Peace, Love and Burpees

I’ve fallen in love recently. Let me tell you about him.

Well, I’ve got to say he takes my breath away.

He makes me buckle at the knees.

I get all woozy with butterflies in my stomach at the thought of him.

I’ve been seeing him everyday for the last couple of weeks.




I try to incorporate him into everything I do.

All my friends are jealous of my devotion to him and he never lets me down, he’s like gravity in his consistency.

It looks like a match made in heaven…

My new love’s name starts with a B and out of respect, I sometimes refer to him as mister…

His name is Mr. Burpee.

Yes, I know you may have been thinking of something completely different…

I’ve been so enamored by Mister Burpee these last few weeks that I’ve incorporated him into all my workouts. I’ve been doing 50 burpees a day in various combinations. It’s true he takes my breath away and makes me weak at the knees, (and every where else too).  And I always get butterflies at the thought of seeing him and woozy, in fact, even a little sick to my stomach after seeing him, but I look forward to Mister Burpee every day.

I must say that my bum doesn’t always like Mister Burpee. (Get your head out of the gutter…I’m talking training now.)

The full squat into a jump has my glutes screaming and my hamstrings super tight these days. I’ve been spending some time rolling and stretching out. I mentioned to my boot campers how I felt Mister Burpee was the best glut exercise around so they reluctantly tried some, well, with me barking orders at them, with the hopes that Mister Burpee would do wonders for their backsides.

I’m convinced between the explosive jump from the full squat to the push up on the ground, Mister Burpee has you covered.

He’s an all round great love to have.

My latest challenge incorporated Mister Burpee with hill sprints. Given my climate, I figured I’d try to get this one in before the snow starts to fly. As you’ll see in the video, I barely got my workout in before snow threatened. Oddly enough, after the first one or two hill sprints, I was pretty warm.

So this challenge was simple enough (in theory):

  1. Sprint up a hill
  2. Jog down
  3. Do 10 full burpees
  4. Repeat for 10 sets or until you lose your lunch (or both)
  5. A perfect workout to get in 100 burpees and 100 push ups in a short time

This took me just under 15 minutes. I would have preferred my usual hill which is grassy, longer and steeper, but it’s a bike ride away and with the weather such as it was, I couldn’t even convince Desi Dawg to go there with me.

I couldn’t resist sharing one other special moment Mister Burpee and I spent together this week. We did some intervals, but I made myself stick to the rep scheme I had in my head.

Here it is:

  1. 1 min of Jump rope (BTW, Jump rope is another love of mine, but don’t tell Mister Burpee)
  2. 10 sec rest
  3. 1 min of Burpee pull ups (I forced myself to get 10 reps, even if I went over by a few seconds)
  4. 10 sec rest
  5. Repeat this for 10 sets
  6. This is an awesome HIIT/strength workout done in less than 25 minutes.

Do you see how versatile Mister Burpee is? Clearly many have yet to see the simple beauty in him.

I feel he and I are going to be an item for a long time to come….


I realize that I originally wrote this post two years ago. I’ve been in love now for quite some time…so much so that I created Challenge Burpees. It’s full of fun and challenging workouts,  no gimmicks, just the fat burning power of the burpee in short do anywhere workouts. You can get your hands on Challenge Burpee here.