One thing we all look for when trying to get in shape and lose weight is the best exercises to lose weight. We want to make sure we are being efficient with our time and getting the most bang for our buck, so to speak. One of our members, Jason Schlichting, recently pointed out that we have several exercises that are essentially variations of a burpee. Very good observation, Jason, and there is a reason behind that!
Burpees are a favorite exercise of elite athletes, military special forces, and of course HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. So, the reason you see exercises such as traditional burpees, stay low burpees, burpee box jumps, fast feet touchdowns, and others is because we want you to be as effective and efficient as possible with your workouts, while still getting variation! In other words, when searching for that best exercise to lose weight, you’ve found it (over and over) here at Team Afterburn!
Here are four reasons burpees are truly one of the best exercises to lose weight:
1.) You melt away calories
Research has already proven that HIIT workouts can burn up to 50% more calories and fat than traditional workouts. When one of those exercises incorporates the entire body, like a burpee, then you are maximizing your results even more and turning your body into a calorie-burning machine!
2.) You build strength
We preach functional fitness at Team Afterburn. How we treat our bodies now will have long lasting effects on our everyday lives, for the rest of our lives! Burpees work muscles from top to bottom and every repetition helps build up our strength over time!
3.) You increase your conditioning
We love those elevated heart rates at Team Afterburn and burpees are one of the most effective ways to achieve that! There’s a reason why individuals who need to be at their very best for extended periods of time (special forces, athletes, etc) rely so heavily on burpees. Burpees will help increase you endurance and allow you to work harder, for longer periods of time.
4.) You can do them virtually anywhere, any time
No matter what type of workout we have going on in the studio that day, burpees can always be incorporated. This means you can also do them on days you cant make it to the gym, days you are on vacation, or heck even when you are just at home and want to burn some extra calories! Challenge your coworkers to a burpee contest and show them what you’ve been working toward at Team Afterburn!
As you can see, burpees truly are one of the best exercises to lose weight, and we love to utilize them in our program. However, we make it a point to keep you on your toes and keep the exercises new and interesting, so we love to modify them and make new exercises, while still getting the benefits of the burpee! If you are looking to improve your health and fitness, check out our 6-week, no commitment trial package at http://www.teamafterburn.com/6-weeks-trial-membership/ and also like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamafterburn.