Anyone who’s ever fallen victim to the all-around intensive burpee knows the dread that accompanies the impossibly difficult workout move.
But is this classic military staple deserving of all its praise? According to celebrity trainer Patrick Murphy, the burpee might just be the worst workout move for your body and overall fitness progress.
“Burpees aren’t good for the human body. You know what burpees are good for? They originated in the military as a way of dodging bullets. They’re good for relocation,” explains Murphy to Men’s Health.
Murphy is the man responsible for whipping Zac Efron into tiptop shape for his recent Baywatch role, using a combination of bodyweight, free weight, strength training and stabilization techniques.
Part of the appeal of burpees is the tightening effect the power move has on the body after repeated habit, but even then, Murphy says the tradeoff isn’t worth it—especially if you find yourself sitting and working at a desk for most of the day.
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