HOW TO TELL IF YOUR BURPEES SUCK
Written by Dave Thomas
The burpee is a movement that gets a bad rep because we assume it has to be done poorly. Thanks to too much beginner exposure to fitness for sport, we are used to this image of the fatigued athlete flopping down and having high school intercourse with the floor, making just about the same face, and repeating for five to ten unwatchable reps. Then the athlete pops up and asks why their back hurts.
Since many in the fitness industry began prioritizing time over movement quality, great movements like this have been bastardized, cheapened, and whored out all in the name of time. It ain’t the athlete’s fault if it’s misused. It’s ours and we, the fitness industry, must fix it.
When performed and cued correctly, the burpee is an excellent tool you can use for power (low reps for intensity) or conditioning (high reps for efficiency).
Let’s break down how to perform an effective burpee and use P360 athlete, Ashley as an example. This video was not a pre-rehearsed “how to”, I simply walked into the gym, saw her killing her reps and pulled out my phone to film. These reps are after three 500m row sets, as well as 100 varied reps of kettlebell movement, so it just goes to show you that for the trained athlete, fatigue is no excuse.
There are a few things to which I’d like you to pay attention.