An exercise that keeps growing in popularity is the burpee.  As exotic as the name suggests, the exercise really isn’t that weird.  In fact, I’m almost positive that everyone who had gym class when they were growing, has performed a burpee in one form or another.

The burpee, or more commonly known as “up-downs” are those exercises you used to in gym class that the instructor used to make you do before you could do any of the fun stuff. They are also a very common exercise in football team warm ups. This form of exercise is all the rage right now. It is most likely because of all the health benefits that you get from doing this exercise. You totally control the intensity of this exercise because it depends completely upon how much you are willing to put into it. Here is how to perform the basic burpee:

So basic level burpee has a four count movement. You begin by standing in a regular standing position. The first count is you move your body down to a crouching position; the second movement is where you extend your legs out so that you are in a plank position. The next count is your return from the plank position to a crouch, and then the fourth count is when you stand back up. And that is the basic burpee! Most people will modify the way they do a burpee to a more intense workout. I will usually add a push-up when I am in the plank position, and also a little hop after I return to the standing position.

If you are new to exercising, then you should probably stick with a basic, and easy burpee so that you don’t wear yourself out; because this exercise can be very taxing on your body, and won’t take much to work your body.

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