Want to gain strength for those long climbs? This week Michael Garrison shows us the mountain climber. The mountain climber is designed to help you gain hip strength and mobility. Another benefit to this exercise is all you need is about 6 feet of space and your good to go!
Aloha. Dr. Michael Garrison here with UltraRunning Magazine and Hawaii Running Lab, always trying to add more tools to that UltraRunning toolbox of yours. This week, we’re going to work on an exercise called mountain climbers. Will be great for building your hip flexor strength, in addition to increasing your hip mobility, which is something that most ultraunners desperately need.
What we’re going do is, we’re going to come up into this position here, just a nice pike, and then we’re going to drive one knee forward trying to bring the foot closer to the hand, just right there, and alternate. With your eyes, if you want to try to look about three feet in front of you, that’d be perfect. This is just what that’s gonna look like. It’s gonna help build that hip strength up for ya, and hopefully you’re passing all your buddies on your local climb.
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