mountain climbers and mountain jumpers
Talk about versatile exercises; you can crank these guys out just about anywhere, even in your cubicle at work! No weights required, and they'll work your upper body, lower body, and cardio.
How to perform Mountain Climbers (scroll down for Mountain Jumpers)
- Start in a push-up position.
- Bring one leg forward, so your knee is close to your chest.
- Move that leg back to starting position and bring the other leg forward.
- As you feel comfortable with the movement, increase your speed so you're basically running in place, from the push-up position.
Here's a terrific video by Shanay Norvell showing excellent form:
Mountain Jumpers are almost the same as Mountain Climbers, except you'll pull both feet forward at the same time, so that you're "jumping" rather than "climbing" the mountain.
Here's a video demonstration put on by MMA Armor (photos above were clipped from this video).
Legal Disclaimer (don't blame me).
Warning - I am NOT a licensed physical trainer, therapist, nutritionist, or a doctor. I am a regular guy who just happens to love exercise and fitness.
Exercise can be dangerous if done incorrectly or in excess. I can't see you, and you can't see me, to know if you're doing an exercise incorrectly, which could lead to injury.
Please Please Please seek help / advice / counsel from a local professional before starting a new program, or before doing an exercise you're unfamiliar with. This information is intended as a guide to point you in the right direction. If you aren't familiar with the exercises described herein, I highly recommend seeking professional advice before trying them.