You’ve most likely heard about the mountain climbers exercise.
No, I’m not talking about an exercise that will help you climb mountains (although I guess it could). I’m talking about one of the most effective core strengthening exercises that I know you’re not using.
The mountain climbers exercise is extremely versatile. I use it for my warm ups, for my circuit training, for my kettlebell workouts, and even for my bootcamps. It looks simple but I assure you it poses its share of challenges.
The exercise does not require any equipment, only some space for you to lie down in a plank position with your arms fully extended.
Here’s a quick video showing you exactly how to perform the exercise:
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As you’ll soon notice, the mountain climbers exercise will help you:
- Improve your cardiovascular fitness;
- Develop muscular endurance in your arms;
- Develop your core strength.
The last one is the one I want to particularly emphasize. The act of bringing your knees towards your chest is similar to performing a reverse crunch – only it is more dynamic and at a much faster pace. If done correctly, the movement will challenge your core in a completely unique way.
How can you take advantage of the mountain climbers?
Do what I do:
- Add them to your warm up;
- Use them for your circuit and interval training;
- Work them into your kettlebell circuit workouts (the kettlebell swing and mountain climbers go really well together).
Give the mountain climbers exercise a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!