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How to do Mountain Climbers

Mountain Climber Benefits:

  • High calorie burn is ideal for meeting weight loss goals.
  • Increases lower body power and shoulder stabilization.
  • Moving in the step pattern on the ground limits potential imbalances in the body, reducing the risk of injury.

 

How to do Mountain Climbers:

  1. Start Position: Place your hands directly under your shoulders, with your knees bent and touching the ground, and your toes tucked under.
  2. Movement: Drive your knees off the ground into plank position. Then, keeping your hips stable, drive one knee in toward the chest, toes flexed.
  3. Return: Extend your leg straight back to plank, placing your toes on the ground and switching to the opposite leg.  

Modification and Progression of Mountain Climbers:

  • To simplify mountain climbers, change the angle of your body by placing your hands on a higher, sturdy surface. Or decrease the tempo of your legs.
  • To advance mountain climbers, keep a constant high tempo driving the legs in as fast as possible, or bringing your knee to the opposite elbow.

Movement Tips:  

  • Make sure to keep your hips low in a plank and do not allow them to rise up in the air.
  • Keep your head in line with your neck.
  • Avoid jump switching your feet by driving one knee to the chest and fully extending the leg back before bringing your opposite leg in.

 

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