The burpee test was invented by US physiologist Royal H. Burpee, who received a Ph.D. in applied physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1940 and established the “burpee” exercise as part of his Ph.D. thesis as a fast and easy way to evaluate fitness in the 1930s.
When the United States Armed Services adopted it to measure the fitness level of recruits before entering World War II, the exercise became well-known. The exam, which consisted of a series of exercises performed in rapid succession, was designed to provide rapid agility, coordination, and power assessment.
Standing on one knee, the athlete bends at the waist and places his hands on the deck, aligning them with his shoulders. Return to plank posture by jumping back with the standing leg. Jump forward with the extended leg and do a one-leg jump. There are many variations to the burpee now, and you get to pick and choose which one works for you.
Here are five reasons why burpees are fantastic—and why you should make them your new favorite exercise:
1. THEY BURN AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF CALORIES
Burpees transform the whole body into a fat-burning furnace.
Burpees consume a lot of calories because they are a high-intensity, full-body workout. Studies show that high-intensity workouts, such as burpees burn up to 50% more fat than moderate exercise.
Better still, they increase your metabolic rate during the day, allowing you to burn more calories even after your burpee torture is over.
So, instead of using a recumbent bike or an elliptical machine to lose weight, try doing some burpees.
2. THEY IMPROVE YOUR STRENGTH.
The burpee is the perfect example of functional fitness since it is a full-body strength training exercise.
Arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs will all be worked out with each rep. Your legs should feel a little tired after a few sets of burpees.
3. THEY ARE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE IN CONDITIONING THE MIND
Why do you think burpees are so common in the most challenging workouts (such as CrossFit)? It is because of the resilience you build up as you do the burpees. They even raise the heart rate quickly.
Burpees are an excellent way to quickly get in shape, whether your aim is to learn a new sport, prepare for a triathlon, climb a large mountain, or look nice.
4. NO ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED.
What’s the best part about burpees? They may not necessitate the use of any special equipment. Yes, that is right. Zip, nada.
Burpees can be performed anywhere, including your home, a nearby park, and even your hotel room.
5. THEY CAN BE USED IN JUST ABOUT EVERY EXERCISE.
Running, which can be a slow-paced and monotonous type of exercise (unless you’re sprinting), is unlike burpees which are fast, dynamic, and never dull.
Incorporating burpees into your workout routine will provide you with a slew of benefits and will help you get in shape faster than you ever imagined.
If you have the equipment, there are many burpee combinations you can try to keep things interesting.