Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Twenty Minute Tuesday: Burpees

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While I love my planks, there's one other exercise that I'm obsessed with. It provides a full body workout and gives you a quick, intense sweat. BURPEES! Burpees require four steps:
You will start in a standing position.
1. Drop into a deep squat with your hands on the ground.
2. Kick your legs back, fulling extended and get into a plank position (like you're getting ready to do a pushup, not like our normal planks on our forearms).
3. Brings your legs back in for the deep squat.
4. Jump up and reach your hands above your head.

They are great to do in intervals throughout the day when you have 3 or 4 minutes to spare. You don't have to do the twenty minutes all at once (trust me, it'll be quite difficult.) This a great exercise for those days when you don't have a large chunk of time to do an exercise, but a few minutes here and there to do something quickly.

Yoyi, an amazing trainer on youtube has a great video comprising of interval burpees. (check out her other videos too! They're all quick, under 15 minute workouts for those with busy schedules, no equipment needed.) You'll see Enrique actually do a pushup when he hits the bottom, but that is NOT a requirement. You can extend your legs and keep your arms extended to the ground, but if you want the challenge and have the arm strength, absolutely push yourself to an actual pushup.

You'll feel the burn in your legs, triceps, biceps, back, and core. Like I said, it's a perfect full body workout! This weeks challenge, complete this interval workout every other day until next Tuesday!

To a sweat filled workout!

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