How to Perform the Ultimate Burpee

Burpees may seem like the not-so-easy bodyweight exercise you have been practicing since elementary school, but there is a lot more to burpees then that! Burpees are an excellent total body exercise, burning tons of calories and strengthening nearly every part of your body, including arms, chest, glutes, quads, hamstrings, abs, and more. Not only are burpees great for building strength, but they also get your heart pumping, making them great cardio as well.

Here is how you perform the Ultimate Burpee:

Start by placing your hands on the ground, shoulder-width apart. Then, jump your feet backwards to push up position. Lower your chest and thighs to the ground, like you are doing a push up. Instead of pushing back up, jump your feet to your hands. Then, continue this motion by jumping upwards with full hip and knee extension. Your arms should extend overhead as you jump.

Congratulations, you just completed your first ultimate burpee! It might not seem too bad to begin with, but adding in more reps and sets can make this exercise quite the challenge. Burpees are great if you are working out at home or on the go, because they require no equipment.

The best part about burpees is that they are easy enough that anyone can do them, but challenging enough that anyone can get a good workout. Unlike other exercises, you do not need to add weights or variations to make the ultimate burpee difficult. Instead, simply add more reps or sets if you are not feeling the burn.

Try to challenge yourself or a friend to do 100 burpees as quickly as possible. This is a fun competition and may be more difficult than you think! The first one or two seem easy, but hit 10 or 20 of them and you will most certainly be breaking a sweat. Tough it out, but pace yourself and most of all, have fun!

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