CrossFit Friday: “Burpee”

Burpee-with-Carl-Paoli-at-Invictus-Athletes-CampIf you’ve been in any fitness environment you’ll know all about the dreaded burpee. It’s the movement that seems very tame until you’re on number 30 and the little half a foot jump seems like you’re scaling Mount Everest.

The burpee concept is pretty basic but is full of complex movements. You drop down into a high squat position, place your hands on the ground, then throw your legs back so you’re in a push-position whilst at the same time lowering yourself so you’re flat on the floor, pushing yourself up whilst bringing your legs underneath you again and then jumping up so that you are upright and your feet leave the ground. That’s one rep.

It really is a good all-round movement though and when it’s a high-rep burpee work out not only do your muscles get fatigued but your cardiovascular system also gets a beating. So next time, even though we all hate burpees, just now they’re doing something to your body that will only benefit you in the long run.

Bonus: Check out this video to get some techniques to improve and make your burpee as efficient as possible.

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