If you want to increase your strength and endurance, one of the most popular and beneficial exercise you can do is a burpee. A burpee is a exercise that combines strength and aerobics. It is basically a standing squat that turns into a plank, back into a squat and then a jump. Then you repeat the exercise. It is one of the most difficult exercises to do as it drains your muscles and affects your cardio, but it will build your endurance up very quickly. It is almost an essential exercise to put into your regimen if you are training for an endurance race of any kind.
- Burpees are also referred to as a squat thrust that combines aerobic and strength training in one movement.
- Developed in the 1930’s as a way of measuring physical fitness in young men.
- Today it is used by the military, in CrossFit and now in obstacle courses.
“The burpee was introduced to Reebok Spartan Race in 2011. Joe Desena, owner of Reebok Spartan Race, changed the penalty from the push-up, because the burpee is a more compete exercise (it requires both strength and endurance).”