Fitness buffs have their list of exercises they depend on. Lifts that create muscle mass and definition. These include the bench press, squats, and deadlift. On their own, these few lifts can actually get you into really great shape, as long as they’re paired with a proper diet and sound sleeping schedule. But often times, they’re not enough. Auxiliary lifts and exercises are needed to truly get a well-rounded, full-body workout. There are tons of them out there, but one exercise that is often overlooked is one that you probably haven’t done since high school football practice: the burpee.
If you’re memory’s a little rusty, burpees are a sort of melding of three different exercises into one. You start off on the ground, move to the push-up position, then to your feet, and finish off with a jump in the air. It’s a push-up, up-down, and jump all rolled into one.
Those are your burpee basics. And though we’ve all likely done a burpee at some point in our lives, it’s one of those exercises you forget about. But it shouldn’t so quickly be cast aside as an afterthought — burpees are actually one of the most versatile exercises you can do. They provide numerous benefits, and if you’re looking for something that can add an extra dimension or degree of difficulty to your regimen, they may be perfect.
First things first, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing burpees correctly. There are several resources and video tutorials out there that can help you, so make use of them. But once you have it down, see when and where you can squeeze a few rounds of burpees into your workout. They may provide the additional kick you’ve needed. And if you’re still not convinced, here are five benefits burpees provide to help sway your mind.