Assume the position
In order to do any exercise correctly, you must start with the proper form. When performing The Mountain Climb, you must make sure that your back is completely parallel to the ground, and your buttocks are in line with it.
Staying in this position will allow you to have the most control over the effectiveness of your exercise. Having your body in this plank position creates the right amount of isolation and tension within your abdominal muscles.
Start climbing the imaginary mountain
Now, it’s time to increase the intensity of your workout by moving your legs. This is where the exercise gets its intimidating name. Let’s face it, it’s never easy to climb a mountain. Fortunately, you can give this mountain its own height. Most athletes perform this exercise by simply alternating their legs in a running position by bringing each knee up as close to their stomach as possible.
You can also benefit from this exercise because of its effect on the cardiovascular system. Your heart rate is encouraged to accelerate when you move your legs in the climbing position. This is also a good way to burn calories in a way that does not require too much space.
Know your variations
Let’s face it, sometimes, it’s hard to climb a rock. So, you may already know that mountain climbing is more than just a little skip and a hop. Don’t worry, this exercise can be done with multiple variations that are adjustable to your capabilities and goals.
Slow and steady
This variation of The Mountain Climb is best for athletes who are aiming to engage in an effective exercise while monitoring their heart rate and body movements. You can simply slow down your climb while staying in a plank position. This allows your abdominal muscles to feel the burn at a level that is less intense. If you want to increase the effectiveness, you can add lite ankle weights or another form of resistance while bringing your knees to your chest at a slow pace. This will help you to concentrate on targeting your areas of concern.
Swift and stiff
This variation is slightly different because it requires more cardiovascular alterations instead of bringing your knees higher. In this version, you have to focus on keeping your knees close to the floor while moving faster to perform the mountain climbing movement in a swift manner. Lots of individuals tend to jump while they are climbing their imaginary mountain of greatness, but jumping can disrupt your perfect plank position.
Mountain climb with socks
This is where it gets fun. This exercise can be increased dramatically by adding socks. This is a good way to make sure that your form is secure. It does not require you to pick up your legs at all. Your back will stay straighter, and your abs will thank you later. Simply put on your mountain climbing socks while getting in the plank position. Now, move your legs back and forth like you’re climbing a mountain. Keep them on the floor so that your legs are almost making a scissor motion. This exercise may cause less stress to your knees in the long run, or in the long climb.