When it comes to exercises that show up all the time in fitness classes, mountain climbers are right up there with squats, lunges, and push-ups. So it's worthwhile to make sure you're getting everything you can from them. When done correctly, the mountain climber is an excellent cardio move that works your arms, shoulders, quads, and most of all, your core, explains Cori Lefkowith, Orange County-based personal trainer and founder of Redefining Strength.
"The mountain climber is an important movement because it will not only help you develop a toned core, but it will also help you build core stability and get all of the muscles of your core working together correctly," explains Lefkowith. Building strength in all of your core muscles is important because the core is a major stabilizer for your body when you move, whether you're doing a deadlift or just picking something heavy up off the ground. "If you want a strong core that prevents pain and even helps you lift more and run faster, it is important to include compound core moves like this one," says Lefkowith.
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