They sound like something a little kid would get from drinking too much soda pop, but, truth is, there is nothing juvenile about these. In fact, many coaches use these to train professional football players, and not to mention almost every single department of the military incorporates them into their training. That goes to show you these seemingly childish burbees, are actually a hardcore workout.
These combine cardio building, with body-weight training and plyometric exercising, thus making these the most well-rounded and effective exercise possible. Because they are a cardio exercise you will be able to burn a lot of calories by doing these; at the same time you will build very powerful core strength and functional strength.
These won’t build those glamour muscles that all those pretty boys want, but it will however train your body to react faster and stronger. Not to say this exercise won’t shape your muscle though, because it most definitely will. Any exercise that burns calories is going to bring out definition in the muscles. Any body-weight exercising is absolutely going to tone your muscle and shape them, but it won’t create bulk.
Burbees are great for burning a huge amount of calories and toning your body, but the real gem about this routine is that it actually enhances performance. Plyometric exercises are used to train muscle to react powerfully and quickly, so that you can get the most out of your muscle. And these are an excellent plyometric routine.
Here is how you do them: start in a standing position, and then bend down so that your hands are on the ground next to your feet. Do a little hop so that you land in a lowered pushup position; your feet should stay together the whole time. Now hop back into a squatted position with your feet near your hands on the ground, remembering the whole time to keep your feet together. Then from your squatted position jump as high as you can into the air. Once you land, repeat the whole routine. This is to be used like a cardio exercise, meaning you do it until you drop. At least, that is how the do it in the military training. It is good to try to get through the routine relatively quickly too.