The inchworm exercise gets its name from its resemblance to how a worm moves across the floor. It is a full-body compound exercise, that works the core, shoulders, chest and glutes. It’s also an amazing exercise for stretching and working your hamstrings.
The inchworm is normally performed as a warm up exercise prior to your main workout, however, is also a good stand alone exercise or an exercise to incorporate within your active rest.
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How to Do an Inchworm
- Stand up straight with your feet close together and toes pointing forward.
- Bend at the hips, keeping your legs as straight as possible, reach down and place both hands on the floor
- Keep your feet fixed, slowly start to walk out from this position using your hands. Remember to keep your legs as straight as possible throughout, you should start to feel a stretch in your hamstrings
- Keep walking out with your hands until your body is in an upper push-up. Your arms should be fully extended and your hands positioned below your shoulders
- Hold the upper push-up for a moment before again, using your hands, walk your upper body back towards your feet
- Once you have returned to the bent over position, simply stand up straight again. This is one repetition