Why do they call it Burpees?
More Pars Fitness Coaches Danny V and Christina Ricci show you a dynamic and explosive move that will get your heart pumping! In fact, a single burpee demands that your entire body work to perform six bodyweight movements in a row (including three separate jumps) that take you from vertical to horizontal, back to vertical again.
Key benefits of this move:Strengthens your entire body with a focus on legs and core
Improves your coordination and stamina
Strengthens your explosive power
The Set Up & Execution
• Begin with feet hip-width apart.
• Engage your core as you kick your legs back and head to the floor into a push-up position.
• Chest touches the ground, elbows stay in tight through the push up.
• Jump in to your heels deliberately, into a squat position.
• Explosively jump up into the air, reaching arms straight overhead, clapping your hands at the top.
• Repeat keeping a quick moving pace.
Move fast, but keep the moves clean. It is easy to get sloppy with the pushup, squat landing and jump, especially as you fatigue.
Do not arch our back or allow your mid-section to sink below your hips as you head down in to the push-up.
So let’s make sure you get green checks with these key points:
• Get athletic with this move and really squat down to initiate the jump.
• Aim higher and farther with each jump.
• Land in your heels and land softly.
• Stand to full extension and reset the feet before the next jump.
Your goal is a repetition of 8-12 burpees at a quick, but steady pace.
Answer: Royal H. Burpee was a physiologist in New York City who invented a much milder version of the movement, intending it to be done just four times in a row as part of a fitness test. Burpee wanted a simple way to assess the fitness of everyday folks (starting with the new members of the YMCA in the Bronx, where Burpee worked). So in 1939, as a Ph.D. candidate in applied physiology at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, he invented an as-yet-unnamed four-count movement that would provide a quick and accurate way to evaluate fitness. Only later would it evolve into the six-count beast we know today.