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The burpee is a full body exercise used in strength training and as aerobic exercise. It is performed in four steps:

  • Begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you.
  • Kick your feet back, while simultaneously lowering yourself into a pushup
  • Immediately return your feet to the squat position, while simultaneously pushing up with your arms.
  • Leap up as high as possible from the squat position.

Burpees are also known as 'Up-downs".

Variants Edit

  • Easier variants
    • No-pushup burpee: the athlete does not perform a pushup while kicking back his feet.
    • Non-jump burpee: the athlete does not jump in the air after step 3.
  • More challenging variants
    • Long-jump burpee: the athlete jumps forward, not upward.
    • Jump-tack burpee: the athlete pulls his knees to his chest while jumping.
    • Jump-over burpee: the athlete jumps over an obstacle between burpees.
    • One-armed burpee: the athlete uses only one arm for the whole exercise including the pushup.
    • Dumbbell burpee: the athlete holds a pair of dumbbells while performing the exercise.
    • Parkour burpee: following one burpee on the ground, the athlete jumps upon a table and performs the second burpee on the table, then jumps back to the initial position
    • Hindu push up burpee: instead of a regular push up, do a hindu push up
    • Pull-up burpee: Combine a pull-up with the jump or do a pull-up instead of the jump.
  • Other variants
    • Wall burpees / incline burpees / air burpees: the athlete kicks his feet up against a wall / up on a table / up in the air, instead of back. Usually, these variants are performed without a pushup.
  • The 8 count body builder is another variant of the burpee. Counts 1-8 are as follows: (1) put your hands down, (2) push out your feet, (3) and (4) do a jumping jack on the ground, (5) and (6) perform a pushup, (7) bring your feet back forward, (8) jump in the air.


The exercise may have been originated by a man named Lieutenant Thomas Burpee (1757-1839). He was an officer in the New Hampshire Militia during the American Revolutionary War and was described as “having the innate Burpee fondness for martial exercises” in A History of the Town of New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Lt. Burpee may have used the combination of pushups and squat thrusts as a means of drilling, conditioning, and disciplining the troops under his command. In addition, the exercise may have also been used by the troops as a way to stay warm during the winters in wartime New England.

As per wikipedia it was "invented" by Dr. Burpee in 1940.

Videos Edit



File:4 Year Old Kid Doing a Burpee

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