Fitness Tip of the Day: Build Strength with Burpees
Burpees are one of those exercises that we all love to hate; and for good reason, considering how taxing and difficult they are!
A burpee is basically performed by starting in the standing position, dropping to a frog/squat position, kicking booth feet out behind you simultaneously so that you land in push-up position, performing a push-up, returning the to the frog/squat position and finally popping up into the standing position (which can involve a jump as well).
What makes the burpee (sometimes called a squat thrust) great is that it really is a full body exercise that is meant to be performed at a high-intensity, therefore keeping your heart rate elevated as well. From working the legs by squatting down and jumping up and working the upper body with push-ups and continually picking yourself up off the floor, the burpee does it all. Implement a few sets into your next workout for full body burn!
Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.