What if you could only do one exercise? I asked personal trainers and fitness professionals from all over the country to name their favorite total body exercise. Check out this line up of all-star moves!
The burpee is the winner by a landslide. This infamous exercise is a great total body shredder that I’m all too familiar with. Here are the some variations that have these trainers feeling the burn.
- Classic Burpee Allison Vernon-Thompson (pictured above), creator of OurNakedLife.com, and personal trainer in New York City explains that “Burpees require flexion and extension at all major joints, including ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders. Additionally, a well-executed burpee will tone the arms, chest, core, gluteus muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, and promote cardiovascular conditioning and coordination. That’s a lot of muscle mileage for one exercise!”
- Competition Burpees With this modification, you bring your chest to the floor and forgo the push-up. David King, CPT, NASM. and owner of David King Fitness in Austin, TX, says, “Although the Burpee is universally loathed as a near-death experience, in one movement it works every part of the body that clients say they would like to improve (thighs, buttocks, core, back, chest, shoulders, and arms) while skyrocketing the heart rate to condition the cardiovascular system and ultimately burn more body fat.”
- Deadman Burpees Try bringing your body completely to rest on the floor and adding a tap with your arms to the side. Jennifer Trimmier, personal trainer and owner of Strong Body San Antonio says, “It’s the perfect combination of moves that work the upper body, the lower body, and the cardiovascular system.”
- Superman Burpee Paisley Meekin, CPT and owner of Honest Training in Portland, OR, says, “The cool thing about burpees is that there are LOTS of variations. A basic variation is to start standing, squat down to put your hands on the ground, then hop your feet to a plank position, then lower all the way to the ground. I like to add in a superman lift here (bring your arms straight out in front of you and extend, lifting your both your arms and legs up). This incorporates your back muscles! Fun right?”