Burpees Suck: Do These 5 Workouts Instead

Burpees are tough, making them a hated exercise. While the benefits are great, it takes some serious muscle and endurance to be able to whip these babies out. Thankfully, there are numerous other exercises you can do that also give your body great benefits.

Jump Squat

A great HIIT workout that really gets your heart rate going. Begin in a squat position, then jump as explosively as you can returning back in that squat position. Do this consecutively as many times as a you can, only taking a short break between sets.

Split Squats

Also known as “jumping lunges”. Start in a standing position, then jump up landing in a lunge position. Then jump up, switching legs in the air landing in a lunge position with the opposite in front. Continue to do this as many times  as you can, taking only short breaks in between sets.

Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks can be a great calorie burner, when done as a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. For example, do 100 jumping jacks as quickly as you can, using the correct form. This means hands crossed above your head and go all the way down to your sides while you jump your legs out and in. Take a 10 second break, do another 100.

Mountain Climbers

In a push up position, with your arms straightened, bring your right knee up to your chest. Then jump and switch legs bringing your left knee up to your chest and right leg out. Continue to do this for one minute as quickly as possible.

Squat Thrust

This is like a burpee, without the jump and push up. To do a squat thrust you lower into a squat and place your hands on the floor. Then throw your feet back so you enter a push up position. Then jump your feet back to behind your hands and stand up.


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