THE ORIGINAL BURPEE IS WHOLE BODY MAGIC!
The original burpee is whole body MAGIC! WHY? Because, if it is performed in its original form, it is LOW impact, HIGH yield, WHOLE BODY MOVEMENT. The original burpee has NO JUMP! The original burpee was created by Royal H. Burpee, as a fitness test. You can read A Brief History Of The Burpee at Huffpost.com.
We really do not know who added the JUMP to the burpee. This addition made it an exercise that many people could not safely perform. Anyone with a knee issue for example, would be best not to jump, as the impact on landing can be harmful. I no longer perform the new version, but maintain the original, as it is truly whole body magic.
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN
The original burpee starts in a low squat, extends your body back into a plank, moves you forward again to the low squat and then you stand up and REPEAT. Repeating this movement, in-and-of itself, is going to work every muscle in your body. ADD in meticulous mind-muscle control and you are guaranteed to feel your body respond. The burpee is an anaerobic movement when performed only once. However, you will soon find out, if you repeat it many times, your lung capacity is going to be challenged, which turns this into an aerobic workout.
For safety …
- Protect your knees from over rotation.
- Do not rush, slow and steady is safest!
- Fully complete each part of the movement i.e. return to squat from plank before standing, stand tall before returning to squat.
- Be mindful!
It is this combined effort … the burpee itself, the added mind-muscle control and the aerobic component when repeated, that makes this original burpee whole body magic.
THE STARTING SQUAT
Be MINDFUL! I do not want to sound like a broken record; however, if you have read my other posts, you have definitely heard this before – controlling your body during movement does 2 VERY important things.
- Keeps you safe.
- Makes the movement high-yield, by adding more muscle involvement.
The Right Way, shows you how to add a JUMP and a PUSH UP into your burpee to make it look more like the adapted version we see today. This video also shows you the wrong way to do the modern variation of the burpee, which makes it useful, if you want the higher impact version. The jump is at the beginning and the push up is done from the planking position.
DO YOU CHALLENGE YOURSELF?
I am not one to issue challenges. However, I am one to challenge MYSELF. I love the way my body feels when it responds to an ACTIVE challenge. As I move my body in and out of positions, connecting to my muscles and really focusing on my strength, the challenge helps me appreciate who I am and what I can do. Currently, I am refocusing on STRENGTH and building my 5-Move Workout.
I begin with 3 to 5 minutes of light aerobic movement to warm my body up. I call these NO jumping jacks. Next, are the original burpees (about 12 right now), followed by holding a plank. Push ups in the all-fours position, as my arms have not been worked well in a long while. Lastly, I turn over onto my back and put myself through a series of crunches. The whole workout likely takes me 20 minutes. I am doing this every other day and I follow up, with some floor stretches.
BURPEES AND PRACTICAL FITNESS
I cannot say enough about this move (in its original form). When you look at every day life and consider mobility, this movement will build your strength and help you with anything you may need to do in your day. Practical fitness is a necessity! We move in so many ways throughout our daily life, focusing on strength and muscle tone, will help us with every movement. The original burpee is whole body magic that will go a long way in helping you maintain and improve practical fitness. Read the articles below, to help you understand practical fitness and its benefits!