BURPEES! My friend Katie thought it was cute when I talked about burpees. All she would think of when she heard "burpee" was a little kid burping. She obviously never had done a burpee then. Those of us who have had the privilege of doing a burpee know that in no way is it a cute little child burp but something sent from hell to make grown men cry.
What is a burpee, you ask. See below.
Looks easy enough, right? Laying down and then jumping up. I did this all the time as a kid. No problem, right? WRONG! Get up, and do 10. It's okay, I will wait. Go ahead. DO IT.
The music helped, right?
I remember the first class when they had burpees on the white board. I cried. Really, there were tears. I could not even do one. Not a single burpee. I was good at the laying on the floor part.
They are still the bane of my existence, but here is the exciting thing. I can do them now. Today in my WOD, I rocked out 10. They were not RX or pretty, but they got done. I couldn't breath after. But guess what? I did them! I had some great people from CFR cheering me on and pushing me to crank out those last 10. Why? Because if I took too long, I had to do more clean squats. I had already done over 50. So I pushed and did them!
So, here's the moral of the story. Everyone has something they hate doing when they enter the gym. And, a lot of times that is the thing that will make you stronger. Keep working hard and pushing through. Burpees are my weakness. But if I do them enough, I will find another weakness, and then maybe burpees and I can have a civil relationship.
Do you love Burpees? What is the thing you love to hate, but see improvement on?