One of our favourite full body exercises is the burpee. It is simple in that it requires no equipment and effective because it works the cardiovascular system, the arms, the legs and the core. An all round metabolism booster and fat burner!
So how do you do a burpee? There are several variations, but the basic burpee is generally performed as follows:
- From a standing position, squat down, placing your hands on the floor just in front of your toes.
- From here, jump both feet back together so you end up in a press-up position, body straight, core pulled in tight, arms straight, supporting your bodyweight.
- Jump both feet back in towards your hands then jump straight up in to the air, landing softly with both feet together. That’s one burpee .. repeat as many times as possible with good form.
If you are new to exercise, you can modify the burpee so that you just step each leg back into the press up position at phase 2 and omit the jump, just stand up at the end in phase 3.
Alternatively, if you want to add intensity, you can add a press up in at phase 2 and progress to a tuck jump at the end, pulling both knees into the chest as you jump up.