Hello, I’m a personal trainer and I have an admission to make.
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I don’t like burpees.
You know, burpees. You’ve seen this exercise on reality shows like The Biggest Loser, or maybe you’ve even done them at a bootcamp. Hands down on the ground, get into pushup position, kick out the legs, bring the legs back in and jump up! Repeat until you’re lightheaded or until you feel like you need to throw up. Makes you feel like you’re exercising hard, must be a good thing!
Maybe it’s just me, but I just find burpees unpleasant. I can come up with lots of alternatives to get your heart rate up and make your body work hard. Some of my favourite exercises to proscribe like the slam ball or boxing can even be quite therapeutic. Visualise something or someone that’s giving you grief, and take out some frustration!
The thing about doing unpleasant exercise is that after a while, the motivation to keep fronting up and doing it starts to drop away, and maintaining the willpower to keep up an exercise routine to get you to your goals doesn’t get any easier over time. Of course helping you with motivation to get the results that you’re looking for is where I come in 🙂 However as outlined by Dr Michelle Segar in her excellent book No Sweat: How The Simple Science Of Motivation Can Bring You A Lifetime Of Fitness, you’re far more likely to stay with an exercise routine that you enjoy than one which you don’t. The workout that you start and finish does you more benefit than the workout that you don’t do.
For those that love their burpees, by all means go ahead and enjoy them. I just won’t be joining in with you 🙂
For those readers of this page who are looking to improve fitness, lose weight, tone up or improve strength without doing burpees, please contact me using the details at the bottom of this page!