Enter The Burpee
To be honest, I never heard of the word burpee, nor done one until I started working as a correctional officer last year. An offender who told me I should try doing them, and that they’re very challenging.
That caught my interests when he said challenging but, unfortunately, I never got around to do them until I went to the academy to receive more training for my job. When I did them at my academy during physical training. I saw that they could be challenging if you’re not in shape or continue to do them for a long period.
As I found out, four days ago performing a 100 burpee challenge. Once I got to 30 reps, I thought to myself “man this harder than I thought, I don’t want to do anymore” but thankfully my competitive spirit kicked in and of course with my girlfriend motivating too to keep going.
Selling you on why you should do burpees
When you do a burpee you start from a standing position with a narrow stance, next you squat down as far as you can go, transitioning into a push-up, then back into a squatting position back up to your feet. Now that doesn’t sound like much, but imagine doing that for 10, 20, 30 or more repetitions eventually you’re going to start breathing hard and your muscles are going to start screaming for you to stop.
While doing burpees, you’re working out a variety of muscles, making it a great ultimate body workout that will challenge you physically and mentally. That’s why so many athletes like wrestlers, MMA fighters, boxers, football and basketball players etcetera.
Burpees are free they costs nothing to do, you can do them anywhere. These just like push ups and other tons of other bodyweight exercises you have no excuse to not workout.
Mental Toughness(fighting against negative thoughts and emotions to finish something): When you have reached your lactic acid pain threshold when doing burpees (or any physical exercise) pain is triggered in the muscle(s) being used. When you feel that pain and discomfort your thought process will be affected and negative thoughts start to cloud your mind.For example: wanting to stop doing whatever your exercise you doing completely, hopelessness, changing your workout routine etcetera.
You have to fight through those negative emotions and finish however many reps you aim for. It builds mental toughness, which also transfers that mental toughness to other areas of your life. When you encounter some kind of mental stress or tough times. You know you’ll make it through from conquering past mentally tough situations you’ve been through in the past.
Being big and strong is something sought by many men in gym’s, and there’s nothing wrong with that goal in mind. Being big and strong deters people from messing with, your able to defend yourself, people respect your more etc. However, a lot of weight lifting exercises don’t build endurance and conditioning to tackle things like shoveling snow, chopping a lot of wood or trees for example. That’s where burpees come in to develop conditioning, endurance and will to help you persevere during tough challenges or tough times.
Burpees are amazing for burning calories since it’s working multiple muscles like the chest, legs, triceps, front deltoids, and core muscles. It’s basically a cardiovascular/anaerobic workout that will skyrocket your metabolism. Since it’s an intense metabolic activity, your body will take longer to go back it’s resting metabolism. Meaning your body will still be consuming calories for the rest of the day.
It’s a full bodyweight strength workout. You’re going to feel it in your legs, chest, shoulders, arm, and abs especially if you’re trying to do 50+ reps. Your legs are going to feel like weights, trust me.
The most important thing in doing burpees(if already doing it great) is just to start doing them even if you can only do 5 – 10 reps. You’ll be amazed at how effective they’re for a strength cardio workout. And maybe some day you’ll do 50 – 100 reps and do your own burpee challenge.
185 total views, 4 views today