I have had mixed emotions about this “bleepity bleep” 100 Day Burpees Challenge issued to us by none other than Carman’s hubby!! Burpees are so mentally and physically hard for me! I have been resisting this challenge. On Saturday, we all know I had to play catch up. I was so behind that I had to do 124 burpees to be current! I seriously felt like I was in Burpee Debt! My calves and back muscles were screaming at me on Sunday morning. Never the less, I did my 20 on Sunday… and I have already done my 21 today. As I was talking to Carman about those pesky little suckers…. we were just trying to figure out WHY we needed to do them. What was so important about burpees? What good would actually come out of this challenge. Last night… I googled them, and came across this blog….. Here is what it had to say! I found this very informative AND somewhat motivating!!
The Benefits of Burpees
The burpee is the ultimate full body exercise. There’s a reason why football teams, CrossFit practitioners, and elite military forces use the burpee in their workouts. Just one simple movement tests both your strength and aerobic capacities. Below we go into a few more details on the benefits of the burpee:
Strength. The burpee is a full body, strength training exercise. With each repetition, you’ll work your chest, arms, front deltoids, thighs, hamstrings, and abs. Trust me. Your legs will feel like they’re pumping battery acid after you complete a set of burpees.
Fat burning. Because you’re using your full body when doing burpees and because they’re such an intense workout, the burpee is one of the best exercises to burn fat. Studies have shown that high intensity exercises, like burpees, burn up to 50% more fat than conventional strength training exercises. They’ve also been shown to speed up your metabolism which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. If you’re looking to get rid of that spare tire, step off the elliptical machine and start doing burpees.
Conditioning. Many men today spend hours a week in the gym sculpting washboard abs and bowling ball biceps. While those muscles look nice, they don’t do much for you when you have to split a giant pile of wood or even save your own life. Burpees are an effective exercise for developing the conditioning and endurance, the manly vim and vigor to tackle any challenge. They’re also a great exercise to include in football conditioning drills.
Free. There are no fancy gizmos, classes or gym memberships required to perform a burpee. All you need is your body, a floor, and an iron will.
Portable. You can do this exercise anywhere. On the road? Bust some out in the hotel room. Don’t have a gym membership? Get your burpee on at the park. In prison? Do them in your cell.
Fire Bites For Sunday:
I have been STRUGGLING big time in the food department. I am really trying to figure out what is going on with me, but for now… I’m just “keeping it real” and reporting my menu. It’s nothing to brag about.
Protein Pancake – 5 pts
Zone Bar on the way to church… sorry for the blur…. my husband drives fast when we are late – 5 pts
Turkey Swiss Melt W/ Side Of Roasted Veggies – 4 pts
Hungry Girl’s Mississippi Mug Pie because I was feeling HUNGRY! – 7 pts
Took a Sunday nap before I had to head out to a couple of meetings….. Cream Of Wheat before I left – 3 pts
The rest of the day was NOT PICTURED…..
2 Brownies at one of my meetings
Ice Cream Cone
Lots of Cinnamon Toast Crunch dry cereal
Total Points for the day: 54
Have you ever incorporated Burpees into your work outs??? Do you love ’em or hate ’em???
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