So raise your hand if you like burpees… Anyone? Anyone? Beuller? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
If you’re not sure what a burpee is, here is the official description CrossFit description:
To perform a burpee with a pushup, you will begin in a squat position with hands on the floor in front of you (1). Kick your feet back, while simultaneously lowering yourself into the bottom portion of a pushup. Your arms will not be extended. (2). Immediately return your feet to the squat position, while simultaneously pushing “up” with your arms. You will perform a pushup as you return your feet to the squat position (3). Leap up as high as possible from the squat position (4). Repeat, moving as fast as possible.
And it looks like this:
Well it should look like that, but here’s what I feel like I look like doing burpees:
When in reality, I look like this:
I hate burpees. Whenever I see them in a WOD, I want to run the other way. But I end up sticking it out because they are SO good for you! They use just about every muscle in your body and give you a killer workout. But I have a dilemma… Every time I do a lot of burpees, my knees look like this for about a week after:
Ouch! I get seriously bruised knees! I attribute this to my lack of upper body strength for the pushup part of the burpee and having to use my knees to push up off the ground. Or maybe I just have really bad form. Or maybe I need to drop a few pounds so I can be lighter on the drop down. All I know, is that it hurts!
So what are your thoughts on burpees? Do you get bruised knees from doing them? Any tips?
On a side note, while talking about burpees with my CrossFit pals yesterday, my friend Kat found this UH-Mazing video of a walrus exercising…enjoy 🙂