As an athlete for my entire life, and a Former US Marine, I can honestly say that I’ve probably done just about every exercise you can possibly imagine.
I’ve done Push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, squats, lunges, squat-thrusts, handstand push-ups, inch-worms, planks, crunches, leg-raises, dip, leg-lifts, back raises, several exercises in wrestling practice that I don’t even have names for, Monkey F****** (A Marine Corps Favorite), the Electric Chair (Another USMC Favorite), and this list goes on and on.
But I never came across an ecercise I hated until my first Spartan Race. BURPEES (Not to be confused with Squat Thrusts). Burpees unfortunately are probably one of the best single exercises you can do to get a complete body workout. They don’t seem too bad until you do about 20 of them.
The proper way to perform a BURPEE.
Step 1: Start in the Standing Position
Step 2: Squat down and place palms on the ground.
Step 3: Jump feet back or walk back into a plank position.
Step 4: Perform a push up.
Step 5: Return to a plank position.
Step 6: Jump or walk into a squat position like step 2.
Step 7: Power jump straight up with your arms above your head or stand straight up with your arms above your head.
You get the point.
Burpees are a punishment (for lack of a better word) for missing an obstacle at a Spartan Race. 30 Burpees to be exact. The last race I ran had 75 obstacles, so imagine missing even 10% of the obstacles. That’s right, that would be 225 Burpees. So I always add Burpees to my exercise / workout program to make sure that if I have to do them, I can.
Luckily, I train hard enough that I’m typically able to complete all the obstacles. Oh how I hate Burpees.
What exercises do you hate that you still incorporate into your workouts? Hopefully you guys have some that I have never done that I can try.
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