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Working out can be a lot like cooking…sometimes you enjoy long, methodical endurance challenges (like tackling five miles or a risotto). Other times it’s all about time-saving hacks that get the job done—quickly.
The inchworm to push-up exercise is the latter. It’s a one-and-done, no-frills strength move that works your arms and abs muscles. And, if you do the reps quickly enough (with good form of course), you’ll sneak in a little cardio work, too. Since you don’t need any equipment, you can do this move anywhere. (Well, maybe not at the grocery store or Epcot…but the gym, your living room, a hotel room, and the beach are all fair game.)
The inchworm exercise is tough, but it gets the job done. Here’s how to do it:
- Start standing with feet hip-width apart. Hinge forward at your hips and place your palms on the floor, bending your knees as needed to reach.
- Walk your hands forward so that you’re in a high plank position.
- Do one push-up, keeping your elbows close to your torso. Drop to your knees if you need.
- Walk your hands back toward feet and stand up. That’s 1 rep. Do 10 total. Rest for 30 seconds. Then repeat two more times.
BOOM! You’re now the mother of inchworms.
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Skip the push-up and incorporate the inchworm exercise into your dynamic warm-up to help prep your muscles for a tough HIIT workout.
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