Yeah, I know what you are thinking: "The title of this article has to be a joke or something." Well, it's not. I seriously taught myself to love burpees. But, first, the common question that I always get asked: "What is a burpee?"
The Burpee is a 4-step full body exercise that combines strenghth (bodyweight) and aerobics exercise; a favorite among CrossFitters. It was named after an American physiologist, Royal H. Burpee, who developed the Burpee Test in 1940. He formed this exercise as a quick & simple way to assess the fitness level of an individual. The part that gets me every time is the word "simple." Hilarious!
The move eventually became a regular part of the United States Armed Forces training routines to assess the fitness levels of recruits when the US entered WWII to measure agility, coordination, and strength. Pretty cool, huh? Here are three ways that I learned to love burpees: 1) Just do it... correctly. Shut up. Stop whining and do the damn thing. You know it is good for you so just do it!
There are many variances, so do not get confused, but this is the basic simple version:
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- Begin in a standing position. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Now, lower your body into a squatting position, placing your hands on the floor in front of you.
- Kick your feet back so that you are in push-up position. Keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body.
- Lower your chest to do a push-up. Bring your chest back up.
- Kick your feet back to their original position. Stand up, and then jump into the air while clapping your arms overhead.
- Repeat. Do 15 reps to complete one set. If you are a beginner or are out of shape, start off with 5 burpees in a row.