What are Burpees?

Burpees are the ultimate exercise, a dynamic movement combining both strength and cardio by engaging most major muscle groups of the body in rapid succession. They involve squats, push-ups and jumps, and you should expect your heart rate to elevate significantly while performing them.

How do you do Burpees?

  • Step 1

    Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands at your sides.

  • Step 2

    Bend your knees and reach your palms to the floor in front of you.

  • Step 3

    Jump down into plank position on all fours, then lower your body down to a push-up position.

  • Step 4

    Complete the push-up, returning your body to plank position.

  • Step 5

    Jump your feet them forward, going back to the squatting position from earlier in the movement.

  • Step 6

    Press up and jump, raising your arms above your head. Land softly and repeat the exercise.

How do you modify Burpees?

  • Burpees for Beginners

What are the benefits of Burpees?

  • Full-body Strength

  • Arm Strength

  • Cardio

Expert opinion

The burpee is one of my favorite exercises because it forces almost every major joint in the body to fire in one exercise.

It taxes the body both aerobically and anaerobically. It’s the exercise people love to hate, as adding it to any combination of exercises makes your training session that much more daunting. If you can master your breathing when doing burpees, you can learn to love them.

David Mangia,Elevate Internal Fitness in Washington, D.C.

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