Ready for the most ridiculously difficult, yet incredibly simple, workout routine that’ll light up your heart rate and muscles while making you scream “F*CK THIS SH*T” at least six times?
It’s the 100 Burpee Challenge.
If you’re not familiar with the burpee, consider yourself lucky. The burpee, a workout move designed by Fitness Satan himself, is an excellent full body strengthener, a good cardio drill, and an absolutely grueling way to accomplish both. If you’re in a group fitness class and the instructor says it’s time for burpees, there’s a 90 percent chance everyone in the room is crying inside before they even begin.
Now that you know what you’re in for, here’s how the burpee is done. Start by standing up straight, and then crouch to the ground. Plant the hands and shoot your legs out behind you, into a plank. Do a push-up. Let a single tear fall to the mat while you’re down there. Jump your feet back up into the crouch, and blast off into a hop straight up, arms reaching to heaven for help that is not there. Repeat.
One hundred times.
If you’re still confused, let this extremely enthusiastic instructor show you how it’s done:
So why on earth would you attempt 100 of these things in a row? At what point does a moderately-fit person end up faceplanting on the descent, instead of assuming the pushup position? Around number 30? Fifty?
PopSugar recommends this workout because while it is a full-body ass-kicker, it’s mostly mental. Your mind will be wondering what the hell your body is doing well before your arms and legs give up. “It’s great for those training for a race or a fitness competition to practice pushing yourself no matter what and believing you can do it,” they write. “And though it may not be that fun, you’re going to feel so proud once you get to the last one!”
Proud, hating the word, wobbling to the In-N-Out Burger for a double-double, whatever. If you did 100 burpees today, consider yourself accomplished. If you didn’t make it to 100, don’t fret. There’s always tomorrow.
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