Everyone knows that burpees are one of the best exercises to transform your body – it’s the plank/push-up/jump combo that works so well! It works your upper body and lower body and is basically cardio and strength training. It sounds amazing but it’s such hard work!
Burpees or as we like to call it, the exercise that everyone loves to hate, has proven it’s many benefits but we’re ready to take a break from its torture and replace it with more manageable but still effective exercises.
Goodbye burpees, hello plank jacks
Start in a forearm plank position with your body in a straight line from the top of your head to your toes. The trick is to keep your butt as low to the ground as possible. Now jump both feet out to the sides and back to the starting position. Add jump squats after your plank jacks and you’ll create a different version of burpees.
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Make jumping jacks your new go-to
Stand with your feet together and your arms along your sides. Then jump both feet apart and bring both arms out to the sides and over your head. After, do a few reps of overhead presses with a dumbbell to target the same muscles that burpees do.
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Condition your body with mountain climbers
Start in a plank position with your hands tucked under your shoulders. Move your right knee into your chest, then extend the leg to return to starting position. Now bring your opposite knee to your chest and repeat. Add a few backward lunges after your set of mountain climbers to hit the same muscles that burpees do.
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Attempt box jumps
Start with your feet hip-width apart, facing the box. Slightly push your hips backwards and move your arms behind you. Then with power, swing your arms forward as you jump both feet onto the box or step. Add the push-up and target the same muscles that burpees do.
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