Mountain Climbers Exercise Guide
The Mountain Climber is a bodyweight exercise that serve as a great full-body workout. This plyometric plank movement does it all: increases core strength, defines the shoulders, chest and upper back, works the quads and glutes -- all while raising the heart rate.
How to do Mountain Climbers
Put hands on board, slightly broader than shoulder width. On forefeet, put one leg forward bent under body and stretch other leg back.
While holding upper body in place, alternate leg positions by pushing hips up while immediately extending forward leg back and pulling rear leg forward under body, landing on both forefeet simultaneously.
When this movement hurts your wrists, hang onto blunt-edged dumbbells instead of keeping your palms down on the floor to relieve wrist discomfort.
After you've learned the fundamentals, hold your hips small and even with your knees and shift your legs at a quicker speed. You may also pursue other combinations, including pulling the knees in diagonally around.
When you're just practicing this step, holding your buttocks higher than your thighs. slow down the step, holding weight balanced to support the shoulders.
Intensity can be increased by stepping faster.
Don't lift your hips too high. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.
Learn how to do mountain climbers from this step-by-step illustrations:
The muscles used for mountain climbers may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for mountain climbers are:
- Hip Flexors
- Front Deltoids
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|Type(s)||Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Compound, Aerobic, Cardio, Endurance|
|Muscles Worked||Abdominals, Trapezius, Biceps Femoris, Deltoids, Quadriceps, Gluteus, Latissimus Dorsi, Hip Flexors, Anterior Deltoids|
|Difficulty Level(s)||Basic, Easy, Moderate, Simple|
|Location||At Gym, At Home, Outdoor|
|Target muscle(s)||Abs, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Glutes, Hip Flexors, Front Deltoids|
|Synergyst muscle(s)||Traps, Deltoids, Lats|