We recently read this article... I Did 30 Burpees For 15 Days And Here's What Happened.
It got us thinking about burpees, of course. But then again... we think about them often, no surprise there.
Love them or hate them... it's a move that will target every muscle in your body and train your cardiopulmonary fitness by repeatedly bring your heart rate up and down. It's a good one!
And let's be honest here... if you're really wanting to make changes in your body or with your health... you have to also be willing to get uncomfortable at times. That's exactly when change happens... when you're pushed out of your comfort zone.
If you do the same workouts over and over again... while exercise of any kind is definitely good for you... your body also adapts to it, making it feel "easier" to do. And you might even find yourself hitting a plateau or not seeing the results you want.
Whether it's by using heavier weights than normal, doing more repetitions or a high intensity cardio push where your heart rate spikes to being breathless... you've gotta send your body a signal that you're doing something different sometimes so it responds accordingly.
Here's some excerpts of what happened when the author did that 15 day challenge...
I completed three sets of 10 burpees for 15 days straight. I started out with a one-minute rest in between my sets and decreased that time by 15 seconds every three days until I was doing all 30 burpees at once with no rest for the last three days. I wanted to stick to the same time every day—when I woke up at 7:30 a.m.—but that didn’t always work out. When I slept in, I’d do a circuit when I got home at around 4 p.m. 1. My running improved. My typical easy pace is about nine minutes per mile, but towards the end of the 15 days, I started running faster without consciously ramping up my speed. My lungs felt clear and I coasted through miles. I was also going longer. I’ll usually do a three-mile run on weekdays after work, but I found myself having the energy to