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Try It Tonight: The Wheelbarrow Sex Position

Published: JANUARY 10, 2017 | Updated: JUNE 28, 2022
Skip the gym and get in bed; this sizzling sex position provides a full body workout.

The Wheelbarrow sex position is a standing sex position that’s great for those who love to work up a sweat. The receiving partner has to carry her full weight on her arms and hands, while her partner must support her weight. This position requires muscular strength and endurance - it's a real, full-body workout! So skip your workout and hit the sack instead!


Want to try it tonight? Here are some tips on how to do it right.

Oh, and if this sex position doesn't get you hot and bothered, check out our Sex Position Playlist to find one that will!

Editor's note: We're using some gendered pronouns here to correspond to the images shown and make things more clear. Note that these positions may also work for non-heterosexual couples. Adapt them to your liking!


What the giving partner does in the Wheelbarrow Sex Position

For the giving partner, the real appeal of the wheelbarrow position is the view. Some people really like coming in from behind, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Not only will you get see your partner’s full body, but you will see it in action, muscles engaged, as she works to maintain this physically challenging stance. Plus, if you like rear entry positions because you love the butt, the wheelbarrow lets you get up close and personal with that particular piece of anatomy. To get into this position, the giving partner remains standing upright. Standing against a wall can help provide support and stability. He can then lift up the receiving partner's legs to wrap them around his waist. He can also hold onto his partner to provide some additional support (and stimulation!)

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What the receiving partner does in the Wheelbarrow Sex Position

The best way to get into the position is for the receiving partner to get onto hands and knees and allow her partner to lift her legs up and around his waist. At this point, the giving partner can then direct his partner’s hips into position, and hold onto her to help support her and control his thrusting. She can then wrap her legs around her partner for additional support. Although much of the physical challenge rests with the receiving partner in this sex position, the giving partner will have to do the thrusting and control the depth of penetration. As a rear-entry position, the wheelbarrow position is also a good way to target the G-spot.


Tips and Tricks for Performing the Wheelbarrow Sex Position

Let’s be honest: You won’t be able to hold the wheelbarrow position for long! The key to having a good time at this is deciding how you’d like to incorporate it into your sex play. If you’d like to try to make it the grand finale of the evening, ensure that you’re both very aroused (read: close!) before getting into it. This position can also be great near the beginning of sex play to help get you and your partner’s blood pumping. Just make sure you do a little warming up first. After all, this is a truly athletic stance!

When you’re done playing in the wheelbarrow sex position, it provides a great excuse to trade cuddles and massages to help you both relax and come down after all that effort.

Other Sex Positions You Might Like If You Loved the Wheelbarrow Sex Position

If the wheelbarrow floats your boat, there are lots of other standing sex positions with similar characteristics you could try. Here are a few of our favorites.


The Seated Wheelbarrow Sex Position

This one has all the fun of the full variation, but it’s a lot less strenuous.

The Waterfall Sex Position


This one is a lot less physical, but it's a real rush to the head!

The Drag Back Sex Position

One foot forward allows for deep penetration - and is great for anal sex


Pair of Tongs Sex Position

Pair of Tongs Sex Position - a standing person penetrates their partner who lies in a side plank.

An even more difficult variation of the wheelbarrow. For those who like a real physical challenge!

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