Just hearing the word burpee might send shivers down your spine but the truth is they are one of the best exercises you can do. They may feel hard at the time, but the benefits of doing burpees are substantial. They’re one of the most efficient, functional exercises you can do.
First you’ll want to make sure you’re doing a perfect burpee so you get all the benefits. If you’re new to burpees, click here to watch how to do the perfect burpee.
Here are five benefits of adding burpees to your workout routine:
BURN TONS OF CALORIES
Since burpees are an intense full body exercise, they burn a ton of calories. They even speed up your metabolism throughout the day—meaning that you’ll burn more calories all day long, even after your burpees are over.
NO EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Burpees require absolutely no equipment. Which means that you can do them anywhere! Whether you’re at the gym, in your living room, in a hotel room or outside you can drop down and do a burpee nearly anywhere.
ADD THEM TO ANY WORKOUT
Adding burpees to your workout routine will keep your heart rate up between sets or will supercharge your cardio.
The burpee is a full body strength training exercise! With every rep, you’ll work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs.
GREAT FOR CONDITIONING
Burpees are great for developing conditioning and endurance! And they get your heart rate up—fast. If you’re trying to get in shape quickly you’ll want to start adding them to your workouts ASAP.
Helpful Burpee Tips
1. Breathe. Try to get into a breathing rhythm and keep it as steady as possible.
2. Pace, Don’t Rest. Make sure to pick a pace that you can maintain for the number of reps you have to do.
3. Get Into Robot Mode. Instead of thinking of how many burpees you have to do go into robot mode and focus on one movement at a time.
4. Don’t Arch Your Back. Be sure to achieve full range of motion with every rep without arching your back.