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Burpees: The What and Why

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You may or may not have heard of a burpee. No, it isn’t a cloth you use to burp a baby after they’ve eaten. Rather, it’s a full body work out that is all the crazy with trainers and boot camps around.

As defined by Wikipedia: The burpee, also known as the squat thrust, is a full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise. The basic movement is performed in four steps and known as a "four-count burpee":

1.      Begin in a standing position.

2.      Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (count 1)

3.      Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended. (count 2)

4.      Immediately return your feet to the squat position. (count 3)

5.      Stand up from the squat position (count 4)

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Go ahead, try a few. I’ll wait.

Hurts all over, right? That’s what makes them so great.

Fitness experts love burpees because they’re an extremely effective way to burn calories, build upper-body strength, and increase power. They combine multiple exercises into one and allow for full body work out in a small space and without additional equipment. Lastly, as the 12 minute Athlete outlines: you can add them to almost any workout and revamp how you exercise.

Check out Fit Fluential for 12 Burpee Workouts, like the one below:

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