The Man Behind The Burpee

General Health

Hello everyone,

Ever find yourself amidst a gruelling set of burpees, cursing the day this exercise was invented? You’re not alone. But have you ever paused (mid-burpee, perhaps) to ponder who the mastermind behind this much loathed, yet supremely effective exercise is? Well, wonder no more! Allow me to introduce you to the man himself: Royal H. Burpee.

Who was Royal H. Burpee?

No, it’s not a made up name to match the regal pain the exercise brings! Royal Huddleston Burpee was an American physiologist. He invented the Burpee test in the 1930s as part of his PhD thesis as a quick and simple way to assess fitness. Little did he know that his creation would become a staple in fitness routines around the world, and, let’s be honest, a source of dread for many.

The Evolution of the Burpee

Originally, the exercise wasn’t as torturous as we know it today. The initial version was simpler: squat down, jump back into a plank, jump back to the squat position, and then stand up. No press ups. No jumps. No theatrics. Over time, fitness enthusiasts and trainers added their own twists, turning it into the full body exercise many have a love-hate relationship with today.

Why Do We Still Do Burpees?

Simply put, they work. Here’s why:

Full-Body Workout: A single motion engages your core, upper, and lower body.

Burn Those Calories: Thanks to the intensity, you burn more calories in less time.

Strength & Cardio Combined: Improve cardiovascular endurance and build strength simultaneously.

No Equipment Needed: It’s a versatile exercise you can do anywhere, anytime. No excuses!

A Few Fun Burpee Facts

Royal H. Burpee never intended for his exercise to be performed in the high repetition sets that are popular today. He would probably be in shock seeing the burpee challenges on the internet!

The World Record for the most burpees in 24 hours by a man is over 10,000!

In Conclusion

While it’s tempting to foster a small grudge against Mr. Burpee, let’s face it – his creation is genius. It’s a testament to the exercise’s efficiency that nearly a century later, we’re still talking about it, doing it, and yes, occasionally complaining about it.

So, the next time you drop to the floor to knock out a set of burpees, spare a thought for Royal H. Burpee. Maybe send a little gratitude his way – or, depending on how you feel mid-set, some light hearted frustration. Either way, here’s to fitness, fun, and the ever challenging burpee!

Stay active and keep those burpees coming! Or if you prefer to use weights, check out this blog: Weight Training – Why Lifting Weights Could Change Your Life