It was just 32 degrees when we started. There were three reps of Arnold presses, squat lifts and mountain climbers followed by two minutes of burpees. Then were was another set of exercises followed by three minutes of burpees. Them, more exercises and four minutes of a routine I have grown to appreciate, if not love. Squat down, jump back, plank slowly, and lie with hands stretched for a nanosecond. Then, push up, slowly jump back, and get ready to do it all again.
Before the Pandemic, I thought of Burpee as a company that produced seeds. I also thought I was pretty good shape, walking around Manhattan, swimming laps at the YMCA, and going around the circuit to push and pull weights once a week. But then, my lifestyle, work-style, and free-time-activities changed dramatically as I hunkered down at home, not even going to a grocery store to walk around! Like so many of us, over the span of a few months, I gained a few pounds and lost a great deal of muscle mass resulting in strained jeans and tight tops.
One Saturday morning late last summer, I joined what she referred to as "Meme" or Grandma boot camp. It was really hard and I was really sore and totally miserable after than first workout, even though she had not introduced the burpee and steered clear of planks and pushups! Over the past few months, I have huffed and puffed through an hour or so of exercise and weights to build strength and agility each weekend. I follow up with daily weights, planks, push ups and burpees because.......I like the way I feel when it is over! Admittedly, I am not in bathing suit shape even now, but my jeans fit better and I can do a lot of burpees, hold an impressive plank, and do a few pushups these days.