Is This The Ultimate Cardio Exercise?

And you thought regular burpees crushed calories

TYLER CHIN

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The standard burpee is one of the best exercises for incinerating calories no matter where you are and sending your heart rate soaring.

Better still, having a couple of body-weight moves in your arsenal is an excellent way to keep your fitness on the rails when you don’t have access to a gym or even fitness equipment. Of course, realistically, even the most effective body-weight exercises can get boring after a while, and that can put you at risk of falling off the wagon entirely. The key to consistently being able to motivate yourself to work out when you’re away from a gym, or, for that matter, any equipment at all, is to mix things up.

So here’s a move we guarantee you’ve never done, or seen, for that matter. Best of all, it’s a turbocharged variation of the standard burpee, which means you’ll get all the benefits of the original, and much more.

Check out the video above to watch Nike master trainer and Project by Equinox trainer Kirsty Godso demonstrate what she calls the typewriter burpee—essentially, a lateral travelling mountain climber combined with a 180 burpee. That’s right, your least favorite (but most effective) cardio move can now be combined with your other least-favorite (but also incredibly effective) cardio move.  Calories, you can run, but you cannot hide.

“It’s amazing for working on speed and body-weight strength, and really perking your heart rate up,” says Godso.

Substitute the typewriter burpee in any workout that calls for a traditional burpee to take your calorie burn to the next level, or take Godso’s suggestion of using it as a workout finisher to empty your tank.

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