How To Do Mountain Climbers

Chris Freytag demonstrates Knee to Chest Abs

Mountain Climbers are a killer exercise that get your heart rate up fast while also firing up nearly every muscle group in the body—deltoids, biceps, triceps, chest, obliques, abdominals, quads, hamstrings and hip abductors. It’s truly a fully body workout! Mountain Climbers are also very accessible. You can perform them anywhere because they require only your bodyweight.

Learning how to do Mountain Climbers will give you a combination of strength and cardio together. This type of total body exercise gets you the most bang for your buck when it comes to working out. With this move you are benefiting your cardiovascular health and improving strength. But one of the main components of this exercise is core-strength, which is vital in order to maintain proper form. Before you get started, watch our video on how to do a proper Mountain Climber so that you’re getting the most out of your workout!

Mountain Climber is a great exercise to incorporate into almost any workout routine. Strength training? Do 30 seconds of Mountain Climbers in between sets to rev up you heart rate. Out for a run? Try dropping to the ground for a few push-ups and a set of Mountain Climbers to mix it up. Or put it to work in this great workout routine, 10-Minute Workout to Blast Fat, which features Mountain Climbers as well as a host of other high-intensity exercises to keep your heart rate up and your metabolism burning!

Here are the steps to performing Mountain Climbers:

A) Start in a plank position with arms and legs long.

B) Draw in your abdominals and drive one knee into the chest then switch legs quickly.  Continue with right, left, right, left knees “running” to the the chest. Prevent bouncing up and down in your body by keeping abs tight.

Targets: hamstrings, core

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