My new mission is to make burpees my bitch.
I mentioned on Twitter and Facebook recently that I’ve started doing burpees. I did a crossfit style workout with burpees and squats and situps and this morning I incorporated burpees into my regular workout. While I’ve started doing burpees, I’m not very good at them. My form isn’t great and they tire me out pretty quickly. There is a ton of room for improvement with burpees, which is why I have a new goal to master them.
In case you don’t know what a burpee is, here is the definition of the steps involved:
How To Do A Burpee
- Begin in a standing position.
- Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground.
- Kick your feet back while lowering yourself with a pushup.
- Return your feet to the squat position while straightening your arms.
- Leap up as high as possible from the squat position with your arms overhead (you may clap your hands above your head at the peak of your jump)
I’ve seen from various sources that a “basic” (or beginner?) burpee is when you kick back and then immediately return your feet without a pushup and then the “advanced” (or standard?) burpee involves the pushup.
I can’t do that many full body pushups so I’ve been doing it with half pushups after a couple real ones. Ha.
How To Do A Burpee Video
Just because I’m a huge BodyRock TV workout fan (check out their beginner workout) I chose a burpee video from Zuzana to show you how to do a burpee.
There are a ton of other videos online and much better instructional videos that can give you tips on how to complete the exercise. Search for burpee on YouTube and you will be in burpee video heaven!
My Burpee Goal
So far I’ve been doing 30 in a workout in 3 rounds of 10. By the time I get to the 10th on the last round I’m not doing so hot, if you know what I mean.
I’ve decided to give myself a goal to work towards regarding burpees to motivate myself to keep doing them. I’d probably do them anyway because I think they are sort of fun, but my new goal is to work up to doing 100 burpees.
My goal isn’t necessarily to do them all at once. Just 100 in a day. Broken up into sets or even throughout the day is fine. I figure that’s a good goal since I can do about 5 with good form pushup and 30 with a lazy “pushup” of sorts. It’s another thing to work towards.
It’s funny, but a few years ago I would have hated doing even a single burpee. It involves squats and pushups two things I used to hate but now really appreciate. Funny how things change and the journey continues.
Do you use burpees in your workout plan? Love burpees? Hate them?