I tried the death by burpees challenge, and it wasn’t as bad as it sounds

I’ll caveat this headline by saying I hate burpees. I always have, and I probably always will. Yet they’re a staple of most HIIT workouts for a reason — they give you a great workout in a short amount of time. Like many readers, my initial thoughts when hearing about the death by burpees challenge was “hell no.” But, for the sake of a story, I unrolled my exercise mat and gave it a go. Read on to find out what happened.

How to do a burpee

I’d be remiss if I didn’t start by explaining what exactly a burpee is, and the type of burpee this challenge requires. Burpees are a full-body exercise that targets the shoulders, abdominals, back, and lower body, specifically your quads and calves. The aim of the exercise is to get from a vertical to a horizontal position, usually moving as quickly as possible.

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