Weekend Workout: Twisting Mountain Climbers

Hooray, the weekend is here!! For us, that means the madness of preparing before we leave Christmas Eve morning. But for most people, that means more time spent with loved ones and more loved FOOD! I’m here to give you a little extra exercise that can be done anywhere that can help shred your abs and keep you cut for the holidays. It will hit all across your abdominals, but especially your obliques, the side of your torso. It’s super simple, let’s do it.

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Is there a name for it? I’m sure there is. But for myself, I call it the twisting mountain climbers. And they are not meant to be fast. It’s an extra perk if you have a bosu ball to do this on, but it’s perfectly possible to do without. Alright, let’s go step-by-step, though you won’t really need it.

1. Find a slightly elevated surface (like a bosu ball) and place your hands on it. Try to stack your wrists underneath your shoulders. Place your toes on the floor so it looks like you are in a yoga plank position.

2. Bracing your core, pull your right knee to your left side, basically twisting your body. This is supposed to be a slow movement to really challenge your ab muscles.

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3. Place that right foot down and do the same with the left: bring it over to the right and twist your body.

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4. Repeat.

Really complicated, huh? You can do this for reps or you can time yourself. It’s much harder than it looks and it’s all about muscle control rather than speed. This is a great exercise to do over the weekend for a slam dunk core workout! Use this exercise to stay hungry and fit!

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6 Responses to "Weekend Workout: Twisting Mountain Climbers"

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  1. Powell

    December 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Where are the kitties????? We love you anyway, Grandma (Grandpa too)rp

    • hungryandfit

      December 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I know!! We’re slacking on the bonus kitty pix!

  2. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves

    December 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I love this core move! I’ve done them before and called them cross-body mountain climbers. Some of my favorite core moves are spiderman planks and reverse crunches.

    • hungryandfit

      December 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Looove spiderman planks

  3. bgood1000

    December 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Great looking exercise – I will add to my routine tomorrow!

    • hungryandfit

      December 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Awesome! Have fun!