Long Live The Burpees (Wed 10/6/10)

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Reposted from March 31, 2010

The Burpee: Everyone’s favorite movement. Personally, I hate them and I know there isn’t a person at the gym who enjoys seeing them on the board. They are incredibly simple – you get on the floor, make your chest touch the ground, get back up, do a little hop and clap your hands over your head. They don’t require much coordination, agility, strength, or any real skill at all. I can teach someone who’s never seen a burpee in their life to be an absolute ninja at them in about 15 seconds, yet they have been and will most likely remain the least favorite movement in CrossFit. But as a coach, there’s something intriguing about them (aside from watching peoples’ heads drop in disgust when it’s time to get started on them): Burpees are without a doubt one of the best training tools I’ve ever seen.

Burpees are hard, annoying, and very unpleasant (especially when the guy doing the programming puts more than 100 in the WOD). I know and love this about them. I’ve been doing them for a few years now, and I still hate doing them. But keep in mind that this is a CrossFit gym, and I assure you that how you feel about burpees is far less important to me than how much better you can become because of them. If nothing else, they teach you how to “quit bitching and deal with it” when faced with something unpleasant to do outside the gym. See? Practical fitness!

But the main reason I like them is because they are purely a matter of will and they challenge you in a way that is unique to burpees: No matter how many you’ve just done, you can always do one more. You may not feel like you can, but if it really came down to it you could clamber through another one – and you know it. You may argue, you may whine, you may complain between your gasps for breath, but you can ALWAYS do one more. This fact alone tests (and trains) your will to push yourself past your comfort zone without danger of injury from losing your grip in the middle of a kip or having a loaded barbell fall on your head, and unless you can push yourself beyond the level of discomfort you’re currently comfortable with, your level of fitness will stay right where it is now.

These horrible little monsters are a matter of WILL, and if you have the WILL to push yourself to greatness, then it WILL be yours. Don’t settle for less than incredible – that’s what globo-gyms are for. You’re a CrossFitter, and mediocre sucks.


Buy-In:

Shoulder Press 3-2-1-1-1

WOD:

“Elizabeth”

21-15-9 Reps for time of:

Squat Cleans
Ring Dips

Cash-Out:

30 GHD Situps

  • Dan

    Ok, follow me on this one.

    It was stated that Burpees = suck AND mediocre = suck. According to Euclid, two objects that equal the same thing must be equal. Therefore we can conclude Burpees = mediocre. Since we are striving to go beyond “mediocre,” we should never do them again. Quod erat demonstrandum.

  • Ladybug724

    Paleo Baba-ghanoush recipe
    Serves 8
    Ingredients
    • 2 large eggplants;
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
    • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice;
    • 2 tbsp tahini (optional);
    • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil;
    • 1 tsp cumin (optional);
    • Salt and pepper to taste;
    • Fresh parsley, optional, for garnish.
    Technique
    1. To roast the eggplants, either use your grill, the open flame of a gas stove or your oven. If using an open flame, keep the eggplant near the flame and turn them often to darken the skin evenly. If using your stove, prick the skin with a fork and roast for about 35 minutes in a 400 F oven.
    2. Put the roasted eggplants in a bowl of cold water, wait a bit and then peel off the skin.
    3. Place the roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin in a blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. Cool in the refrigerator and serve with extra olive oil on top and fresh parsley.

  • Ladybug724

    I like Dan’s reasoning. I’m guessing Tai isn’t impressed.

    Paleo Baba-ghanoush recipe
    Serves 8
    Ingredients
    • 2 large eggplants;
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
    • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice;
    • 2 tbsp tahini (optional);
    • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil;
    • 1 tsp cumin (optional);
    • Salt and pepper to taste;
    • Fresh parsley, optional, for garnish.
    Technique
    1. To roast the eggplants, either use your grill, the open flame of a gas stove or your oven. If using an open flame, keep the eggplant near the flame and turn them often to darken the skin evenly. If using your stove, prick the skin with a fork and roast for about 35 minutes in a 400 F oven.
    2. Put the roasted eggplants in a bowl of cold water, wait a bit and then peel off the skin.
    3. Place the roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin in a blender and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    4. Cool in the refrigerator and serve with extra olive oil on top and fresh parsley.

  • CFYork

    Dan that makes perfect sence, especially if you want to be a burpee machine as there is no doubt of many of them in your future.

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