Is there a single exercise more dreaded that the burpee? I think not. Any time it shows up in a workout at my gym, you’ll hear a collective GROAN. And a: “Ah, man. Burpees? I hate burpees!” (Which is part of the reason why this shirt really cracks me up.) And, I used to be in that groaning crowd. But I’m here to tell you that I’ve broken through the burpee barrier. I now love burpees.
Okay, so I don’t want to, like, marry them or anything and I don’t do them for “fun,” but I now respect them. And I’m actually grateful for them. Yes, grateful. See, after eight weeks of letting the stress fracture in my foot heal by doing no high-impact moves or exercises that require a lot of toe flexion, I’m just now back in the gym at 100 percent. I can run again. Row again. Box jump again. BURPEE AGAIN!
And it has been amazing.
Yes, they still leave me feeling like this (aka “wanting to die.”):
But after the break, being able to suffer through them feels good. In my eight-week break, I’d missed them. And I found a new appreciation for all of the amazing stuff my body can do.
So if you hate burpees, consider getting a stress fracture! Just kidding, change your thinking. Instead of focusing on what you don’t like and groaning and cursing your way through them, just be amazed at the wonderfulness that is a healthy body. One that can move. One that can jump and lift things and push through. One that can burpee! No matter your fitness level, just be grateful that you’re out there moving. Drop the negative talk and just see what you can do. You just might surprise yourself.
So, burpees? I love ya. Thanks for waiting for me.
Do you love burpees? Hate burpees? Love to hate ’em? How can you improve your relationship with them? —Jenn