Mountain climbers is a full body plyometric exercise. It can be performed anywhere as it only requires some space and your own body weight. It´s associated with multiple benefits:
- It developes the cardiovascular system by strengthening the heart and lungs.
- Improves speed, quickness, explosiveness, and power in the lower body.
- Strengthens our core because of the work done by your obliques, abdominals and the muscles around your hips as they isometrically contract, holding your torso stable.
How to do it:
- Start by getting into a press up position.
- With your core engaged, lift your right foot off the floor and raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. If you are new to mountain climbers perform the knee to chest motion slow. Build it up to a faster pace with practice.
- Return the right leg to the original position as you raise the left knee to the chest.
- Keep your spine straight and keep switching legs. Begin to pick up the pace until you feel like running in place in a plank position.
It´s more important take care of our position (spine straight) than touch the chest with our knees. If we raise our tailbone and round our spine, we are losing all the core work, wich implies a lot of not-burned calories.