AND US WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY LOVERS. LEARN WHY MICHAEL DOYLE HATES BURPEES in an article written for womenshealthmag.com, “I’m a Certified Trainer and I Think Doing Burpees is idiotic”. For those who share this sentiment Doyle offers alternatives that accomplish what burpees are supposed to do for fitness.
Before you turn away thinking this person is afraid of hard work and click to something about the more extreme forms of exercise, consider the credentials of the author. He is not someone who trains people for whom fitness is optional. “Michael Boyle is a certified functional strength coach…” the bio begins, “…He was formerly the head strength and conditioning coach for Boston University, a Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox strength and conditioning coach, and the strength and conditioning coach for the 1998 US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team”.
It would seem he has sufficient strength and conditioning coaching experience to comment with authority. By the way, the 1998 women’s ice hockey team was not just any team, not just a footnote in a resume. It made history!
“The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team had a powerful impact on the growth of girls and women’s hockey in the United States thanks to the success it enjoyed at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan,” Begins an entry about the team on the US Hockey Hall of Fame webpage. “The team twice defeated arch-rival Canada, including by a 3-1 count in the gold-medal game, en route to winning THE FIRST GOLD MEDAL PRESENTED IN WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY AT AN OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES.” Holy cow! That women's ice hockey team!!!
So, it might be wise to listen up when Doyle says burpees may not deliver what is promised. He suggests asking yourself why you are doing burpees. Whether for lower body plyometrics, for upper body strength, or for cardiovascular aerobic fitness there are other better choices.
This is a very quick read and doesn’t lay out a complete training plan. But it does absolve anyone from guilt if not performing burpees because doing them is too punishing. The 2018 Summer Challenge VI: Obstacle Course Training is undergoing an Earned Runs adaptation intended to make it more user-friendly for beginners and those who will use it to train but not participate in an event. One of the changes is swapping burpees for other exercises.
If getting down on hands and knees or the floor is difficult, Kaiser Permanente has a 16-page PDF of stability and strength exercises for hips, knees, and ankles that are performed while standing.
If you dislike burpees, celebrate and feel justified in choosing other activities that are more enjoyable and as (or more) effective in improving fitness. The strength and conditioning coach of the history-making 1998 US Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team says you should!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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