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.
- Begin in a standing position.
- Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (count 1)
- Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended. (count 2)
- Immediately return your feet to the squat position. (count 3)
- 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.