A to Z: V-ups, vertical mountain climbers, and vertical swing

(An A to Z Challenge entry)


The letter “V” brings three very lucky exercises: V-ups, vertical mountain climbers, and vertical swing. Today was not a very good day, so while it would be great to get these exercises in, you will have to suffice with my overviews instead.


Crank Health & Fitness has v-ups listed for their “V” exercise, but to be honest, I did not find their tutorial very helpful, so I went looking to the world wide web, or YouTube , to help me find better directions. But just in case, I will provide both to you here:

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Okay so watching the video, version, I am nearly certain I wouldn’t be able to do these. I am glad she provides a modification, but even that looks rather difficult — but she does warn you that it is a hard exercise. But definitely one to do to work on that core!

Vertical mountain climbers

Now returning back to my ol’ trusty bodybuilding.com, I found vertical mountain climbers. When I first read the name, I was like “ooooh no, I HATE mountain climbers” (hence me purposely avoiding them in “M”. But I must say, these don’t look as bad. A big issue I have with normal mountain climbers is the hunched over position — can be hard on your back and knees if not in the greatest shape like me. But these ones are more like an exaggerated run. I will be curious to give these a try.

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Vertical swing

Vertical swing was the final exercise I found — and the one I was/am most excited to try out. These look kind of fun and a much different use of the dumbbell than other exercises I have reviewed — but I can see where these could be dangerous. I anticipate your grip slipping and a flying dumbbell or even as simple as not focusing on your posture and pulling a muscle. They also look like they will require a decent amount of room. So just as I will be doing — please venture the vertical swing at your own risk.

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Final Verdict

I am willing to give each of these “V” exercises a try, even though they look either very difficult or dangerous!

Health point challenge: Nooooope.

Have you ever done v-ups? If so, are they as hard as they look? How about the vertical swing? Is it as dangerous as it possibly looks?

Posted in A to Z Challenge, Fitness, Goals, Health

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