Hey there, it’s time for a new Home Exercise of the Week. This week I have an upper body and core exercise to show you called the Equalizer Bar Pushup Mountain Climber Twist.
This is a great exercise to work your chest, shoulders, triceps, upper and lower abdominals, and obliques. I’m using an Equalizer Bar for this video demonstration but if you don’t have one, you can also do this exercise without it or use a step or bench to elevate your upper body. The elevation of the upper body gives your knee a little more clearance to raise up and twist and the Equalizer Bar allows you to go a little deeper in the pushup.
Let’s take a look at the key performance points of the Equalizer Bar Pushup Mountain Climber Twist.
- place the Equalizer Bar on it’s side on the floor
- place your hands on the bar at the highest elevation and get in to a full plank position
- keep your hands in line with your chest and keep your abs tight
- lower your body until you feel a deep stretch in your chest while keeping your elbows flared out at about a 45 degree angle
- push back up until your arms are almost straight but don’t lock them out at the top
- from this top position, drive your right knee forward and then twist it underneath you towards your left side
- return to the middle and then bring your right foot back to the starting position
- perform another pushup and then drive your left knee forward and twist it underneath you towards your right side
- return to the middle and bring your left foot back to the starting position
- repeat the movements for your desired amount of reps or time
So there you have the Equalizer Bar Pushup Mountain Climber Twist. Multi-joint movements are always great for building overall strength, conditioning, and for calorie burning so try adding this exercise to your upper body or full body routine. If you have trouble doing a full pushup, you can also do a modified pushup from your knees and then just raise your body up on your toes to perform the mountain climber twist.
Let me know how you do with this one in the comments below or if you have any questions.
See you next week with another new exercise!