Burpee noun

bur·​pee | \ ˈbər-pē

 a functional exercise in which one squats, puts the palms of the hands on the ground in front of the feet, jumps back into a push-up position, if brave enough completes one push-up, returns to squat position, and then jumps up into the air while extending the arms overhead.


“I love burpees” said no one ever – and with good reason.  They’re hard and just leave you out of breath, counting the seconds till the last rep.  They are however one of the most efficient and functional exercises you can perform.  


It targets all five dimensions of fitness:

  • Endurance
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Flexibility


It’s a full body strength exercise that works the arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings and abs. 


In 1940, at Columbia University, Royal H. Burpee invented the burpee for his Ph.D. as a quick and simple way to assess fitness.

Guinness record?

On the 23rd July 2018, Charlie Gard from Tasmania achieved a record 851 burpees in one hour.

Stefanos Thrasyvoulides