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Wrist-Friendly Push Alternatives

Do your wrists ache every time you do push-ups or handstands? Unfortunately, if your wrists are lacking extension (the ability to lift your palm and fingers up), then you’re putting a ton of stress on those small little wrist joints.

In today’s coaching I’m going to give you some alternatives that won’t leave your wrists aching all the time, while still allowing you to train your favorite movements.


I love these alternatives because they allow you to maintain a neutral wrist, which will help you avoid irritating that wrist over and over again.

Stick with these variations, so as your wrist mobility improves and you’re ready to get your hands back on the floor, the rest of the body will be prepared as well.


Let’s do a quick test to see how your wrists are doing.

  • Hold your arms in front of your chest squeezing your forearms together

  • Open your hands into wrist extension like in the picture below.

  • If you can’t make your palms parallel to the ground, you need to stop with all of the floor movements you’re doing asap and watch today’s coaching.

Wrist friendly push alternative


If you have access to a pair of parallettes, then this is the best option. However, most gyms don’t have these but dumbbells are simple replacement.

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Coach Matt Pippin

Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field and has coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. He's incredibly passionate about bringing simple and effective online mobility training programs to everyone who wants to take control of their self care and make lasting change. CLICK HERE to learn more.


  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist

  • Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach

  • Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)

  • Level 1 Kinstretch Instructor

  • Weck Method Qualified


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