Push Up with Mountain Climber Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Bodyweight
  • Compound
  • Push (Bilateral)
  • Intermediate
  • Abs, Shoulders, Triceps
Chest Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Push Up with Mountain Climber Overview

The push up with mountain climber is a combination movement that combines both a push up and a mountain climber.

The push up portion of the push up with mountain climber targets the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. The addition of the mountain climber provides a core challenge to both contract to pull the knees up towards the chest and to stabilize the body while doing so.

Push Up with Mountain Climber Instructions

  1. Assume a quadruped position on the floor with your hands under your shoulders, toes tucked, and knees under hips.
  2. Extend one leg at a time and assume a push up position with the legs straight, elbows extended, and head in a neutral position looking at the floor.
  3. Slowly descend to the floor by retracting the shoulder blades and unlocking the elbows.
  4. Descend until the upper arms are parallel or your chest touches the floor.
  5. Push back to the starting point by extending the elbows and driving your palms into the floor.
  6. Drive one knee towards your chest then quickly replace as you switch and drive the other knee to your chest.
  7. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Push Up with Mountain Climber Tips

  1. Your arms should resemble an arrow in the bottom position, not a “T”.
  2. Your spine should remain rigid throughout the entire exercise, think of the push up as a moving plank.
  3. Squeeze your glutes and brace your abs before descending to keep the ribcage neutral.
  4. Keep the chin down and don’t look forward.
  5. Imagine you’re trying to push your thumbs together while completing the movement, this will improve activation of the pecs.
  6. Don’t allow the head to jut forward, the chest should touch at the same time as your nose.
  7. Think about trying to push yourself as far away from the floor as possible.
    • Ensure you push all the way through the floor at the top of the repetition and allow your shoulder blades to move around your ribcage.
    • Most folks cut the repetition short and don’t garner the full benefits.