Mountain Climber Push Up. How-to, proper form and tips

Mountain Climber Push Up icon

The exercise is a mix of the Push Up with the Mountain Climber. It brings a strong dynamic to the regular push up and forces abs and obliques, also pushing the cardio.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Set in a plank position, arms straight and body and legs following a straight line.
  2. Bend your arms lowering chest close to the floor, as in a regular push up.
  3. Extend the arms again and, while extending, bend one knee bringing it close to chest.
  4. Once with the arms extended, start the movement donward extending the leg again.
  5. Logic is simple: When down, both feet are in the ground. When up, one foot is in the ground, the other knee close to the chest.

Hints & tips:

  • Keep your core in a straight line while doing the exercise.
  • Keep the chin down, don't look forward.
  • Avoid bouncing the hips, keep them stable.


  • Arms and core are worked, with a cardio bonus.
  • The move adds a stronnh dynamic engaging core while chest and arms are worked.

Counting & gamification:

  • Counts repetisiona in a row.
  • Set a goal for a session, week or month.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Muscles: Core & Upper body

Primary muscles: Shoulder, Triceps, Chest, Obliques

Secondary muscles: Abs, Lowerback

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • Mountain Climber Push Up
  • Mountain Climber Press Up

Mountain Climber Variations

Muscle: Core and Upper body

Collection: Push Up Variations

Category: Bodyweight