The burpee is a boot camp staple. That’s because it’s one of the few bodyweight exercises that hits all the business areas in one go - your core, legs and arms. As the crouch, leg thrust and jump really asks a lot of the musculature around your joints too, it’s a great functional strength booster. This means it’ll make you more athletic.
But while it’s simple enough for more or less anyone to try, that’s no excuse for not using good technique. Struggling through a set of poorly performed burpees risks injury and reduces the fat loss and strength boost you’ll get.
That’s why Mark Wood and Garry Kerr, respectively Head Training Tutor and Head of Operations and Training at British Military Fitness, have made the video here that demonstrates the perfect burpee so you can master the move before your next boot camp session or workout.
Even if after a few reps your shoulder muscles are screaming and your legs are feeling like lead, it’s important you don’t lose form. As the saying goes for any exercise, one good rep is better than two bad reps.
The Perfect Burpee, Step-by-Step: