Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What is a Burpee?

When I first heard the term burpee, I smiled because it made me think of how I talk to a little baby when they burp. I say in a cute little baby voice, "oh, you just had a burpee" and the baby coos and smiles because they feel such great relief! Hmmm... Or is that my sister in law? (I would totally link a video, but I don't want to embarrass her.)

I also imagine, when I hear the word burpee, a beautiful large garden with all the tomatoes, beans, strawberries and blueberries a person can eat! Just thinking about it now makes me want to make a blueberry pie! That lovely seed company can produce food infinitely.

Then I was introduced to exercise for fun and learned that a burpee is an exercise that includes pushups, jumping and squatting. I heard of these things and couldn't figure out what was fun about this exercise. Perhaps it was simply created because trainers needed to create some sort of new exercise that would keep people coming back for more.

My MS class instructor's definition of a burpee is that it is pure entertainment mixed with torture. I mean, it is kind of hilarious watching a bunch of people with balance and strength problems squat, pushup, jump, squat, pushup, jump, squat, pushu... you get the point!!! On the torture front, my instructors have us do a MILLION burpees, and for what? I mean seriously, what good are they? They are good for fatigue, exhaustion, and misery...

But, you know me. I have to turn everything into a positive, so I've taken on the burpee challenge. My MS instructor has challenged our class to a challenge in which we try to increase the number of burpees we can do in a 5 minute period of time. The baseline test was about a month ago, and I was able to do 52 burpees in 5 minutes. How many burpees will it be at the end of the challenge? I guess we will just have to wait and see.

By the end of this thing, I might be like a baby and coo and smile because I feel so good, after the darn burpee!!!

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