Are You Doing Burpees Correctly?

by Adeline

Burpees is one of the many good exercises to do while travelling because it’s fairly easy to carry out and you don’t need any equipment. It’s a complete body workout targeting the arms, chest, glutes, quads, hamstrings and abs. However, if you find burpees aren’t doing anything great for your fitness, it might be because it’s being done in the wrong form.

Shawn Arent, the director of the Center of Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University, explains the proper form for the burpee as follows:

  1. Lower yourself into a full push-up position.
  2. When you leap back up towards your hands, make sure to land in a wider base position rather than landing the feet in between the hands.
  3. Beginners should do three sets of 5 to 10 reps and work it up to three to five sets of 10 to 20 reps.

He also pointed out the common mistake is to bring up our feet to a frog squat position, which means we’re not getting the full benefits from a proper burpee.

Watch the video below for an in-depth explanation by Shawn Arent.


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