Take Davey Wavey’s Burpee Challenge!

Can you handle it? Are you game?! Take my burpee challenge and find out what you’re really made of ๐Ÿ˜›

Okay, here’s the deal: Lots of guys focus primarily on their chest, arms and (sometimes) back. But the legs usually get neglected. A powerful leg workout is one of the foundations of a comprehensive workout program – and so, I want to share one of my favorite exercises.

(And when I say “favorite”, I really mean that I hate burpees. They are tough. They are painful. But like I always say, if you dislike a given exercise, that probably means you need to be doing more of it. We like what’s easy. And burpees definitely aren’t easy.)

First, watch this video to find out what burpees are:

Now for the challenge: Beat me at burpees. I kicked my ass today by doing 3 sets of 20 burpees. That’s 60 burpees in total. It may not sound like a lot – but trust me, it is. I, Davey Wavey, challenge you to 3 sets of 20 burpees. The prize? Satisfaction, I suppose. And stronger, more powerful leg muscles.

So bring it on. Can you do 3 set of 20 burpees?

Of course, if you can’t – don’t feel bad. It’s really hard. But it’s something that you can work up to. Now you have a goal. Do what you can today, and slowly build over time. You’ll get there.

Let me know if you’re able to do 3 sets of 20 burpees (60 in total) in the comments below!

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  1. Does Madonna know about this,well if she doesn’t she will now

  2. JackInDallas says:

    As soon as I get over this sinus infection, you’re on!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. WOW like you stated, not as easy as it looks.I can do 10 of the basics ,2 reps.i am out of breath!!! I love it. Thanks Davy Love Glenn

  4. lol. I’ve actually been doing these in a particular circuit routine i practice once a week. And it’s exactly this number of reps and sets. Davey… I’M THERE! Bring it!

  5. I haven’t done these since high school, but it seems bike riding is doing good things for my legs. I can match that.

  6. Hmmmm, Davey, I don’t want to commit to the proposed challenge. However, I will compliment you on the video editing. The different camera angles are cool, plus you matched up your movements as you changed angles.

  7. Ryan Bane says:

    Oh my goodness davey!!! We do these at cross country running practice for school and they work great!!! Not only do they work legs they arealmost a cardio workout as well!!

  8. Eiriksson says:

    Yep. I sometimes do these after the clean-and-jerk. Very good for developing co-ordinated explosive power. I’m a skier and swimmer and find that these are good for both.

  9. Any suggestions for a tall guy without a high ceiling? Are the raised arms necessary?

  10. We used to call those squat-thrusts (plus a jump) back in the day. Part of basic training calisthenics warm-up.

  11. i’m not in shape enough to do these. i need to condition with cardio. but yeah, we used to do these in gym and i freaking hate them. btw, i couldnt really see your legs or ass well…maybe you should go back to wearing underwear instead of shorts ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hey! I’m a bigger person and I was able to do 25. First time ever. I wanted to keel over after, but wow, do my arms and legs feel great now! =)

  13. Looks like a really fast and high energy Salute the Sun from Hatha Yoga.

  14. SO you’ll like this story. I have been doing all kind of exercises for like the past 4 months and have lost like 26 lbs. Pretty good right? So I saw this post and thought “HELL YEAH I can do this” since I have been doing burpees in my work out pretty regularly. So a friend of mind and I decided it do it at the gym. He stops after half of the 2nd set saying it’s to much as I laugh at him and chide him for giving up so soon and as I get to the half way point of the 3rdI get up and everything goes white. The next thing I remember was being on the floor with my friend laughing at me as he spills water on my face from his bottle. Lesson is let success and pictures fool you these are tough… or maybe not laugh at your friends when they say they’ve had enough.

  15. I did those in eighth grade Pe O.o However ummmm they were far less explosive. It was more like, DROP SLOWLY. Kind of jump legs out. Pull legs in. Stand up.

  16. The first time I ever tried burpees I had to do it in 3-minute sets, as part of a tough boxfit class! Much more than 60 burpees can be fit into 3 minutes…

  17. Hey I have an important question here, can you do burpee’s everyday? Or do you need to rest one day and than do them again another day?

  18. I remember doing these in elementary school gym class. We called them squat-thrust. Now how about some jumping jacks?


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