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Burpees. No one likes them, except for the demented.
The metabolic demand from burpees is like a gorilla on crack. Relentless. Near annihilation.
It will destroy you if you do it with a sense of urgency (like this badass kid). You can eliminate the jump at the end of each burpee, if you wish. It will still destroy you.
Here’s my simple instruction:
Do 50 burpees in as little time as you can. Rest where you need to. It could take you 2 minutes, or 20 minutes.
The less time it takes to complete, the greater the power expression.
The greater the power expression, the greater the mechanical power output.
The greater the mechanical power output, the greater the metabolic power output.
The greater the metabolic power output, the greater the caloric expenditure.
The greater the caloric expenditure, the greater the fat burned.
But here’s the thing: all the burpees you’ve managed through the searing metabolic burn, breathlessness, physical discomfort, and outright muscular shutdown… none of it makes any difference to your long-term body fat.
Food, no matter what kind, fills it all back.
The point of this post: exercise is great for lots of things, one of which is burning calories. But calories are an open-ended thing. A huge discrepancy can exist between calorie expenditure and calorie intake.
If you want to lose fat long-term, you’ll have to average less calorie intake long-term.
By the way, 50 burpees took me 2:18. Try it for yourself, and put your time in the comment.