Cross-Body Mountain Climber

The cross-body mountain climber is a core strengthening exercise that targets the entire abdominal region. The cross-body movement more actively engages the obliques and hip flexors. The exercise also improves upper body strength and stability in the chest, shoulders, and triceps.


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    Get into a pushup position and make your hands are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Your body should form a straight line from the feet to your head.
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    Tighten your core and maintain the contraction the entire time. Bring one knee toward the opposite elbow. Return to the starting position to repeat on the other side.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Be sure to brace your core throughout the entire exercise.
  • Keep your back flat during the exercise to avoid injury.
  • Avoid allowing your hips to creep up during the movement. Focus on keeping your body level throughout the exercise.