What do extreme athletes, elite military forces, and football teams have in common?
They all embrace burpees and regularly include them in their workout routines.
But they aren’t just beneficial for hardcore athletes or certified badasses, they’re for everyone!
Because not only will they turn you into an athlete, they’ll also help you scorch fat, rev up your metabolism and get you conditioned like no other exercise can do.
And now, here are five reasons why burpees are awesome and why they should be your new favorite exercise:
- They burn calories
Burpees make your body a fat burning machine.
That’s because since burpees are an intense fully body exercise, they burn a ton of calories. Plus, research shows that high intensity exercises like burpees burn up to 50% more fat than moderate exercising.
And better yet, they speed up your metabolism throughout the day—meaning you’ll burn more calories all day long, even after your burpee hell is over.
So if you want to lose weight, ditch the recumbent bike and elliptical machine—and do some burpees instead.
- They make you stronger
The burpee is a full body strength training exercise.
With every rep, you’ll work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs. After a few sets of burpees, your legs should feel a little bit like lead.
- They’re great for conditioning
Why do you think burpees are embraced in the hardest of workouts (like CrossFit)?
Because they’re great for developing conditioning and endurance! And they get your heart rate up—fast.
Burpees are a great way to get in shape quickly, whether your goal is to learn a new sport, train for a triathlon, hike a big mountain, or, just to look good.
- They’re portable and require no equipment
What is the best thing about burpees? They require absolutely no equipment.
That’s right. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
You can do them in your house, in a nearby park or on the beach.
- You can add them to almost any workout
Unlike running, which is a slow, monotonous form of exercising (unless you’re sprinting), burpees are fast paced, dynamic, and never boring.
Like I already mentioned, adding them to your workout routine will bring you tons of benefits and whip you into shape quicker than you ever thought possible.
Go-on give burpees a try!
Some people look at this as an impossible workout—but it’s all about pacing yourself, and most of all, believing in yourself.
Now just replace the vertical jump with a broad-jump and go for it!