How To Do a Mountain Climber
Exercises to Note
Whether you are looking to add a new exercise to your arsenal, or just trying to figure out how to perform the perfect full-body exercise, mountain climbers are often overlooking, without good reason. Mountain climbers are a full body exercise that can be quite grueling if performed properly.
The first thing you will do is to get down on all fours. I personally like to do these on a carpet, if I’m at home, or on top of a few mats at the gym.
You will then get up on your hands and toes. Now, your hands should be about shoulder width apart, or slightly wider, whichever position is more comfortable for you. Your foot placement is not important, straight back and a little separated is perfectly fine.
Next, you will bring your knee to about hip height underneath of you, this is your start position for this particular exercise. You might notice that your back will want to bend excessively almost going into a ‘cat back’, try to remember to keep your back as flat as you can. If you are not exceptionally flexible you might not be able to keep yourself from arching your back, but this is okay. Try stretching and working on your flexibility, this will help with all other facets of your exercise routine, so it’s important to work on!
From your start position you will switch leg positions. You want to try and be as explosive as you can be from this position because it will work your quads more, the more explosive you are with the exercise, which is really one of the reasons why we want to add this to our routines.
The leg that was bent underneath of your torso in the start position will go back straight and support your weight on your toes as the leg that was back will shoot up underneath and replace your start position leg.
You will repeat this exercise switching legs back and forth for the number of reps and set you want. Personally, I count two leg movements as one rep. You right leg going up and back counts as one rep. Doing this will ensure that you are getting the same amount of reps per leg.
Or if you are just starting out, you can also do this mountain climber exercise for a specified amount of time, and get as many reps as you can in the time allotted. This is good for beginners because you won’t have to support your weight on your hands and toes for a very long time, as compared to doing a certain amounts of reps would could take longer.
Now that you know how to perform the perfect mountain climber, be sure to add this to your next workout and feel the burn!