Andrew at Running Man Wannabe had the brilliant idea of hosting a Burpee Contest and has enlisted my help in demonstrating and judging. I know Zuzana was his first choice, but she declined his offer so I was the next best thing :D
I loved the idea of a Burpee contest because so many of us are talking about working on our core and doing pylometric exercises to improve our running. Burpees are a great way to do this, they work the whole body and get your heart rate going as well.
We chose to make them Push-up Burpees because first of all that is the only way I do them and second, it is a much better full body/ core workout this way. In my demo video I've shown how you can do the push-ups on your knees if you can't do many full push-ups yet.
In no way do I think my form is perfect, however I do think it is pretty good and I will continue to work towards improving it (mainly I think my end jump needs a little work.) I only started getting serious about adding Burpees about 2 weeks ago. I had done them before that but not to the extent that I am right now.
Burpee Movement~ Squat- Place your hands on the floor- Jump your legs back- Perform a push-up- Jump your legs back in- Hop up.
Some people like to drop right into their push-up as they kick their feet out and then push-up as they jump their feet back in. These are a little tougher/more advanced, but feel free to do it this way if you'd like :)
In my demo video I show: 1- Single Slow Burpee, 2- Single Knee Push-Up Burpee, 3- Three Regular Burpees, 4- Three Burpees With a Wider Stance Throughout (this makes the push-up a bit easier, and the whole movement smoother)
The blankets covering my windows are only there so that I could get a decent video, the sunlight was warping things :D
So head on over to Running Man Wannabe and check out his post on the rules and how to enter. The basics: As many Burpees as you can complete in 2 minutes then post your results (and/or video links) on the results page. If you want to video them and not show the world you can email your video to either of us :) You can attempt this as many times as you'd like until February 16th.
I will be posting my 2 minutes of Burpees as soon as I make an attempt :D
I think I've covered everything, but if you have any questions feel free to ask below :)
More proof that Burpees rock~ Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs loves them.