Fitness Tip of the Day: Build Strength with Burpees

Add burpees to your workout routine to increase both cardio fitness and muscular strength

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).

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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.

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