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Burpee competition

Post by jacob » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:55 pm

Okay, let's hear it!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burpee_%28exercise%29
Begin in a standing position.
Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (count 1)
Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended. (count 2)
Immediately return your feet to the squat position. (count 3)
Jump up from the squat position (count 4)
NB: This is the no pushup version.

How many can you do in 1 minute?

(I happen to know my number from the Insanity fit test from about 2/3s in and it's 22 reps ... if you can do better, by Jove, I'll beat you! Because I'm not at all competitive. No, really! Just ask DW)

Ego, repicheep, DSKla, Jean, and theanimal, I'm calling you out ;-)

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Egg » Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:33 pm

28. Think I could've maybe pushed a bit harder, though.

Edit: Form will obvs make a big difference here. In the interests of honesty, I was going for speed so jumps were erring on the side of half-arsed.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Ego » Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:40 pm

Since we finished hiking the trail Mrs. Ego has been doing 6 sets of 10 no-pushup burpees with a 1 minute rest between. In the last few days she's been trying to goad me into a burpee competition. Now this!? $heesh

Okay, okay....I'm in.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Ego » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:35 am

20. Absolutely gutted.

I filmed it to see my form. It was pretty bad. Hips were sagging in the plank and my back was rounded in the jump.

This was the best one I could muster. http://makeagif.com/UyiP5B

I think we've got to define proper technique if this s going to be a competition. :D

Some define a no pushup burpee as this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPjoMaMxBvQ

I think of it more like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4Dio-FdqWg

This is EXACTLY what I needed.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by reepicheep » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:29 am

Sure, I'm in.

But if you're doing this in air conditioning and/or it's less than 98 degrees outside, you're a cheater.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Jean » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:13 am

27

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by fiby41 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:05 am

For similar but more intricate full body exercise routine, see: Suryanamaskar

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Quadalupe » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:18 am

I'll also give it a try tomorrow. And reep, just do it in the morning when it's cooler! At least that'll be my tactic in this scorched earth called the Netherlands.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by IlliniDave » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:52 am

Burpees suck. I don't remember the exact number, but I only managed 63 or or so in the Crossfit Open three years ago in 6 minutes. But I'm an old guy with a trashed ac-joint. The other rub is they made us suspend a target 6 inches above the extent of our standing vertical reach and on the jump you had to get two hands on the target or it didn't count. That 6" sounds easy, but after a time ...

Never tried for max reps in a minute but I can almost guarantee I'd have been sub-20.

The Crossfit form rule was chest and knees must be on the floor at the bottom. Both hands on the target at the top. How you move from top to bottom is your business. Burpees were allegedly (according to an Oly coach I once had) invented for Olympic lifters with the goal being to power up from the prone position via the pushup into a squat and then use the squat as the basis for a jump. So it was about speed and agility into/out of squats. That it is a move that when repeated is an endurance nightmare was just a happy accident.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by reepicheep » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:48 pm

27. I had a friend count and everything.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by steveo73 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:59 am

I had to do a 100 at a jiu-jitsu grading because I didn't wear my patches. I made about 80 in about 10 minutes (maybe more) and I was sore for 2 weeks. Never again.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by CelticTiger » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:58 pm

I did 21!!!

Only thing is,

My old athletics coach made us do star jumps on the last phase so I guess i did a variation. I only lasted 50 seconds. My form was spot on but I felt my heart was going to explode.

I badly need to get fit again

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Ego » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:27 pm

After finishing my first attempt the other day, I did 2X15 TRX explosive jumps with the Rocky theme playing in my head.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbJX94ZpyaQ

I had intended to make another attempt today to pass Jacob's 22 but, ah, I'm having trouble getting up from a sitting position right now. :o We've got a long flight tomorrow so I'm gonna let my ass recover.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by jacob » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:48 pm

Cold-starting helped: 29!

I'd give myself a B- or C for form. No straight arms (only have 8' ceilings which I sorta learned the hard way once :-P ) when jumping but elbows above head. Fell almost directly into the plank (counts 1 and 2 become one move), not pretty. Jumped maybe 2-3".

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Jean » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:08 pm

Hopefully my excuse was ready in case you'de beat me.
I just biked back from a city 500m lower and 20km away, where I drank unreasonable amounts of cheap beer, when I did my attempt.
Maybe I'll dare to try in an excuseless setting.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Chad » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:13 pm

@Ego
Love the Rocky IV reference!

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by theanimal » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:50 pm

25 for me.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Ego » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:13 pm

theanimal wrote:25 for me.
24 this morning. I've got @theanimal in my sights. 8-)
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Re: Burpee competition

Post by DSKla » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:16 pm

My burpee days are long past, for several reasons. But when I did them, I did a chest-to-deck (but no formal pushup, just get back up and jump) version. Believe my best minute was something like 27. I tried to keep my short efforts under 2.2 seconds per burpee, and my longer ones under 2.4 seconds per burpee (only got as far as 3 mins before my pace dropped).

Burpees can go to hell.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by JasonR » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:44 am

Hello? Is this thing on?
32.

Now I haven't done one ounce of weights or cardio in the last eleven months due to not going to the gym due to new babies not wanting to get sick in the gym daycare. But I'll fix this soon. Also, how does one do a burpee without a push-up? For form I'd give myself an F as the no push-up threw me for the first 2, and the last 30 made my wife think I was being attacked by wasps.

What other tests does insanity have?

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by Ego » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:19 am

Aw crap. This is not going to be good for my ego.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by jacob » Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:43 pm

JasonR wrote:What other tests does insanity have?
It has a biweekly "fit test" which consists of maximum reps for 1 minute followed by a 1 minute break in the following order. (There's a two minute break between burpees and the pushup jacks). First number is my starting number, second is after 7 weeks.

Switch kicks (35->135) (one kick is one rep)
Power jacks (43->75)
Power knees (left knee or the weak one) (83-138)
Power jumps (23->51)
Globe jumps (8 -> 12) (one rep is one round or 4 jumps)
Burpees (14 -> 24)
Push-up jacks (18->37)
Low plank oblique (23->48) (one rep is two knees)

Here's the whole thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIsgW6zm_eY

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by wood » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:33 pm

Just tried the test on todays workout. It was an insanity hell for sure. I consider myself fairly fit these days so I'm curious how I'll improve over the next 7 weeks with xmas coming up and all :p

Switch kicks (84) (one kick is one rep)
Power jacks (45)
Power knees (left knee or the weak one) (48)
Power jumps (64) <-- This one almost killed me.
Globe jumps (6) (one rep is one round or 4 jumps)
Burpees (15)
Push-up jacks (18)
Low plank oblique (42) (one rep is two knees)

What a great workout btw! I've been trying to create something like this on my own*, but this beats everything I've done so far. Edit: If it wasn't for my liking for boxing workouts, my results would probably be halfed.

*15-ish minute intense workouts. They are the best compromise between time, effort-results and motivation.

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by llorona » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:38 pm

20!

Because of joint pain in my feet, I have to do modified low-impact burpees:
1. Begin in standing position
2. Drop to squat position
3. Kick out left leg and then right leg while keeping arms extended
4. Bring in left leg and then right leg, returning to squat position
5. Stand and spring arms in the air

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Re: Burpee competition

Post by jacob » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:46 pm

@wood - Insanity is actually a thing: a complete work out program (google it). The list I gave is a test of progress that's performed every two weeks. The other days are "harder"/has more work than the test itself. Incidentally, I'm somewhat of a fanboy. My previous workouts were running and cycling. This makes for weak abs.

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