Burpees, a fundamental bodyweight exercise, strong or not, never seem to get much easier. Burpees are like the perfect storm. They require a great deal of strength, coordination and balance. To do a lot of them quickly, you better also hope you’re quite fit!
In this short guide, we’ll take a look at why burpees are hard, how to do them, and the standards you should hold yourself to when adding them to a workout.
Burpees are difficult because they force your entire body to work hard through the movement. Getting on the floor, doing a press-up, to getting back up, and jumping with a clap overhead works all the major muscle groups: legs, shoulders, arms, chest, back. Your core supports your efforts throughout the entire movement, as such, burpees deplete your major muscle groups of oxygenated blood, elevating your heart rate and increasing your breathing rate. Whether it’s an all out set of 10-15 or 100 burpees at a slower pace for time, you’re bound to find yourself breathing heavily after you do the first big set.
Burpees are a compound movement requiring muscular strength and endurance, coordination, power, and cardiovascular fitness simultaneously.
If you struggle with press-ups, burpees are a good accessory movement for building up a base. Expect stronger chest muscles and improved cardio from adding burpees to your training.
Here are a few keys for getting good at burpees: