If you are used to doing exercises, you may know what burpees are. There are many opinions about the pros and cons of doing burpees and here is what personal trainers think about them
What are burpees?
Burpees are exercises that consist of four-step movements that work the whole body: it includes jumping, tightening, speed, and fat burning. Here is how to do it:
- Begin in a standing position
- Move into a squat position with your hands on the ground
- Kick your feet back into a hand plank position, while keeping your arms extended
- Immediately return your feet into a squat position
- Stand up from the squat position
Are burpees good or bad for you?
According to the celebrity's personal trainer, Patrick Murphy, burpees are one of the most usual exercises you do if you go to a gym, but it can be bad for you. Patrick is known for being the trainer behind Zac Efron’s toned body and he also trains other celebrities from Hollywood.
Murphy talked with Men's Health about burpees: “Burpees aren’t good for the human body. Do you know what burpees are good for? They originated in the military as a way of dodging bullets. They’re good for relocation.”
It is said that burpees can be done by almost everybody but Murphy is not a big fan since it explains that they are for militaries. He said: “Imagine you’re doing burpees and then going to your sit-down job in an office all day. It’s not good for the wrist, and the spine is not in the proper position.” In other words, burpees can cause wrist and shoulder muscle injuries, that is why it is important to learn the proper techniques.
However, another personal trainer at Crunch in New York City, who wasn’t convinced by Murphy’s reasoning, defended these exercises. He said that burpees are actually a great, full-body exercise to sweat and strengthen muscles, even for beginners.