This week’s exercise starts with an old favorite, the Mountain Climber, and takes it to an intense new level with some additional movements that are great for your trunk, hips, and legs.
One thing I never get tired of is seeing a client get up after completing a seemingly easy exercise with that look on their face like you’ve some how tricked them. As they gasp for air, they manage to mumble out “I had no idea that was going to be so hard!” Often times it’s those “oldies but goodies” like burpies, or the Mountain Climber, that can easily be deceptive.
The traditional Mountain Climber can be a great movement for cardio conditioning, trunk training and increasing speed. The only problem is it’s a little limited. We’ve added in a few extra positions to really maximize the muscles of the trunk, hips and legs as well as challenge different ranges of motion at the involved joints.
As always, start slow and make sure that the form is perfect on all of the positions before you start to increase your speed. The amount of repetitions per position is up to you and your current level of conditioning, but no matter what, always be sure to stop once your form begins to deteriorate! Have fun with this one!