Burpees are great. No matter how much we hate them, there is no denying that they work the legs, butt, core, arms, chest, and back while giving us a massive cardio burst. These guys are like a secret weapon for toning and tightening all those areas that are so hard to tone and tighten. Once, there was a time when the idea of doing a burpee sent my running (almost literally) away from a workout. That is, until, I realized this little secret... For what they do, they really are not that bad. Gasp!
Yes, they are ridiculously difficult. And yes, doing an hour of burpees could bring a full grown he-man to tears; but, who has ever done burpees and not felt the rewards of it in the following days? Me either. That is why I have a challenge for you on this fine day. The 100 burpee challenge, to be precise. Yes, 100 burpees. How long will it take you? Can you do it in 15-minutes or less?
This past weekend I went to my first ever Crossfit class with a friend. It was great and there will be more on that later this week. What made this class so different from usual though, was the 3,000 burpee challenge for charity they were doing all day. After every circuit we had to do a minute of burpees. Then, there was 5-minutes at the end of the hour class. The 5-minutes were split between your team so you only ended up doing 2.5-minutes total. It was still insane. I did 88 burpees, averaging 12 burpees per minute.
Although I loved the Crossfit class and plan on returning, the burpees may have been the most useful part of the whole deal. And that, my friends, is what inspired me to put out this little mid-week challenge. 100 burpees in 15-minutes or less. Can you do it?
In order to really do this challenge, be sure that you are doing a full burpee. Start with your front on the ground, arms bent and hands on either side of your chest. Lift off to plank position and jump feet between the hands- no stepping here! Then, jump up, lifting hands straight up overhead. Jump back to plank and lower back down to the ground. That is one. Now just repeat 99 times and you are there!
Let me know how long it took you!