Have you ever wondered what climbing a Mountain is like without actually being on the mountains?, Well the Mountain Climber exercises has the same effect…Burning legs, Heart Rate though the roof etc etc
Read our ‘How to do a Mountain Climber’ blog to spice up your HIIT routine today.
The Mountain Climber
A Mountain climber is total body exercise. Your upper body and core works while maintain a high plank position and your lower body works as you drive your knees through the movement. Your Cardio Vascular system also gets a workout.
This exercise can be completed using just bodyweight so it can be done anywhere and can easily be included in your HIIT workouts, it also has a number of variations so you can make it harder, the stronger you get.
- Start Position —Starting with your palms facing flat on the ground. Keeping your Shoulders above your hands and your knees off of the floor.
- Execution —Keeping your body in a straight line. Slowly raise one foot off the floor and drive the knee towards your chest, keeping your toe off the floor at all times. Return your working leg back to the start and repeat. Perform this exercise as quick as you can.
Making the Mountain Climber easier
Mountain Climbers can be quite daunting and difficult to perform if you haven’t got the balance, coordination and fitness to get through them. So we have given you a small variation to help you along the way to the full exercise!
Controlled Mountain Climbers
This is exactly what it says on the tin. Perform the mountain climber as normal but control your movements. Only move one foot when the other is firmly placed on the floor.
Mountain Climber Variations:
Like we said earlier, the Mountain Climber is a simple body weight exercise designed so you can get the maximum amount of reps out of a set. But, if you want to make this exercise harder, then try our variations out for size.
Mountain Climber with a Press Up:
Perform the mountain climber as normal, but after ever 10 repetitions, Complete a press up, once completed, go straight back in to another 10 repetitions of the Mountain Climber……enjoy!
Mountain Climber With squat thrusts:
Perform the mountain climber as normal, but after ever 10 repetitions, Complete 5 squat thrusts, once completed, go straight back in to another 10 repetitions of the Mountain Climber……not for the light hearted!
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