A Burpee is not just a creative way of describing a frantic and explosive release of gas from some unhappy abdominal chamber; rather, it is almost any and every trainer’s favorite exercise. Most trainers ask their clients for a burpee or two expecting only to receive evil glares and turned up lips. But the reason trainers ask for Burpees is not simply to enact torture! FOR THE LOVE OF BURPEES, trainers ask for Burpees because they know you want RESULTS. Your personal trainer knows you only keep coming back if you get the results you want in your body and your overall fitness. And let’s be clear…Burpees get results.

For a proper Burpee, you go into a nice low squat position (legs), pop the legs out into high plank position (chest, shoulders, core), drive those feet back in replacing the hands with the feet (core, lower abdominals) and explode back up with a squat jump (legs, butt). Undoubtedly, and most wonderfully, the Burpee is a complex movement requiring each and every muscle in your body to join the party.

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The Burpee is such a great exercise because no fancy equipment is needed. Your body is the only tool necessary. It can be done anywhere and everywhere. A Burpee can be modified in countless ways to increase the intensity, or even lessen the intensity while still providing a full body workout. If you love using other tools, utilize a bench to place your hands on and step out instead of jumps. Even leveraging toys ensures not a single major muscle group gets left out of the life changing sculpturing project.
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A Burpee can also be modified to the most elite athlete. Try releasing your hands from the ground while your chest touchesthe floor, and then explode into a tuck jump for an extreme plyometric move. There are more variations of Burpees than flavors of ice cream. Add weights to a super Burpee for muscle sculpting perfection. Your imagination is your only limitation.

If the word “Burpee” itself evokes feelings of discomfort or soreness and leaves a horrible taste in your mouth, then just rename it! Let’s call it a heart rate-raising, leg muscle-building, core-engaging, shoulder/chest-enhancing, booty-defining- life skill. If results are what you want; THEN FOR THE LOVE OF BURPESS… BEG for more Burpees.

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Meet me out at the track for a 400 meter broad jump Burpee partner trip around the turf. We will become fast friends and your butt will become the firmly lifted perfect half melon you have always wanted. Burpee promise.

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Article by Tana Cordy: Camp Gladiator Personal Trainer