The Best Exercises That Start with M & How to Do Them

Leading an active lifestyle is one of the best things that you can do for your body since it offers a lot of benefits. Being physically active not only helps you manage your weight but also strengthens your muscles and improves your ability to do everyday activities that require physical strength. However, gaining the motivation to train is the most difficult part. Sometimes, you just don’t feel like getting up in the morning and performing your training routine and that used to happen to me all the time. If that ever happens, one of the best ways that kept me motivated is by spicing up my workout using some sort of creative method. One common method that a lot of people use is performing a series of exercises that all start with the same letter. With that being said, what are the best exercises that start with M?

Here is a list of the best exercises that start with the letter M:

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Military Press
  • March
  • Mega Jumps
exercises that start with m

In this article, we’ll talk about how you can perform these exercises, as well as their benefits.

How to Perform These Exercises That Start with M:

Although these exercises don’t follow a particular routine when it comes to targeting muscles, you can still do them as a way to break off the typical workouts that you usually perform and to have a little bit of fun. Here’s how you can perform these exercises.

Mountain Climbers

  1. Start by getting into a push-up position while keeping your arms straight (your hands should be placed below your shoulders and just outside their width)
  2. Keep your back straight until your body forms a line from your heels to your head, this is your starting position
  3. Lift your right or left foot off the ground by bringing your knees as close to your chest as possible
  4. Hold that position for 1 second, let your foot touch the ground afterward, then return it to its starting position
  5. Repeat the same process with the opposite leg
  6. Repeat and alternate until failure or until the time goal

How to do Mountain Climbers

Muscles worked:

  • Quads
  • Chest
  • Abs
  • Triceps
  • Lower back
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves

Military Press

  1. Start by grabbing a barbell and putting it in front of you
  2. Get a good grip on the barbell while it’s on the ground, your hands should be in a position that’s wider than shoulder width, your palms should face down, your knees should be slightly bent, and your feet about shoulder width
  3. Raise the barbell and put it just above your chest
  4. Exhale and lift the barbell above you in an explosive manner, it should be slightly forward too. This is your starting position
  5. Inhale while slowly lowering the barbell back to your chest
  6. Repeat until failure or until rep goal

How to do a Military Press

Muscles worked:

  • Shoulders
  • Triceps
  • Chest (slightly) 


  1. Start by standing with your feet slightly apart (your back should be straight, abs engaged, shoulders relaxed, arms at your side, and elbows bent at a 90-degree angle), this is your starting position
  2. March in place (just like walking) by lifting and alternating your knees high toward the ceiling
  3. Breathe deeply as you march in place while pumping your arms at your sides
  4. Do this until you get tired or until you reach your time goal

How to do March Steps

Muscles worked:

  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Shoulders

Mega Jumps

  1. Start by getting into a squat position like you’re just about to jump (keep your arms low at your sides since you’re gonna use them to propel yourself), this is your starting position
  2. Jump in an explosive manner
  3. During the jump, touch your knees with your hands
  4. After you land, repeat the movement instantly without resting
  5. Repeat until you get tired or until you reach your time goal

How to do Mega Jumps

Muscles worked:

  • Abs
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Shoulders


As you can see, there are several exercises to choose from that start with the letter M. If you want to change things up a little bit and have a fun unique little workout, you can always try the alphabet method where you train following a series of exercises that start with the same letter. 

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