5 Reasons To Love Burpees

5 Reasons To Love Burpees

October 23, 2015 | Photo credits: Madbarz

Growth happens outside of your comfort zone.

And burpees are the exact opposite of comfort. That's why so many people hate them.

1. Burpees hit different muscle groups at once

Arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs – all in one exercise. The burpee is made of movements that can increase strength, agility and balance at the same time. Perfect for creating a full body routine.

Also, if you're looking for a functional movement, you found it. Many sport specific trainings incorporate burpees to get the benefits of this rapid and challenging exercise.

2. Burpees are amazing fat burners

Your metabolism and heart rate increase rapidly, by constantly moving up and down. Such high intensity move can burn up to 50% more calories than moderate exercising. Research compares the effect of 30 seconds of fast burpees to a 30 second all-out sprint!

You can easily add intensity to any routine by including burpees. That way, the after burn effect lasts longer. If you're a beginner, start with 30 - 50 burpees per workout, and see how it burns!


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3. Burpees develop endurance

With burpees you improve your muscular endurance, while the fast flow of movements pushes your cardiorespiratory limits at the same time.

At first you might be gasping for air. But soon enough burpees will help you climb stairs, catch buses etc.

4. Burpees build character

"When you decide not to avoid that set of burpees, the fight through frustration and repetition helps you become a tougher athlete.

They are the perfect analogy for life – you get knocked down by a challenge and you find a way to get back up and continue moving forward.“ – says coach Bryce Smith[1]. And he's totally right about that.

5. Burpees test your level of fitness

Burpees have been invented as a military fitness test exercise in the 1930's. Today the exact exercise changed a little bit, but it is still often used to get feedback on the general level of fitness.

Try this - pick any burpee challenge you like such as:

  • do as many burpees as you can in 2 minutes
  • track the time you need to complete 100 burpees.

And use it to track your progress in all of the levels mentioned above. Your Madbarz App can save all the statistics you need.