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How to Modify Mountain Climbers

Person performing a push-up on a sandy beach at sunrise or sunset. The individual, who could easily switch to mountain climbers, is wearing a hat, jacket, and scarf, with the ocean and a wooden structure visible in the background.
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If you’re a fan of two-for-one deals, then mountain climbers are a great move to incorporate into your routine. This plank variation boosts strength in your legs and core and works your cardiovascular system — the faster you move your legs, the higher your heart rate will climb.

But, it’s a challenging move to master. You need enough upper-body strength to hold your entire body in a plank position, and you need the coordination to move your legs quickly. Have no fear. Our tutorial will show you how to complete this move with a few modifications.

You can safely modify mountain climbers with the following adjustments:

1. Elevate your upper body and hands.
2. Tap your toes to provide more stability as you pull your opposite knee under your body.
3. Maintain a slow tempo until you feel comfortable increasing the pace.

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As you become more comfortable with this exercise, you can progress your tempo or bring your hands to the floor.

Before you start any exercise program, make sure you consult with a physician.

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