Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights or machines as the individual’s own weight provides resistance against gravity. It is recognised that bodyweight exercises can enhance a range of biomotor abilities including strength, power, endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance. Bodyweight training utilises simple abilities such as pushing, pulling, squatting, bending, twisting and balancing.
Bodyweight exercises are the ideal choice for individuals who are interested in fitness but do not have access to equipment, because they do not require weights or specialised machinery.
Mountain climbers begin in a push-up position, with the body in a straight line and elbows locked. The left knee is brought to the chest and the left foot placed on the ground, with the right leg remaining outstretched. The individual then performs a small hop and switches the position of the feet so that the right knee is brought to the chest, the right foot placed on the ground and the left leg is extended behind the body. The exercise is then repeated, most commonly at a fast pace for a defined length of time.
Muscles integrated into the exercise:
Your Health Coach recommends a daily routine of 3 rounds and 10 repetitions of:
- Mountain Climber straight forward / nose
- Mountain Climber to the side / elbows