That’s a lie.
But it’s been raining for so long that I actually can’t bring myself to wait for some sunshine to get this post done. And even if I did wait for some sunshine it would take about 54 years for the ground to dry out anyway. So we’re all going to just suck it up and get this done. Don’t complain – who’s really got the shitty job here?
8 No-Equipment Burpee Variations
The original and arguably the best (although not my fave, I’ll admit). Start in a standing position with shoulders back and core on. Squat down and place your hands on the ground in front of you. Kick your legs back to high plank. Jump your feet back to squat position. Vertical jump. You got it!
The Push-Up Burpee
Start like a regular burpee, but when you reach high plank, lower yourself into a push up before kicking your feet back in. If you need to drop your knees for the push up, that’s ok too.
The Tuck Jump Burpee
As with a regular burpee, but when you propel yourself upwards, you also need to bring your knees upwards into a tuck jump. This one hurts.
The Lateral Jump Burpee
As with a regular burpee, except when you come out of your vertical jump you need to take a big lateral (sideways) jump before starting your next burpee. This is probably in my top three favourite bodyweight variations.
The High Knees Burpee
Instead of the jump you do at the top of a regular burpee, go straight into a fast six high knees. Takes a bit of coordination… which I don’t always have. You should see the outtakes for this one.
The In-Out Burpee
This will add a little extra core work. Kick your legs out to high plank as per usual, then jump your feet out wide and then back in again before kicking them back in to complete the burpee as usual.
The Burpee Row
Add even more core work plus engage your upper back with this one. Kick back into high plank as per the regular burpee, then (core switched on) row first one arm and then the other (don’t try both at once unless you’re into face planting). Then kick your legs back in and continue.
The Chest-to-Ground Burpee
OK I’ve saved the best ’til last – this is my absolute FAVE! Much like a regular burpee, but from plank position you lower yourself all the way down, so your chest and quads hit the ground. Adds a whole other level of cardio, plus your triceps get a good workout. Love love LOVE IT!
Now, your challenge – should you choose to accept it – is to complete all eight of these burpee variations (at least a minute of each to really test them out) and let me know which one is your favourite.
Have a wonderful week, Team!