Burpee One, Burpee Two, Burpee Three

All of us have a couple of love-hate relationships in our lives. Today I will tell you about one of mine. To be honest, I am not even quite sure if I LOVE to hate it or HATE to love it. How confusing can it be?!?!

And… DRUM ROLL… His Majesty The Burpee!

Here is a quick background to one of the ULTIMATE full body exercises out there.

Once upon a time there was a great man, Lt. Thomas Huddleston Burpee. His middle name was indeed Huddlestone, even though many would argue that it was Horrible or Horrendous instead. But then, why would anyone say such a terrible thing about a World War I veteran??? Well, the truth is, this is the guy who invented burpees as a part of his doctoral thesis. Yes, yes, I am referring to that bad@ss exercise that combined a squat, push-up and vertical leap, and was later incorporated in the training of elite military folks and top-notch athletes… and Spartans…


Kick feet back


Return to squat

Stand and end with jump

Since I am intending on getting the Spartan Trifecta  next year, I was super excited to hear about the Spartan Race challenge last week. All you have to do is 30 burpees for 30 days (or, obviously, add them to your current workout routine), as simple as that! You don’t have to do them in one set, if you can though, good for you! I personally do 3 sets of 10, but you can do how you please as long as you don’t injure youself. The key is  to perform sets in quick succession in order to rip all of the conditioning benefits of the exercise.

#30burpeesfor30 days

And let me tell you, IT KILLS YOU! But you look so cool and bad@ass while doing them (BINGO!), and just a couple of minutes later, you feel incredibly strong and … sweaty! Once, I heard someone saying that when you sweat, it’s your fat crying… Let me tell you, I LOOOOOOVE making my fat cry! Hahaha! Am I alone?!?!

7 reasons to include burpees in your workout

So what I am encouraging you to do is to start this challenge today, if you still haven’t done so! Join the movement on Twitter by writing #30burpeesfor30days, and make sure to let me know by linking it to my Twitter account @CandiesCrunches. It’s always easier when you’re a part of something bigger!



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