Five Reasons Why Burpees Should Be Your Favorite Exercise


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.
Lots, and lots, of burpees.

But burpees aren’t just beneficial just for hardcore athletes … they are great for everyone.

Not only will burpees turn you into an athlete, but they’ll also help you scorch fat, turbo charge your metabolism, and get you conditioned like no other exercise can do. Burpees are an awesome, calorie-torching, strength-building, full-body exercise.

Here are five reasons why burpees are so great; and why they should be your new favorite exercise:

1. They burn mega calories
Burpees make your body a fat-burning machine. They are intense full-body exercises and burn loads of calories. Research shows that high-intensity exercises like burpees burn up to 50% more fat than moderate exercising. 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.
2. They make you stronger
The burpee is a full-body strength training exercise and the ultimate example of functional fitness.

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.

3. They’re great for conditioning
Burpees are 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.

4. They’re portable and require no equipment
The best thing about burpees? They require absolutely no equipment.

That’s right. Zip. Zero. Zilch. You can do burpees in your house, in a nearby park, even in your hotel room.

5. 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.

As I already mentioned, adding burpees to your workout routine will bring you tons of benefits and whip you into shape quicker than you ever thought possible.

However, if you do have equipment available, there are tons of burpee variations you can do to mix things up. Here are a few:

  • Burpee pull-ups. Do a burpee in front of a pull-up bar, then do a (jumping) pull-up.
  • Burpee knee ups. Do a burpee in front of your dip station or a set of chairs, then do a knee-up.
  • Burpee box jumps. Do a burpee in front of a box or a high surface you can jump on, then do a box jump.

Be creative and come up with your own!

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