Ah, the dreaded burpee. Both admired and reviled by all, ever since… 1939, apparently, when a man named Royal H. Burpee invented the infamous exercise to determine a person’s physical fitness. (It’s fitting, really, since most people find them to be a royal pain in the you-know-what.)
Fast forward to 2017 and it’s still one of the most widely used and effective go-to exercises. To measure their effectiveness, Runner’s World‘s Danielle Zickl decided to do 30 burpees every day for 15 days and track her results.
“I completed three sets of 10 burpees for 15 days straight,” Zickl wrote. “I started out with a one-minute rest in between my sets and decreased that time by 15 seconds every three days until I was doing all 30 burpees at once with no rest for the last three days.”
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