Please enjoy this re-post from last year!
Results from our very scientific and non-biased poll confirm that Burpees are the least favorite activity among boot campers.
The Burpee is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust made from and ending in a standing position”. According to the highly-regarded and reputable Wikipedia, the Burpee originated “in the 1930s for American psychologist Royal H. Burpee, who developed the Burpee test. Consisting of a series of the exercises performed in rapid succession, the test was meant to measure agility and coordination. It is not clear whether the exercise itself was invented by Burpee, or if his test merely popularized it.”
I have compiled an official list of various Burpee forms:
- The Pain-Free Burpee – if the “burper” (athlete performing the burpee) develops knee or back related pain while performing the burpee, the burper can do the same number of frog jumps and push-ups.
- The Facilitated Burpee – the burper does not perform a push-up at the bottom of the burpee.
- Double Burpee – Instead of the burper doing one pushup, they do two in a row to cancel the drive from landing after the jump. This also makes the next jump harder.
- The Sully Burpee (aka the one-armed Burpee) – the burper performs the entire exercise using only one arm.
- The Mary Ellen and Daniel “Circus” Burpee – during the act of the kicking his/her feet back, prior to the push-up, the burper kicks their feet up as high as possible (one at a time). This is a very fluid motion and should only be performed by talented and experienced burpers.
Do you have any new Burpees ideas? Get your Burpee form added to the official list by clicking the “Comments” link above this post!