Do Mountain Climbers Build Muscle?

How to Properly Utilize Full Body Exercises


Mountain climbers are the perfect full body exercise for weight gain that work an astounding 12 muscles when performed properly. This exercise is a great option for beginners and veterans, along with people who do not have access to a gym; mountain climbers can easily be performed in your own home, along with practically anywhere there is floor space in the gym.


When it comes to lifting, there are typically three ways of thinking. First, the lift heavier weight with lower reps, second, the lift lighter weight with higher reps, and third, utilize full body, bodyweight routines. Each of these thoughts is how someone feels is the best way to lose fat and gain muscle.


Though, it might come as a surprise to some, especially with all of the false propaganda going around, it is literally impossible to put on substantial amounts of muscle mass while in a deficit attempting to lose body fat. It is just not done, the body doesn’t work like that.


But, there are little tips and tricks that will help you on your way to getting your dream body, even if you don’t have access to a gym, weights, or any type of equipment at all. This is where the third frame of thinking comes into play. Making use of your own bodyweight to come up with your perfect at home routine.

Full Body Exercise vs Muscle Specific Exercise

Everyone and anyone who has ever lost weight, lifted, or trained another person (or yourself) knows that everyone and their mother will argue with you over what is best for the body. Whether it be lifting routines, dieting preferences, or even what cardio is best! Everyone has their own opinion on what is best.


Something that cannot be disputed is the fact that people who do not have access to a gym with equipment and weights will see far more results by way of full body exercises with bodyweight than no exercise at all!


While performing mountain climbers, specifically, you will engaged 12 muscles which are your: deltoids, biceps, triceps, pectoralis major, obliques, rectus abdominals, lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip adductors, hip abductors.


This is quite a few muscles from a simple movement. Now, when it comes to actually building muscle from an exercise such as mountain climbers, it can be tough to make an umbrella statement, because each person is different and the effects will be different per person overall.


What the heck does that even mean? Well, if you’ve never exercised, lifted, or even done a pushup before in your life, adding this into your exercise routine will bring about awesome results. You will build muscle in this specific circumstance.


Though, on the other end, if you’ve been exercising and lifting for 10 years or more, doing mountain climbers for a minute will not bring about the same results. When you hit a certain level, it gets harder and harder to add muscle onto your frame if you have been lifting for quite some time. You body gets used to the muscle fibers being ripped 5 or 6 days a week, that doing a simple body weight exercise won’t really get your body packing on the muscle like it would if you were just starting out.


However, if you are a lifting veteran, you can easily make these more difficult by adding weight to your back, resistance bands or ankle weights to make the exercise more strenuous, adding to the muscle building effect.


Knowing how to perform this exercise is a great asset for beginners and veterans, so make use of it in your next exercise day because it has great benefits that will aid with all levels of lifters. Using bodyweight or slapping a 45 on your body, get it done, and get sweating!