5 Exercises to Try If You Hate Burpees, Recommended By Expert

Squat Thrust

“Sometimes the act of the burpee on the floor is just too much and needs to be practiced with some of our bodyweight taken out of the equation,” says Summers. The squat thrust takes the lowering portion out of the move, and it’s easier to hop back up from this more elevated position. You’re still working on explosive power, cardio, and both core and lower-body strength.

  • Stand with your feet feet hip-width apart, core engaged, and hands at your sides.
  • Squat and place your hands on the floor so that they’re about shoulder-width apart.
  • Jump your feet back to come into a high plank position.
  • Jump your feet back in toward your hands, and stand. Squeeze your core and glutes to keep them engaged throughout.

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