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How Many Calories Do You Burn Doing Mountain Climbers?

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How Many Calories Do You Burn Doing Mountain Climbers?
A high-intensity workout including mountain climbers leaves you beat. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

After you've pushed through a set or two of mountain climbers, you're sure you've burned off all your breakfast calories -- and maybe some from lunch, too. This intense exercise, in which you get into the top of a pushup and quickly alternate stepping your feet to your hands, does burn loads of calories. But sustaining mountain climbers for more than just a minute or two is incredibly challenging. Combine mountain climbers with other calisthenics, such as jumping jacks, body-weight lunges and burpees, to burn around 300 calories in 30 minutes.

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A smaller person burns fewer calories doing mountain climbers than a larger person. If you do a 60-second set of the climbers, expect to burn about 8 calories if you weigh 125 pounds, 10 calories if you weigh 155 pounds and 12 calories if you weigh 185 pounds.

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