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Where Did Burpees Come From?

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  • Burpees were invented as a fitness test and were used to assess physical fitness in the military
  • The original burpee included just four steps and was sometimes called a squat thrust
  • The modern-day burpee has six steps, including the addition of a push-up and explosive jump

By Dr. Mercola

If you ever tried CrossFit or circuit workouts, you’ve probably done your fair share of burpees. They’re so effective they were used as a fitness test for men enlisting in the military during the 1940s.

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