Say hello to that dreaded word… Burpees.
Whenever I’m in a gym class or with a PT and get told to drop and do burpees, my legs start to feel weak, my heart pounds and my mouth goes dry, but I still manage to find it in me to burst them out. Kayla Itsines swears by them in her BBG (Bikini Body Guide) and so many Personal Trainers use them in their routines and programmes to get you fighting fit and increase your stamina. Burpees work the entire body from head to toe, and doing them in quick succession and high intensity will torch those calories and keep your body burning fat all day long.
I love to hate burpees, and I’m pretty sure everyone who loves the gym does too (unless you’re crazy) but the great thing about them is that you can do them anywhere. Whether you just want to do a quick few exercises in front of the TV, fancy taking your workout outside in the garden or to the local park, or workout at the gym, the burpee will go everywhere with you.
Making my burpees more difficult and challenging is something I love to do; I incorporate a push up into the floor part of the burpee, or add in a box jump when I jump up. You can also add to the box jump by squatting when you get to the top, or just combine all three together to make for one hardcore burpee. Whatever you do with them, you know that they’ll get you that little bit further towards your goal, and one step forward on your fitness journey.
If you’re a little unsure on how to perfect a burpee, I’ve found a great video on how to do them, and the parts of your body that get worked: watch here. You can simplify it by removing the push up to start with!
Believe in the burpee! Now drop and do 10.