It’s unlikely you’ll ever run into a situation where the only options are to plunge into a crocodile infested hot lava swamp with spikes and sharks and pygmy cannibals or narrowly escape certain death by incredibly hammering out 100 burpees faster than you ever have before. Ah yes, the burpee: everyone’s favorite exercise. I tell people that even though they suck at burpees now, they will get better. I tell them that they may even get good at them. But I also tell them that they will never, ever like them. What is the purpose of the burpee? Where did it come from? It’s no mystery where the name came from – do an unbroken set of 20 or more shortly after lunch and you’ll quickly discover the etymology of the word. So why do we do them? Simple – they make you work hard, breathe hard, and they use every muscle in your body at the same time. Train your body to do burpees well, and suddenly other stuff isn’t so hard.
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