The Body Benefits of Burpees

The Body Benefits of Burpees

            We don’t know about you, but every time that fitness trainer announces that it’s time for burpees, it causes us to cry a little inside like a child who let go of their balloon or a sleep-deprived adult who just spilled their full cup of coffee. And yet, it seems like every single hardcore workout routine includes them. Why? As it turns out, burpees are a great full body exercise with many benefits. One of the first benefits is building strength. “Burpees require you to perform push-ups, a classic strength-building exercise, as well as squats. High-repetition squats, such as those performed during a set of burpees, work wonders for building muscular bulk and strength, not just for the legs, but for the entire body."

Another benefit for your body can be increased endurance. Think about it: you never perform just one burpee at a time. This exercise is always done in rapid succession, often with up to 15 repetitions within a 30-second time period. By requiring you to use your whole body weight, burpees are what is known as a high-load exercise. Research has shown that “high-repetition and high-load exercises are effective at increasing muscular endurance.” But your endurance isn’t the only thing you might improve by performing burpees during your workout. Burpees are a “high-intensity activity that is short in duration and requires your body to produce energy without the assistance of oxygen. By performing burpees often, you may improve your body's anaerobic exercise capacity.”[1]

Has all this positive talk about burpees made you (almost) forget how hard they are? Great! Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program and see if burpees are the right move for you. The science is there to show why they can be a great, full-body movement--all that’s left is to do them!


[1] Willett, Brian. “Burpees Benefits.” LIVESTRONG.COM, Leaf Group, www.livestrong.com/article/331299-burpees-benefits/.

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