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Published on Mar 1, 2013
Effectively work your shoulders, core, glutes and hip flexors with a common athletic move known as mountain climbers. Relax; you don't need to find a mountain! All you need is your body weight and the floor. And if you feel ready you can try my advanced option with a half ball or a stability ball.
The thing I love about fitness is that you can adapt many moves to fit your current fitness level. I have three variations of the mountain climber to show you, so you can find the one that feels right for you.
I'm Samantha Clayton, fitness expert and former competitive sprinter. I'm working with Herbalife to help you achieve a healthy, active life.
Let's start out with the most simple version and progress from there.
Did you see my perfect push-up video? (http://hrbl.me/Vm6Z4A) This exercise requires that we get into the perfect push up position. - Let's start out with our beginner version using the bench. - Place your hands on the bench and walk your feet back until you have a nice flat back. - Your wrists and shoulders should be in a nice straight line and your core should be tight. - Lift one knee toward your chest, hold for a second and return it to the floor. - Then lift the other knee, hold and return. - Find a nice comfortable pace that allows you to do the movement without raising your butt up and down. - Try to count to 20, rest and then repeat for three sets.
If you are ready to make it a little more challenging we can change the angle and do it on the floor. - Get into your push-up position; your eyes should be looking just slightly in front of you to ensure you keep a neutral neck position. - As you bring your knee to your chest, your toe can tap the floor or you can keep it elevated.
I love to challenge your core so if you have a half ball give this advanced move a try. - Turn the half ball upside down and get into your push-up position. - Start your mountain climber movements and focus so that you keep the half ball as still as possible.
This mountain climber exercise is a perfect move that you can add to a fitness circuit, you can do it at the park after a run or you can do it in your living room while watching TV during the commercials!