Inchworm: The full-body exercise
We all know how we start a workout plays a very crucial role in its outcome. And that is the reason most experts recommend dynamic stretching to ready your muscles for the workout ahead. But there is one exercise that many global trainers ask their clients to do at the beginning of the workout- they call it the ultimate warm up that heats up the entire muscular system. So let’s hear it for Inchworm!
What is inchworm?
Well, for the uninitiated, it is not the wriggly worm but an actual exercise move. For starters, you are supposed to stand with your feet hip distance apart and then walk your hands out into a plank without moving your feet and then try a push up if you can, or crawl back to the standing position. They may be sounding easy but they can be quite challenging as they engage all your muscles.
How does it help?
The main aim of the workout is muscle flexibility through hamstrings and also increases strength in shoulders, chest, core. This one movement can increase stress in your muscular system. This is especially important when you are planning to train your upper body as it not only helps the body warm up but also flexes shoulder joints.
One exercise, multiple benefits
Even runners can make great use of this warm up move. It helps elongate the hamstring and make your muscles work from head to toe. In fact if you look closely, this one exercise involves the goodness of various important moves. It elongates your body, fully lengthens your legs, works on your arms and shoulders and also engages your core muscles.
Build up your stamina
One should start by doing 4 sets of 10 inchworm and work it up to a higher number as they feel their body is ready for it. Beginners can skip the push up position and just crawl their hands forward and back. You will see that regular practice will help you do more repetitions, that too quickly.