burpees Muscles Worked

Burpees are a cardiovascular exercise that work the entire body. They combine a squat, a plank, and a jump so they’re challenging. However, they’re great practice for getting up off the floor and for quick transitions from one position to the next.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Burpees

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles

Quads Calves Glutes Hamstrings Abs

Secondary Muscles

Shoulders Triceps Chest

How to do Burpees

Begin standing with the feet hip distance apart and arms at your side.

Quickly assume a high plank position on your hands and feet with your spine in a straight line from head-to-toe.

Then, quickly hop your feet underneath you and assume the bottom of a squat position with your hands in front of your shoulders with the palms facing forward.

Next, jump straight up as high as you can while reaching both arms overhead.

Once you land back down onto your feet, repeat the combination. Repeat for the desired repetitions.


Animation of how to do Burpees