The sweat-drenching move turns your body into the best piece of workout equipment ever, training virtually every muscle in your body-including your shoulders, chest, abs, quads, inner thighs, butt and triceps-and sending your heart rate through the roof for awesome calorie-torching, muscle-building benefits, says personal trainerMike Donavanik, C.S.C.S.
But to get the most from every rep, you need to know how to do a burpee with picture-perfect form. Here, Donavanik shares step-by-step tips on how to do a burpee.
How to Do a Burpee the Right Way
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, weight in your heels, and your arms at your sides.
Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat.
Place your hands on the floor directly in front of, and just inside, your feet. Shift your weight onto your hands.
Jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to heels. Be careful not to let your back sag or your butt stick up in the air, as both can keep you from effectively working your core.
Jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands.