If you’re the kind of person who spends their days in the gym and does everything they can to get themselves in shape and in tip-top condition, you’ve probably done at least one burpee in your life. If you’re not the kind of person who spends their day in the gym but decided to go to one gym class at one point in your life (and regretted it), you probably would have also tried your hand at a burpee – because personal trainers and workout gurus absolutely love them! With elements of jumping, squatting and a push-up all in one, burpees are there for high-intensity workouts, and you either love them or you hate them. Yet, have you ever wondered what the benefits of burpees are?
You get a full body workout
Searching for the right kind of workout and exercises for your stamina and your strength can be pretty darn difficult – but it doesn’t have to be. Although many people will struggle with burpees to start with, they offer a full body workout that is perfect for anyone who is looking to slim down, get lean, or even bulk themselves up. Not only does it incorporate strength training into your workout routine, but it also incorporates cardio thanks to the repetitive and high-intensity motions. Because of the burpee action, you also use almost every single muscle in your body, which is the perfect way to get everything moving at once. As if that wasn’t enough to get your burpee on, they also boost your metabolism and burn a heck load of calories! What are you waiting for?
You can get stronger
If you’ve always struggled to do a press up, or if you’ve always wanted to build up your strength and your muscle, it’s a great idea to add burpees into your workout routine. This is because each burpee you do will condition your muscles and push them to their limit. Although this may seem like a bad thing, pushing your muscles is the only way to make them bigger and enhance them in terms of their size and strength. Don’t believe us? Well, many militaries across the world incorporate burpees into their training schedules to test the ability of their soldiers. Although you may feel like you want to stop halfway through, it’s important that you push yourself through it – because it really will pay off!
You can do them anywhere
The best thing about a burpee is that they don’t require any equipment or special additions. You literally just need your body, an open space, and your motivation! All the work you need to put into a burpee comes from you, but can be done by people who have little to no strength, to those who are professional weight lifters. However, it is important to ensure that you do have enough space to get your burpee on. High ceilings and a soft surface is beneficial if you can find it.
They boost our endurance
If you’re a complete novice when it comes to burpees but really try to push yourself to complete a few sets, you will notice within a few weeks that they gradually become easier and you will be able to do more. This is because the action of doing a burpee actually boosts your endurance, your stamina, your strength and your confidence. As they gradually become easier, your body will start to use the extra oxygen it no longer needs to help you breathe through the pain to pump around the rest of your body – which is never a bad thing.
Although burpees may seem incredibly intimidating, they are also incredibly beneficial. So, next time you go to workout, try your hand at this exercise and reap the benefits in the process!