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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:
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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.
2. Walk your hands forward so that you're in a high plank position.
3. Do one push-up, keeping your elbows close to your torso. Drop to your knees if you need.
4. 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.