Work Your Arms And Abs With This One Challenging Exercise

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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:

 
 

Cheryl Carlin

 
 
    1. 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.
 
    1. Walk your hands forward so that you’re in a high plank position.
 
    1. Do one push-up, keeping your elbows close to your torso. Drop to your knees if you need.
 
    1. 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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~Bonus Tip~

 

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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