Alternate Leg Squat Thrusts
The alternate leg squat thrusts, often called mountain climbers, is a great exercise to work both your heart and lungs and also hip flexor muscles - those used to bring your hip upwards.
Place your hands flat on the floor, with fingers facing forwards directly under your shoulder joint.
Keeping on your toes during the exercise, take one leg from the rear, up towards the chest in a smooth motion. You will find that this exercise will also work your shoulder muscles. You can reduce the workload on your shoulders by resting your hands on a raised secure platform, such as a step box.
Once the foot of this leg reaches the ground, the other leg should then start to come up towards the chest, and at the same time the leading leg should go back to the starting position.
Depending upon your fitness level will determine how far your movements should be. Small for beginners, larger for those that are fitter, remembering not to over stretch.
Stretch and Warm Up before you commence any exercise and aim to finish with some good stretching to let your body and mind recover.
Look in the Circuit Exercises area for some great ways for you to design your own circuit routine at home.
Remember to record how many repetitions and sets you can perform, so that you will so how your getting fitter and stronger in all areas. Download your free PDF Record Sheet
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