Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBodyweight
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypeIsometric
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Shoulder Taps Overview

The shoulder tap is a variation of the plank and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the core.

The shoulder tap challenges your core stability as you maintain a push up position while bringing your hand through the range of motion necessary to touch your shoulder and return to the starting position.

Shoulder Taps Instructions

  1. Assume a pushup position with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width.
  2. Slowly raise one hand off the floor and touch your opposing shoulder.
  3. Replace the hand and repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Shoulder Taps Tips

  1. The main goal is to ensure the hips stay stable. Imagine you’re trying to balance a cup of water on your lower back as you raise each hand.
  2. Continue to breathe normally and do not hold your breath, you shouldn’t be using respiration to compensate for a lack of stability. Learn how to move while maintaining position without having to rely upon your breath.
  3. Keep the fingers spread wide while touching the floor, this will increase your base of support and also enhance proprioception through the hands.
  4. Do not look up, keep the neck neutral and the eyes fixed on the floor just above the fingertips as you complete each rep.