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Everyone Can Do a Burpee — Here's How

Jul 18 2015 - 4:00pm

Whether you love 'em or loathe 'em, burpees [1] are the best of both worlds: this challenging exercise gets your heart rate up while strengthening your entire body. If you're looking to incorporate this effective move into your workouts — and you should! — don't be intimidated. Just break it down.

Cameron Diaz [2]'s longtime trainer (and Kind spokesperson [3]) Teddy Bass has the perfect solution for discouraged beginners. Instead of jumping right into a set of burpees that only leave you breathless and discouraged, start with this easy-to-follow routine: jump into the air 10 times, then follow that with 10 squats, 10 push-ups, and 10 mountain climbers [4] before finishing in plank for 30 seconds. Unlike a burpee, which requires quick transitions between moves, you can go through these exercises at your own [5] pace. When you're able to take your time and hone in on correct technique, you can build the strength you need to do a fluid burpee with ease. Depending on your current fitness level, Teddy says that after just a few weeks, you'll be able to do a set of burpees with the best of them!

If the idea of doing a full set of burpees freaks you out, just pretend you're training one-on-one with Teddy; in between strength-training moves, he likes to add two to five burpees for a mini boost of cardio to mix things up and keep things feeling fun.


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