Mountain Climber

Learn how to perform mountain climbers perfectly with instructions and video by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Mountain Climber

Exercise Families: Cardio

Equipment: Bodyweight

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Kneel on an exercise mat or floor, positioning your knees and feet hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead. Lean forward to place your hands on the floor slightly in front of the shoulders. This is your starting position.

  2. Drive your left knee toward your left elbow while keeping your right leg straightened behind you. Simultaneously switch leg positions by driving your right knee toward your right elbow, straightening your left leg behind you.

  3. Land softly with your left foot on the ground, the heel slightly lifted. Now your left leg is fully extending behind you and your right hip is flexed with your right knee close to your right elbow.

  4. Upon movement, both feet should leave the ground as you drive your right knee forward and extend your left leg back. Maintain a quick pace and continue alternating leg positions for the specified amount of time.

  5. Performing this exercise inclined or declined a great alternative to mountain climbers if you have a limited range of motion in your hips or lower back.

Alternative Exercises:

Incline Mountain Climber  Interval Bike Sprint

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