Push Press (Week 10)
front squat (115/75)
two push-up burpee
The Two Push-up Burpee
Circa 2009 the coaches heard a lot of complaints about burpees. They were hard. They were unforgiving. They scuffed up the knees. They made men into mice, women into little girls, and left athletes feeling sorry for themselves and debating about whether to late cancel or take the burpee hit in that day’s workout.
The coaches were disturbed and decided to do something about it. In January of 2010 they held a secret meeting at an undisclosed location to hammer out the causes of the burpee hatred and fear and to come up with a way to address the madness.
They thought long and hard and came up with a one year plan of action:
- Phase 1: program burpees more frequently but in small doses, test burpee benchmark and track number of resulting athlete complaints and/or negative statements
- Phase 2: start associating the burpee with desirable images such as “PR”, “easy”, and “awesome”
- Phase 3: expand desirable image to “super awesome” and think “yea burpees”
- Phase 4: inject healthy combination of coaching styles into group classes – “Suck it up buttercup, it’s just a freakin’ burpee. It’s not that hard, you lie down and then you stand up” AND “Every burpee you do is a special snowflake.”