How to do a Mountain Climber

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About Mountain Climber

Sets Logged
1,851,555
Popularity Rank
113th
Difficulty
Beginner
Quads Strength
62 mSCORE 138th
Equipment Required
    Bodyweight-only
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles

Instructions: How To

Mountain Climber is a compound movement that involves holding a high plank or push up position, and alternating bringing your legs forward toward your chest. Holding a high plank position will already recruit your core to keep your back straight. By cycling your legs, you add more instability to the movement, as well as increase the intensity of the exercise itself.

  1. Place your hands just outside shoulder-width apart and extend your right knee and hip to support your weight on your hands and your right toes.
  2. Flex the left knee to position your thigh under your chest with your left foot flat on the ground.
  3. Begin by exploding your left leg back while simultaneously bringing your right leg under your chest allowing your hips to flex upward.
  4. Return back to the starting position and repeat.

Common Mistakes

  • Not Driving Knees Forward

    Make sure you’re driving your knees forward and underneath you. Limiting your range of motion will make this exercise less effective. If you’re struggling to get your knees underneath you, consider using an elevated variation to start.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    3
    sets
    9
    reps
    1 Set Max
    10
    reps
  • intermediate
    4
    sets
    9
    reps
    11
    reps
  • advanced
    4
    sets
    10
    reps
    12
    reps

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