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How to Do the Inchworm Exercise

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author image Max Whitmore
Max Whitmore is a personal trainer with more than three years experience in individual and group fitness. Whitmore has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Cincinnati, fitness certifications and dietetics training from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Whitmore has written for several online publishers.
How to Do the Inchworm Exercise
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The inchworm is an exercise that works the arms, chest and upper back as well as the lower back and abs. It is called the inchworm because it mimics the up-and-down motion of a worm moving across a flat surface. The exercise requires no additional equipment, meaning you can do it almost anywhere. Consult your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you are new to exercise.

Step 1

Stand with your feet at hip width. Hinge forward at the waist and touch the floor with your palms. Bend your knees, if necessary.

Step 2

Walk your hands forward until you are supporting all your weight on your hands and toes. Your body should make a straight line and your hands should line up with your shoulders. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Step 3

Walk your feet forward to meet your hands. Keep your palms on the floor and bend your knees, if necessary.

Step 4

Repeat the inchworm five times or until you get to a wall. Turn around and inchworm back in the opposite direction.

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