Burpees are a popular exercise move that helps you tone and work many of the muscles on your body. Doing many repetitive sets of burpees can provide a great standalone cardio and strength workout. It can also be incorporated into your regular workout.
Burpees work your skeletal system and cardiac muscles. To explain the effectiveness of this workout we’ve listed the muscles burpees work:
- Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Gluteus Maximus Muscles
When squatting down at the beginning of each burpee, these muscles help you lower your body to a squat. They also help your body thrust forward during the jump.
- Erector Spinae Muscles
These muscles are located in your lower back and they help you stabilize your body as you squat during the beginning of each burpee.
- Pectoralis Major Muscles
Your pecs or your chest muscles contract during the push up part of each burpee. As you lower yourself, the chest muscles are being worked.
- Rectus Abdominal Muscles
The floor part of a burpee is a core workout which targets your abdominal muscles as you stabilize your body for the push up and the jump.
- Deltoids Muscles
The push up and the jump of the burpee work your deltoids or upper back muscles since it requires arms and shoulder movements.
- Cardiac Muscles
Burpees can be very rigorous workout as it engages the core, the heart needs to pump blood faster to all the above muscles at work. In the process it’s a good workout for your heart as well.
So, burpees are arguably the ultimate workout to get your entire body in shape!