burpeesYou either love them or really really hate them, but we always manage to get a cheeky few into our sessions. Yes, its the burpee.

Sometimes called the squat thrust, this bad boy has been the bane of peoples lives during many PT sessions.

Broken down into 4 steps it was originally called the 4-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)

The origin (according to The Oxford Dictionaries online) was the 1930s: named after Royal H. Burpee, an American psysiologist. The original usage was Burpee test, in which a series of burpees are executed in rapid succession, designed to measure agility and coordination.

There are many types of burpees. First off , I suggest mastering the basic one for a good amount of reps (at least 20) then we can progress it to a tougher version.