Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How to Do Marine Corps Pushups

author image Timothy Onkst
Based in Harker Heights, Texas, Timothy Onkst has been writing about sports, fitness and health since 2003. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including "Texas Roundball" magazine, Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports and other websites.
How to Do Marine Corps Pushups
A woman is doing pushups in an indoor gym. Photo Credit: monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

The Marine Corps Times notes that each branch of the military cannot seem to agree on what makes a perfect pushup. The Marines, Army, Navy and the Air Force all have little nuances in their pushup style that are different from one branch to the other. In order to perform proper Marine Corps-style pushups, there are a few pointers you must remember.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Lie flat on the ground on your stomach and pushup into the starting position. The Marines, like all three other military branches, require you to keep your legs, back and head straight.

Step 2

Lower yourself to the ground and touch your chest to the ground for a brief instant before pushing back to the up position. Marines must touch their chest to the ground briefly for the pushup to count.

Step 3

Count repetitions in a two-for-one pattern, meaning you actually do two pushups for every repetition counted. Former Marine Oscar Rueda notes that the Marines refer to this counting style as a four-count exercise. According to the Marine Corps Times, the Marines are the only military branch to count pushup repetitions this way.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media