Whether you love ’em or loathe ’em, burpees are the best of both worlds: this challenging exercise gets your heart rate up while strengthening your entire body. If you’re looking to incorporate this effective move into your workouts ¡ª and you should! ¡ª don’t be intimidated. Just break it down.
Cameron Diaz’s longtime trainer (and Kind spokesperson) Teddy Bass has the perfect solution for discouraged beginners. Instead of jumping right into a set of burpees that only leave you breathless and discouraged, start with this easy-to-follow routine: jump into the air 10 times, then follow that with 10 squats, 10 push-ups, and 10 mountain climbers before finishing in plank for 30 seconds. Unlike a burpee, which requires quick transitions between moves, you can go through these exercises at your own pace. When you’re able to take your time and hone in on correct technique, you can build the strength you need to do a fluid burpee with ease. Depending on your current fitness level, Teddy says that after just a few weeks, you’ll be able to do a set of burpees with the best of them!
If the idea of doing a full set of burpees freaks you out, just pretend you’re training one-on-one with Teddy; in between strength-training moves, he likes to add two to five burpees for a mini boost of cardio to mix things up and keep things feeling fun.
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