7 Reasons Why Mountain Climbers Are One Of The Best Exercises to Do

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  December 11, 2017
  • Put mountain climbers at the top of your list
    1 / 9 Put mountain climbers at the top of your list

    If you have time for only one exercise, let it be mountain climbers.

    This super basic move is packed with so many benefits, and is a staple in HIIT and strength training workouts.

    Click right to see the benefits.

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  • But first, how to do mountain climbers?
    2 / 9 But first, how to do mountain climbers?

    Start in high plank position with hands directly under shoulders and legs extended behind you. Tuck tailbone in as you engage core muscles. Push floor away from you and look diagonally ahead. Your body should be in a straight line. Bend one knee and draw it to chest, then straighten behind you. Repeat on other side, alternating without stopping. The faster you go, the more explosive the exercise. Prevent hips from shifting by contracting your midsection and glutes. To make sure you’re really engaging the right muscles, imagine balancing a glass of water on your back as your legs move front and back.

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  • Mountain climbers are seriously efficient
    3 / 9 Mountain climbers are seriously efficient

    Mountain climbers are a compound exercise that works several joints and muscles at the same time, from your neck down to your feet. In particular, it targets your triceps, deltoids, abs, back, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings and butt. Few exercises are as efficient as this, which means you can count on doing mountain climbers alone for a quick and effective workout.

    (Also read: How to Do A Perfect Burpee – And Mistakes to Avoid)

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  • Mountain climbers improve your cardiovascular fitness
    4 / 9 Mountain climbers improve your cardiovascular fitness

    Done explosively, mountain climbers will shoot your heart rate up in a matter of seconds. Here’s an example: Go all out – as fast as you can – for 30 seconds, followed by 15 seconds rest. Do this five times – it takes only 3.5 minutes. If you have more time, repeat this for as long as you can manage in good form. For more challenge, go all out for 45 seconds with 15 seconds rest. We guarantee you’ll be shagged and dripping with sweat.

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  • Mountain climbers strengthen your core
    5 / 9 Mountain climbers strengthen your core

    Your core muscles consist of your abs, obliques, lower back, glutes and pelvic floor. These muscles help you maintain a good posture during exercise, as well as avoid injury. When doing mountain climbers, you’ll need to switch on those muscles to keep your hips from moving up and down or side to side.

    To focus on your obliques, which will make your waist look more defined, try doing twisting mountain climbers (shown): Bring knees to opposite arms instead, without shifting hips.

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  • Mountain climbers tone your butt and legs
    6 / 9 Mountain climbers tone your butt and legs

    When you’re going fast, your glutes, quads and hamstrings have to work as hard as when you’re running. On days when you can’t go out for a run, just do mountain climbers.

    (Also read: 9 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running)

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  • Mountain climbers are low-impact
    7 / 9 Mountain climbers are low-impact

    If you’re avoiding high-impact activities like running, and still want a solid workout, mountain climbers are perfect. Done properly, they barely put any weight on commonly achy spots like the back, knees and ankles.

    (Also read: 10 Low-Impact Exercises That Still Burn Calories)

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  • Mountain climbers train agility and coordination
    8 / 9 Mountain climbers train agility and coordination

    Mountain climbers require you to be quick-footed and move to a rhythm, which makes this exercise great for improving agility and coordination. Stop and adjust your form if those hips start to sink – that often leads to lower back strain.

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  • Mountain climbers increase flexibility
    9 / 9 Mountain climbers increase flexibility

    As your legs shuttle back and forth constantly, you’re loosening up the joints in your hips and knees. That improves mobility, making it easier to do plyometric exercises later on, such as tuck jumps and jump lunges. Mountain climbers are also an excellent dynamic warm-up for runners – your strides will feel lighter and smoother.

    (Also read: Top 10 Fitness Trends Of 2018 – And Why You Should Care About Them)

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