We’ve got a guest writer this week! Coach-In-Training: Jonathan Madary
Almost every week you notice that there are burpees in at least one of the workouts. Or, after a game of Rowling, Coach Dave or Megan give you a burpee penalty. You may be asking yourself, “Why are we always doing burpees and not other fun, less annoying movements?” Some of you may just flat out HATE burpees. I’m here to tell you that you should embrace the pain of burpees. The benefits outweigh the short term pain and suffering you go through that leaves behind a puddle of sweat.
Unlike other movements, burpees pretty much work all your muscle groups. Burpees work your arms, chest, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and a ton of core. It’s such a well rounded movement that Dave Castro, the Director of the Crossfit Games, decided to make a previous Open workout as a 7-minute AMRAP of burpees and only burpees. Imagine how you would feel after that!
Burpees increase endurance. Doing 10 burpees alone in a row is enough to get your heart pumping, which will lead to building endurance and cardiovascular strength. Because you are working multiple muscle groups at one time, your body’s demand for oxygen increases. Over time, with consistency in performing burpees, your body will become more efficient in using oxygen, which will also show in your overall performance in workouts.