How to Do a Mountain Climber plank Exercise

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So you want to become a mountain climber? Great! Climbing a mountain can be very rewarding, whether you’re part of a guided group, or going solo. It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you just hop on an ATV and start climbing. While the information given above may seem basic, remember that it’s important to have the right attitude, the right equipment, and the know-how to get to the top. Once you do, you’ll have a great time conquering new places and adding new skills.

Mountain climber plank exercise

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The only true Mountain Climber Plank gear you actually need is this: the right leg lifts. There are many different Mountain Climber Plank variations you could try out which might require various kinds of Mountain Climber Plank gear or might even need no gear at all. What you need to know before you climb is which variation best suits your style and abilities. There is an easy way to figure it out, though. All you need to do is figure out how many inches off the ground your knees are.

You can find the slope’s difficulty level on the mountain climber plank website. If you read through the difficulty levels, you should see how close the number is to your own knees’ width. Once you have the size of your own knees measured, you’ll know how much rope to get, how strong you need to be, and what size shoes/heels to get. These will vary according to the type of climbing you plan on doing.

Mountain Climbing Gear

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The next thing to know is what kind of shoes/heels and ropes you’ll need for each of the different climbing variations. Some of the most popular varieties of climbing, such as indoor and outdoor rock climbing, will have completely different requirements from one another. Rock climbing on steep mountains with loose surfaces, as well as terrain with lots of angles, will require different kinds of equipment from others that are used on flat terrain. The same holds true for indoor climbing, although most indoor versions are designed specifically for the surface and style of climbing and not specifically designed for any kind of variation. The biggest variation among all is climbing on steep, technical terrain that goes either straight up or down.

You can figure out your climbing difficulty level by figuring out your target reps. If you’re a beginner you probably want to work on getting to the top of the mountain climber plank without much rest between reps. Rest is important because your muscles need time to warm up, build strength, and recover. It also allows your heart to maximize its efficiency as you work out.

If you’re at the top of the mountain climber plank and you stop briefly you should take some time to feel your forearms, abs, abdomen, back, and shoulders stretch. As you work the muscles in this area you’ll notice that it becomes tighter. You may be pulling a muscle here or there and if so you want to focus on making the stretch more intense, holding onto the bar for a second and then relaxing. If your goal is to strengthen your entire core, you’ll want to hold onto the bar for several seconds and then relax.

You should be able to feel the stretch in your chest, stomach, hips, upper back, neck, traps, upper arms, and forearms. Once you’ve completed these two minutes of stretching you should be ready for the next step of the exercise, the rock climber plank. You need to keep the climber in the correct plank position, keeping the elbows deep and bent, with the feet apart. You should be squeezing the muscles of your lower back, core, abs, forearm muscles, chest, abdomen, back, and shoulders, to stabilize yourself. When you’re doing this exercise your core workout should be intense.


Your final mountain climber exercise should be a combination of strength and endurance. After completing the above two minutes of exercises, you should do the final climb up the mountain. To increase your challenge, you can increase the difficulty level of each step to challenge your strength and endurance levels. Once you complete the climber plank exercise and then return to the starting level, you should feel like you have the most powerful workout of your life. If you are doing these exercises correctly you will be able to strengthen your body for future climbs and strengthen your muscles for every day activities.

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