The Burpee is a full body exercise used in strength training and as an aerobic exercise.

According to Oxford Dictionaries Online, the exercise was named in the 1930s for American physiologist Royal H. Burpee, who developed the burpee test. He earned a PhD in applied physiology from Columbia University in 1940 and created the “burpee” exercise as part of his PhD thesis as a quick and simple way to assess fitness. The exercise was popularized when the United States Armed Services adopted it as a way to assess the fitness level of recruits when the US entered WWII. Consisting of a series of the exercises performed in rapid succession, the test was meant to be a quick measure of agility, coordination and strength.

I forgot about this exercise. I know I blogged earlier about how I hate jumping jacks, well I think I hate this exercise even more.

I think this is an exercise that a personal trainer can pull out of their arsenal of exercises just to torture the client.

How about this Burpee? I’ve never heard of this one!

Burpee long-jump mile:

The athlete performs the burpee exercise, then performs a standing long jump. This sequence is repeated until the athlete has traveled one mile.

I think I can maintain a high fitness level and never have to perform a burpee.