mountain climbers Muscles Worked

Mountain climbers are a core exercise that work the abdominal muscles. They’re done in a quick fashion, so they’re also a cardiovascular exercise to get the heart rate up. Strengthening the abdominals is important for maintaining a stable lower back, especially with lifting tasks.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Mountain climbers

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles


Secondary Muscles

Shoulders Triceps Calves Quads

How to do Mountain climbers

Begin in a high plank position on your hands and feet with the hands directly under the shoulders. Be on your toes with the feet hip distance apart. Have your spine in a straight line from head-to-toe.

Lift one foot off the ground as you bend that knee and crunch the knee toward your chest.

Straighten that leg to place that foot back on the ground as you crunch the other knee in toward your chest in a quick manner.

Repeat for the desired repetitions, alternating legs.


Animation of how to do Mountain climbers