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No Equipment Necessary: Running Plank

If you're looking for a way to burn calories while toning your upper body, core, and calves, have I got the exercise for you. This is a variation of plank that you can do anywhere, and may also be called mountain climbers.

"Back Back Back," by Ani Difranco

If you'd like more detailed instructions,


  • Begin in plank position (top of a push-up), with your shoulders over your wrists and your body in one straight line. Engage your abs to protect your lower back, and step your feet together. Spread your fingers wide to take pressure out of your wrists.
  • Bend your right knee and draw it forward as close to your chest as possible.
  • Then simultaneously and quickly step your right foot back and bend your left knee into your chest. Keep alternating so that you're essentially running in place. Move as fast as you want, making sure to keep your abs pulled in and your shoulders over your wrists.
  • Complete 30 steps (15 on each side). This counts as one set. Complete five sets, either taking a break in between by doing Child's pose, or do all five sets in a row.
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mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
They called them mountain climbers in the Navy too. Definitely NOT my favorite exercise. :P
LindsayLou LindsayLou 8 years
I've always known these as mountain climbers. Good workout!
livetolove livetolove 8 years
looooooooove these. They hurt so good
hotdog44 hotdog44 8 years
Jackie Warner does these in one of her dvds! I can definitely feel these in the calves even though I think mine are already pretty toned.
asense0fwonder asense0fwonder 8 years
i love these. my trainer calls them 'hikers'
ualili ualili 8 years
These are super hard but very effective!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
That looks tough, but awesome. Love that you used one of my favorite Ani songs as well!
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