As if burpees weren’t hard enough, the last thing you probably wanted to hear is the idea about a burpee being even harder. And you will probably be surprised to hear that the burpee variation that is harder comes from Pilates.
Pilates has certainly made more of a name for itself and has become quite a popular and challenging workout. It isn’t a workout for the delicate folk like it used to once hold as its reputation. Pilates can be challenging for even the fittest athlete and we are all about to get a taste of it by trying out the Pilates burpee.
A typical burpee is an exercise that is quick and gets your heart pumping. However, the Pilates burpee focuses on slow, measured movements that light up every muscle in the body – and don’t worry these will fire up your cardiovascular system as well.
- Start in the standing position with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
- Bring your arms up straight overhead.
- As you reach your hands to the mat, roll your spine slowly down (one vertabrae at a time) toward the mat, engaging your abs as you go.
- Once your hands touch the mat then start to walk them out into a plank position. Be sure to engage your glutes, thighs, and abs to fully feel the effects of the plank.
- Being your pushup by bending your elbows straight back to come into a tricep push-up. Then straighten your elbows and come back to the plank position.
- Now keeping your legs as straight as you can, walk your hands back toward your feet to the beginning curved-forward fold position.
- By using your abs, slowly roll back up to standing.
- Inhale to lift your arms and repeat the whole sequence.
We bet you can’t do as many of these Pilates burpees as you can a regular burpee. To challenge yourself, even more, try the sequence with on leg lifted the whole time.
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