When it comes to setting a world record, burpees probably don’t come to mind. So how did I end up choosing this particular exercise for my record attempt? The records board at AMP Fitness is full of the achievements set by my clients, so I asked myself, “what can I do?”
I’ve always been a person who likes to push the envelope and to push others as well – and burpees … well, most people don’t like doing them. It was time to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. I looked up the Guinness World Record for the most burpees performed in one minute by a male – 46 – and tried it myself … falling shy by just one. At that point, I knew I had to give it a shot.
A burpee is a squat thrust with a vertical jump. It is named after Royal Huddleston Burpee, an American psychologist who was a Ph.D. candidate in applied physiology at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in 1939. Burpee developed the exercise as part of his thesis as a quick and easy way for U.S. military officials to measure the fitness level of recruits. The exercise grew in popularity when the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army adopted it during World War II.
Did you know? The burpee is named after Royal Huddleston Burpee, who developed the exercise as a quick and easy way for U.S. military officials to measure the fitness level of recruits.
Certified personal trainers like burpees because, unlike exercises that isolate just one part of your body — think bicep curls — burpees provide a full-body workout that helps you burn more calories in less time. And if you do them quickly and with intensity, you will receive a calorie burn that will last the entire day.
On Aug. 7, I will attempt to break the world record and raise money for Special Olympics Ohio in the process. Donations – either in a flat amount or per burpee – will be accepted up until the day of the event, with all the proceeds going to support the athletic programs and more than 4,000 athletes who compete in the Greater Cleveland area through Special Olympics Ohio.
For more information on how you can participate or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for our Bonkers for Burpees event, give us a call at 216-831-3674 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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