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Mountain Climbers- the devil’s work?

SO we all kind of loathe mountain climbers but here’s the thing- they actually bloody work.

They can be done in the comfort of your own home and are a great full-body exercise, great for a little HIIT circuit training or indeed as a finisher to your weights session in the gym to get your heart racing in next to no time.

mountain-climberAfter 20 to 30 seconds of “climbing,” you’ll feel the effects of this really  beneficial exercise. If you value efficiency in your  workouts, mountain climbers are the perfect fit. They are a compound exercise which means they work several joints and muscle groups at the same time.

The steady ‘running’ motion targets your glute and leg muscles, including your quadriceps and hamstrings. Your core muscles, including your back, hips and abs, work hard to keep your body stable and even your shoulders and chest get to work hard. You can boost the overall strength benefits of the exercise by keeping your hips closer to the floor.

Simply whack on some thumping music with a good beat and try and increase your 30 second rounds- 30 seconds on 10 seconds off and repeat x 10-15!