Burpees - how to build back up?

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    Burpees - how to build back up?

    Those of you who have been on here for a very long time may remember that I used to kickbox on a fairly regular basis. Our club folded before lockdown in March last year and so I'm a little bit (!) out of practice.

    I have recently found a new club and to get my next belt, part of the fitness test is 10 burpees (everyone's favourite love-to-hate exercise). At the moment they are way out of my reach. I tried modifying it (step back with one leg then the other and bring them back in one at a time) but even that was difficult. We also have to do push-ups, sit-ups (also both disasters but that's just a matter of getting back into them) and plank (surprisingly OK).

    I've never liked burpees at the best of times. Any suggestions on what exercises to do (apart from just burpees!!) to build up to them?

    Thanks all!!

    And yes, I'm in shape... if you call round a shape.

    #2
    If you divide the burpee into individual parts it becomes much simpler: squat, put your hands on the ground and put yourself in the plank, push-ups, plank again and then put your feet one at a time as they were in squats and get up.
    It is exactly the same movement as the burpee but done much slower as the body gets used to it
    I started doing them like this until I felt comfortable with all the single movements and then I put them together by increasing the speed..

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      #3
      Originally posted by Fremen View Post
      If you divide the burpee into individual parts it becomes much simpler: squat, put your hands on the ground and put yourself in the plank, push-ups, plank again and then put your feet one at a time as they were in squats and get up.
      It is exactly the same movement as the burpee but done much slower as the body gets used to it
      I started doing them like this until I felt comfortable with all the single movements and then I put them together by increasing the speed..
      Hmm, yes, good idea. I might try that.

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        #4
        Or you could use Fremen 's suggestion but work individually on each portion. Build up your squats, build up your plank jump-ins, and so forth. Then put them all together.

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