Monday, March 17, 2014

Here's a great exercise, full body, no equipment!

I am a big fan of exercises that require no equipment, not a lot of space, and are simple to understand.  The best example I have of this type of exercise it the basic mountain climber.  Featured in the video below, the mountain climber is an awesome full body workout.  Here is a simple look at the muscles used and how their used:

1.  Arms/shoulders sustain your weight & stabilize
2.  Quads/Hamstrings flex and extend to drive legs during movement
3.  Back & ab muscles maintain hip & core stability
4.  Variety of smaller muscles throughout the body are activated depending on speed/variation

Mountain climbers are also great because you can modify them if you are a novice or more advanced as well.  If you are just starting out, raise your hands up on a bench or chair to decrease the weight on your upper body.  If you are more advanced, put each hand on a medicine ball or both hands on a yoga ball.  If you really want to maintain the no equipment idea, simply stagger your hands or put them closer or farther apart to make it harder.

This exercise is a great way to energize your body.  Start the morning with a couple 20-30 second sets to get yourself moving.  Also, it's a great way to break up the workday.  Have you been sitting in your chair/cubicle for hours?  Staring at Facebook forever?  Get up, move the chair, get down, and bang out a couple sets.  

Mountain climbers are a perfect example of a component of an Active Lifestyle.  


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