How To Do Inchworm Exercise: Tips, Modifications & Benefits
How to do inchworm:
- Start standing with your feet together.
- Forward fold with straight legs, and place your hands on the floor.
- Walk your hands out until you are in a plank position with shoulders over your wrists.
- Bend your elbows and bring your chin and chest to the floor. Your elbows should form a 45-degree angle with your shoulder joints.
- Press back up to your plank.
- Walk your hands back in toward your feet, keeping your legs as straight as possible.
- Roll back up to a standing position, with control.
Tips & modifications:
- Grab the floor with your fingers as you walk out, pushing the floor away from you with straight arms.
- Hug your elbows in toward the body, as you lower your upper body toward the floor.
- To modify and make it easier, bend your knees on the way down and up. You can also eliminate the pushup.
What are the benefits?
Along with being a fantastic full-body move, inchworms help improve mobility and stability overall, Gray tells mbg. Plus, it takes a lot of control to walk in and out with your hands, and complete a pushup, which will help build a stable and solid core. And having a strong center translates into better posture and proper form in other exercises.
Since you're working your full body, you could do as many sets as you like to get a quick workout in, or you can incorporate inchworm into your routine among other exercises. And of course, there's no equipment required, which is always a plus.
The bottom line is, the next time you want to get your blood pumping and work your whole body, inchworm is a great option to try.
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