“WHY are burpees so TOUGH?” asks my client.
“They have magical qualities” I reply.
And so goes our conversation in yesterday’s training session …
Burpees are one of those exercises you love to hate. They are mysteriously tough – all the reasons why can’t be totally explained – but also are SO awesome for working every muscle in your body, and getting an amazing conditioning workout in a super short amount of time. ALL in a very small space, and with no added equipment.
One big thing is though, you might not do enough of them (if any) because you might think you’re not “athletic” enough.
My friend, Shawna K put together a video for you describing how burpees can be used by anyone, including YOU, to up their fitness game and shatter any weight loss or fitness goal.
In the video below, she goes through some nice burpee progressions that I know will help you – check it out:
You can always modify a burpee at first (or when you get tired) with a full body extension or a burpee walk out.
Of course there are ways to intensify the already challenging burpee too – and Shawna’s got tons of ways to do just that with these NEW 21 Burpee Challenge Workouts you can do anywhere.
Here’s a sample workout for you to try. Do 30 seconds of work with a 5 to 10 second rest in between each exercise. Do this entire set 3 to 5 times:
- frogger burpee
- prisoner reverse lunge
- inchworm push up
- double jump burpee
- plank with alternate leg lift
Feel free to take a 30 second break in between sets if necessary, maintaining great form for each exercise is your number one priority.
Challenge Burpee is full of the ‘tried and true’ burpees in combination with body weight exercises and simple DB exercises to blast fat and get you fit in record time.
Okay, that’s it for today. Thanks, train hard, and talk soon –
Forest Vance, MS, RKC