The Burpee BurnOUT!
Going from a pushup to a jump and back to a pushup again—like you do in the burpee—hammers nearly every muscle from head to toe. And since working multiple muscles in a high-intensity, explosive way takes a lot of energy, you feel spent after just a few reps. That's what makes it The Most Badass Exercise for Burning Fat.
But instead of resting to regain your composure, Sam Stauffer, an expert trainer for Men's Health Thrive, wants you to pop up and perform a lateral shuffle—demanding coordination from your tired muscles. “Since we don’t move side-to-side all that often, the lateral shuffle will challenge your body in a way your not used to, making it a lot harder than it sounds,” he says.
You'll do the lateral shuffle first in the beginning in order to prime the pattern, but since there's no rest, you'll just bounce back and forth as many times as you can between the two moves, Stauffer explains.
Switching back and forth between pure power and something that takes a little bit of thought will really tax your entire system. "It's similar to playing a skilled sport in the 4th quarter. You're exhausted, but you still have to perform."
Fortunately, you won't need 60 minutes on the clock to get this effect. Stauffer flew through 3 rounds of this muscle- and mind-challenging duo in just 1 minute and 26 seconds.
Try it, and let us know if you beat his score in the comments below.
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