Mountain Climbers!

Mountain Climbers!

It’s #TrainingTuesday & today I’m breaking down Mountain Climbers! We do these so often in the training sessions at Ironside Fitness because they are an awesome cardio exercise that also targets other areas of the body! Mountain climbers are often used in most cardio routines and are not typically seen when exercising for strength. This exercise continuously engages the core while working the quads and glutes! Although mountain climbers are extremely fun, they are not recommended if you have knee issues.

#TrainingTuesday Mountain Climbers

Technique:

  • Begin in a high plank with your core engaged and shoulders set. Hands should be shoulder width apart and head in a neutral position.
  • Bend one leg and bring the knee as close to the chest as you can.
  • Return leg to the start position.
  • Repeat knee drive with the other leg.
  • Continue repeating knee drive ensuring you pull the knee as close to the chest as you can.

Things to Avoid:

  • In the start position your butt should not be in the air, the entire body should remain flat through the entire movement.
  • Ensure you are not excessively swinging your hips throughout the movement.

Variations:

  • Push yourself! Drive those knees as hard and fast as you can!
  • To get more of a workout from the legs you could also try adding wearing ankle weights!

Although there aren’t many ways to physically make mountain climbers more challenging, you need to push yourself mentally! You aren’t working hard enough if you aren’t sweating so make sure this cardio exercise puts you into that zone!