Monday, March 19, 2012

Exercise of the day - Burpee

Oh no. Not the burpee!

I LOVE burpees. Yes, they are tough as hell. Yes, they make you huff and puff and sweat and swear. But they are SO GOOD for you. The burpee is a full body exercise that will require strength, endurance and agility. It also works your cardio!

To do a burpee:

1-Begin in a standing position.
2-Drop down, bending your legs in a squat position, positioning your hands on the ground.
3-Quickly extend your feet back and assume the plank position.
4-Quickly return to the squat position with hands on the ground.
5-Jump back up into an upright position.

Wikipedia, of all places, offer many variations on the burpee, the most common being the push up burpee, where you do a push up while in the plank position.

The following video shows how to do a push up burpee, and a few other variations. Take out the push up part of it, and it shows you how to do a regular burpee. Do them fast, do them slow, do them often!

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