Rather than spending money on personal trainers and gym memberships, try out burpees for giving the body an entire workout. A great cardiovascular and strengthening exercise, burpees are found in almost every workout routine you can think of, including military training. Although if you are a beginner, how easy are burpees, and how can this help to strengthen all the muscles in your body?
What are burpees?
Burpees are made up of one singular motion comprising of many different movements which require you to stand, bend, plank and jump. They are great for a full body workout because they really target all parts of the body. Rather than doing sit ups or jumping rope, burpees combine all of these motions into one. Although they can be difficult to master at first, the positive is that they can be done almost anywhere you can think of, and at your own pace.
Burpees offer a full body workout if you get the technique right from the start. Try practising each individual position if you are just starting out, since this should help to get the most out of the exercise. Start from the standing position, drop down and squat with your hands firmly on the floor, extend your feet back resting on your toes in a push-up, come back into the squat, and finally stand upright again. Working on this motion slowly will help you to become a professional in no time.
Depending on your fitness level, start off with 5-10 burpees and work at your own pace. You might feel comfortable to move faster after multiple sessions, and at that point can increase the amount of burpees per workout. A set of 20 burpees helps to burn fat, and builds muscle in a number of problem areas including arms, thighs, and abs amongst others. The best part about burpees is you will quickly notice if the technique is working since you will feel a burn running throughout your body.
Many people seem to have a love/hate relationship with burpees, since they are physically exerting but can help to achieve instant results. Have you tried incorporating burpees into your workout?
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By Felicia Sapountzis