Start shaping your summer legs with mountain climbers. You want your legs to look great in that bikini! The mountain climber is a versatile exercise in that you can do it on level ground, on an incline, knee-across-your-body, as a warmup, as cardio or as a speed exercise. You can include mountain climbers as part of a bodyweight cardio session.
You will shape your legs, burn more abdominal fat and overall body fat by doing mountain climbers.
Either way, include mountain climbers in your workouts more often. It is one of the best and toughest exercises out there. It is a compound exercise in that it works the calves, quadriceps, glutes, back, chest, triceps, abdominals and shoulders. You will need high levels of core strength to do this exercise the right way for each set.
Do mountain climbers this way:
From a push-up position, keep your back flat (do not let your back bow) and pump your legs as fast as possible (if doing as a speed exercise) like you are running in place. Don’t scrape the ground with your shoes as they run forward. And, don’t let your glutes “sag to the ground” when you are fatigued.
If you feel low back pain when doing mountain climbers, stop immediately. It is impossible to do this exercise the right way if you have a bad back.
Include mountain climbers more in your workouts!
Mark Dilworth, BA, PES