No, you won’t need Mt. Everest to complete this exercise! In fact, you don’t need any equipment at all. Mountain Climbers are a great plyometric exercise that works your quads, chest, hamstrings, shoulders, and your core muscle groups. Plyometrics encourage muscles to exert maximum force in as short a time as possible. Here’s how you do them:
- Begin in a push-up position, keeping your back straight with your weight supported by your hands and toes.
- Flexing the knee and hip, bring one leg forward until your knee is approximately under the hip. This is the Mountain Climber starting position.
- Next, tighten your abs and vigorously reverse the positions of your legs, extending the bent leg until the leg is straight and supported by the toe; flexing the knee, bring the opposite foot up towards your hip.
- Repeat in an alternating fashion for 20-30 seconds.
For added difficulty, try doing multiple sets of 30 seconds, or doing them for longer intervals. Try adding 20 seconds onto your time each day this week!
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