If I had to pick just one exercise that was great for both strength and cardio conditioning I would have to choose the BURPEE. It’s kind of a silly name for such an intense exercise. The basic burpee has 5 components…
1. Squat down and place your hands on the ground in front of you.
2. Jump your feet out behind you so that you’re in the top of a push-up position.
3. Perform one push-up.
4. Jump your feet back in towards your hands so that you’re in the crouching squat position once again.
5. Jump up into the air with your hands above your head.
Not only will you be strengthening your upper body, lower body and core with this exercise but you will also be getting some great cardio in as you spike your heart rate.
Try this burpee challenge during your next workout…Start by doing 10 repetitions (5 if you are just starting out), then rest briefly before completing 9 reps, then 8,7,6,5….all the way down to 1. Try to take as little rest as possible between sets and time how long it takes you to go from 10 to 1 set of burpees. Try to beat your time the next time you attempt this challenge.