Day Twenty-seven of the tabata Fitness Challenge:

Day Twenty-seven of the tabata Fitness Challenge:

Day twenty-seven of our thirty day challenge and today’s tabata is burpees.  Do as many burpees as you can in 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds and do this 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.  To do a proper burpee, start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart and then lower your body into squat, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. Kick your feet back so you are in a push up position and keep your hands firmly on the ground to support your body.  Lower your chest and body down to do a push up and go back up.Kick your feet back to the original position and then stand up adn then jump up into the air and clap your hands over your head.  That is one burpee.  You can make it easier by not dong the push up or not doing the jump up at the end.  you can also walk your feet up and back rather than jumping.  Just pace your self and try not to stop.  It is easier if you keep momentum going.A full-body movement, the burpee calls on just about every major muscle group, so every part of you is working darn hard to bang out just one rep. Plus, as Expert Eugene Babenko explains, “20 burpees equates to more than 20 air squats, 20 push-ups, and 20 jumping jacks,” taking “the body through a very full range of motion requiring a lot of oxygen in a short period of time.” In other words, doing just a single burpee requires a ton of movement and places huge demands on the burpee-doer’s cardiovascular fitness. plus you are moving up and odwn through multiple plans.  So a tabata of burpees ( or kettlebell snatches) is probably the best 4 minute workout you can do for total body conditioning.  We are almost done with this 30 day challenge.  Think about what you have gotten out of it and please let me know!