What Is a Burpee Exercise?


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The burpee exercise is when a person squats with his hands on the floor in front, then thrusts his legs behind into the push-up position. He then returns to the squat position and jumps up as high as he can.

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This exercise is done as fast as the person can do it, aiming for 12 to 15 repetitions per 30 seconds. To add a degree of difficulty, a pushup is added after thrusting to the position.

For added strength training while doing burpees, an exerciser can hold dumbells in each hand or wear a weighted vest. When doing the vertical jump, a medicine ball can be raised over the head while performing the jump.

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