Burpees- The World's Dumbest Exercise

Jun 22, 2022

This article was originally posted in 2015

Burpee- Wikipedia

The burpee, or squat thrust, is a full body exercise used in strength training and as anaerobic exercise. The basic movement is performed in four steps and known as a "four-count burpee":


Every time I see a burpee, I just ask myself “why?”. When we think about the idea of "Start With Why",

Don't you just look at a burpee and think “why?”. Don't you just watch people do burpees and ask why?

I know I do. Wrist impact, shoulder impact, lumbar flexion. A million opportunities for bad mechanics with what upside? It's hard? Is that upside?

When you do them or program them, ask yourself a simple question. Why? Why is this exercise in my program?

Then try to find me a really good reason. I'm going to bet you can't.

Then ask, what are we getting from the burpee? Back to tired again?

It's our job to choose exercises that are effective. It's also our job to keep our athletes and clients healthy.

If you look at an exercise and see injury risk and then can't really explain why you do it, that makes it a really bad choice.