Monday, June 24, 2013


To get the fullest effect of this blog post, please start the music video first, and then continue reading.

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 do not like burpees.  My almost 6-foot body does not like doing them. Give me wall balls any day. The thing I am realizing is that the more I do burpees, the stronger I get. HOW DARE THEY DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR ME!

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?


Debbie @ Live from La Quinta said...

Yes I love/hate burpees. Since I'm a coach, I actually love making other people do them and hate doing them myself.

Pamela said...

I don't love them but I respect them. The pics made me laugh out loud!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I kind of love them a little, sometimes I hate them a little too. Great job cranking out your ten!

Itz Linz said...

HATE burpees!! but love the quote "burpees hate you too" lol

Katie Bauler said...

I wanna do a burpee...