Halfway through my 30 day Burpee challenge!
As with the last challenge, my shoulders started hurting from the push ups. I knew I hated push ups. I decided that since it was our challenge, I could change the definition of “burpee.” There are tons of variations of the burpees, and not all require push ups. I do feel like I am cheating though! So much easier without the push ups.
I thought I might repost some of the information gathered during my first challenge two years ago:
1. Burpees are named after their creator–Royal H. Burpee, who was an employee at the Bronx YMCA in the 1930s. He used the exercise in his doctoral thesis for Columbia University in the subject of applied physiology in 1940, while the Bronx YMCA introduced it to their members.
2. I hate Burpees
3. Burpees are used in Spartan races if a racer can’t complete an obstacle as a time penalty, 30 for an elite athlete and 10 for those running in the general population. Burpees are also often used in CrossFit classes as a penalty if a participant is late.
4. I hate Burpees.
5. Burpees were used by the US Armed Forces as a measurement of fitness for applicants during WWII. The exerise let them assess the strength, coordination and agility. Twenty-seven burpees in one minute was considered poor physical form, while forty-one was considered excellent. I believe that would be the original Burpee, not with a push-up. (I haven’t tried, not sure I really want to know)
6. I hate Burpees.
7. There are dozens of variations. Royal’s original was a 4 beat: squat with hands on floor, kick feet back to a push-up position, jump back to squat position, jump up. A newer version (the one I did) has a push-up and a higher jump added. Do a search, however, and you will find Burpees with weights, jumps onto steps, jumps over obstacles and many more additions to make a Burpee more difficult. Like it needs help! Check out Lifting Revolution’s blog to see some variations.
8. I hate Burpees. And push-ups, I definitely hate push-ups.
9. “On May 17, 2014, in Greenwood, South Carolina, a gentleman by the name of Cameron Dorn broke two burpee world records. He performed 5,657 within a 12-hour period. He also completed the most burpees in a 24-hour period, finishing with a whopping 10,105. Another world record was achieved on October 21, 2013, in Portland, Oregon, by Lloyd Weema. He broke the burpee world record for the most chest to ground burpees performed in 72 hours with 9,480.”* Yeah, I am not trying that.