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01/03/2023-Move of the Day: The Burpee

Burpees are a full-body exercise that can help improve strength, endurance, and overall fitness. They are a high-intensity exercise that involve multiple muscle groups and can be modified to suit different fitness levels. In this article, we will explore the benefits of performing burpees, how to perform a burpee correctly, and a sample workout incorporating the burpee.

First, let’s consider the benefits of performing burpees. Burpees are a compound exercise, which means they involve multiple joints and muscle groups. This makes them a highly efficient exercise that can help improve overall strength and fitness.

In particular, burpees target the muscles of the core, including the abs, obliques, and lower back. Strong core muscles are important for maintaining good posture, supporting the spine, and preventing injuries. Burpees can also help strengthen the muscles of the shoulders, arms, and legs, improving overall upper and lower body strength.

In addition to improving strength, burpees are also a cardio-based exercise that can help improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Burpees involve constant movement and changes in body position, which can increase the heart rate and help improve cardiovascular endurance.

Now, let’s discuss how to perform a burpee correctly.

To begin, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands at your sides.

Next, bend your knees and lower your body into a squat position. Place your hands on the ground in front of you, and jump your feet back into a plank position.

Once you are in a plank position, perform a push-up by lowering your body towards the ground, keeping your core tight and your elbows close to your sides.

After completing the push-up, jump your feet back up towards your hands, and stand up, reaching your arms overhead.

That’s one burpee! To continue the exercise, repeat the sequence, starting with a squat position and working your way through the other steps.

It’s important to maintain good form as you perform burpees. Keep your core tight and your body in a straight line as you move through the different positions. Avoid letting your hips sink or lift too high, as this can strain your lower back and cause injuries.

Below is a more detailed video showing the burpee. This has been a video I have gone to in the past because I'm a science guy and can really appreciate the visual perspective they offer on this move.

Sample workout incorporating burpees:

  1. Warm up: Start with a 5–10 minute warm-up to get your heart rate up and prepare your muscles for the workout. This might involve jogging, jumping jacks, or other dynamic stretches.

  2. Burpee circuit: Perform 3–4 rounds of the following circuit, resting for 30–60 seconds between rounds:

  • 10 burpees

  • 20 jumping jacks

  • 15 squats

3. Cooldown!!!!!: Finish your workout with a 5–10 minute cool-down to gradually lower your heart rate and stretch your muscles. This might involve static stretches, such as lunges or hamstring stretches.

It’s important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your burpee workouts as you become more comfortable and confident with the exercise. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider or fitness professional before starting any new exercise program.

In conclusion, burpees are a full-body exercise that can help improve strength, endurance, and overall fitness. They are a high-intensity, cardio-based exercise that targets the muscles of the core, shoulders, arms, and legs.

By following proper form and gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts, you can effectively incorporate burpees into your fitness routine and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.

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