Featured Exercise: Mountain Climbers
Primary Muscles: Abdominals, Hip Flexors, Cardiovascular System
Secondary Muscles: Shoulders
The Mountain Climber is a great, multipurpose exercise. In addition to stressing the abdominal muscles, it is an effective exercise for getting the heart rate elevated. The abdominal muscles engage to drive the knees towards the chest, with the hip flexors assisting in the movement as well. The shoulders act to stabilize the upper body during the active movement of the lower body. Due to the vigorous nature of the exercise, the heart rate is also elevated, making it a great for anaerobic conditioning exercise as well. Kick-start that body fat loss with this one! Here’s how it goes:
Starting in a prone position on hands and feet with hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, right foot back with leg extended and left knee drawn up to the chest, switch feet in the air, driving the right knee forward and driving the left foot back until you have completely switched foot positions. Repeat this movement at an elevated pace, engaging the abdominal muscles as you drive each knee towards the chest. Keep a regular breathing pattern as you perform the movement. Perform the exercise for time or repetition number. Start with 30 seconds without stopping or 50 total repetitions and work up from there. Make sure that there is no discomfort in the shoulders or lower back.
This is how you create a strong, stable core and burn body fat at the same time. Enjoy!