The Ultimate Conditioner
As no surprise, this is probably the one thing all of my clients hate with a passion. It’s interesting how something so simple can be such a nightmare. Albeit, a very efficient and beneficial nightmare.
If your goal is to reduce body fat in a relatively short period of time, burpee’s are the way to go. There are a number of different variations, as you can see there variation in doing above involves a “box jump”.
The most basic is performed as follows- Step 1: Drop down into the push-up position. Step 2: While in the push-up position, tuck knees into the chest. Step 3: Explode upward as high as you can throwing your hands up. This variation I call level 1. You can make it even easier for older demographic by raising the surface.
Here are some ways you can increase the difficulty. Level 2: Add a push-up between steps 1 & 2. Level 3: Add a Plank-Jack between steps 2 & 3, and add a Star-Jump after step 3 in the stead of a vertical jump. Level 4: Either jump forward as far as you can for step 3, jump onto a box (or bench), or do a 180° spin.
I understand, burpee’s are difficult to perform, however they are the ultimate total body exercise movement that will boost both your strength and cardio. If you aren’t the type of person who wants to do a number of different exercises, here’s one that you can do either timed or with reps and sets. Challenge yourself, for the next 4 weeks do nothing but burpee’s and see what kind of results you obtain!