Bodyweight Exercise: Mountain Climbers

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Body Areas Worked

  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Core
  • Arms

Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are a classic exercise that are frequently a part of any bootcamp, calisthenic, or circuit training style fitness program. That’s because this exercise kicks butt, burns calories, and works in both a bodyweight training, and cardiovascular capacity.

I love the metaphor of it as well. The challenges of life await us like a mountain ahead. Let’s take it straight on!

  1. Take plank position. Ensure that your fingers point forward in order to maintain a neutral alignment of the shoulder joint.
  2. Squeeze one knee into your chest, or perhaps tap your triceps with your knee.
  3. Look slightly forward of your hands in order to keep the most neutral alignment of your neck and back.
  4. Return your leg to plank position, and then draw the other knee towards your chest or to your triceps.

mountain climbers

Exercise Tips

  • Adjust the intensity by either jumping or stepping from leg to leg with variable quickness.
  • The tendency is to raise your hips into a downward dog position. Avoid this and keep the hips in line with your heels and shoulders.
  • If holding yourself in plank is uncomfortable to your wrists (carpal tunnel, tight wrists), try using push up stands or dumbbells. Those will take a lot of pressure off your wrists.
  • The shoulders tend to pronate when you turn your hands to face away from forward. This places a lot of stress on the rotator cuff muscles, so keep your fingers forward!

You can count on seeing some mountain climbers in my bootcamps, and online workouts. I know what you’re probably thinking… You love mountain climbers about as much as you love burpees. Well, that’s just the nature of this type of exercise. It’s going to be around for a while, so take it like bad medicine. It’s good for you!

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