Very few people know about inch worms as an exercise is a great way to build strength in the upper body and also stretch the low back and hamstrings at the same time. Perform this exercise when you need to mix it up during your body weight exercise routines.
How to do an Inch Worm:
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and place your hands on the ground in front of your toes. Your knees can be bent slightly the main point is not to get a stretch your hamstrings but to build strength in your upper body. Slowly walk your hands out away from your body shifting your weight onto them. When you get about 2 feet or so in front of you slowly walk your hands back toward your feet. Repeat.
Muscle group worked:
Whole body but mostly your upper body and shoulders.
Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: 6-8
Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: 8-12
Why Inch Worms works:
Inchworm’s exercise works so effectively because when your upper body and hands are way from your lower body much of your weight is being held up by your upper body.
Tips: As you walk your hands out strive to shift as much of your weight onto your arms as you can.
Important!: Breathe out as you walk your hands away from you, breathe in as you walk your hands back toward you.
Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.