Training17th May 2018
Squat, thrust, hop: What are the benefits of burpees?
There’s a reason soldiers and athletes use burpees to train. Developed in the 1930s, the purpose of Mr. Burpee’s (that truly was his name) squat-thrusting super-move was as a fitness test for his doctoral physiology thesis. It was later used by the military to quickly assess agility, strength and coordination. If you could do 41 burpees in a minute, you were in. Those coming in at 27 per minute, however, indicated a poor fitness level.It’s crucial that you do this exercise with proper form. The basic burpee starts off in a squat position, hands on the ground. You then kick your feet back, bringing your body into a plank position while keeping your arms extended. Next, jump your feet back to the squat position and jump up from that squat position. Once you’ve mastered it you can get creative - add dumbbells or kettlebells or throw in a Swiss ball for instability. Skater burpees, crawling burpees, rotating mountain climber burpees… the variations are endless and are a great way to sprinkle some extra benefits into your routine.Anyone who has performed a series of burpees will know fatigue sets in extremely quickly, especially if you incorporate other movements such as push-ups into the moves. It’s for this reason that they’re also dreaded so much - but there are many reasons to do burpees. They’re the go-to move for anyone serious about getting into shape and here are just a few reasons why:Four benefits of burpees
- Burpees boost full-body strength
- Burpees stoke your metabolism
- They can be done anywhere
- Burpees increase endurance