The head of training at my gym calls the burpee the “perfect exercise.” A burpee is the everything-old-is-new-again name for a squat thrust (remember those from gym class?) with an added jump at the end.
Why Middlesexy Loves The Burpee: It makes you strong, builds endurance AND it burns calories. Plus, it requires no equipment and you can do it almost anywhere.
Here’s how it works:
From a standing position, squat down and put your hands flat on the floor in front of you, with about the same amount of spacing you’d use to do a push-up. Then kick back both feet at the same time. You should finish this movement in a “plank” position, or with your body resting on your hands and toes, suspended above the ground, in a straight line from head to feet.
Next, work quickly to bring both feet back to a squat. As soon as you get there, jump up to straighten your legs and reach your hands toward the sky, getting your feet to leave the floor if you can. Land softly and repeat.
Burpees can really help build your muscles and balance. If this is a new exercise for you, start small, with one or two repetitions once or twice a day. Then gradually build up, and see if you can do a full minute of Burpees.
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