Talk:Burpee (exercise)

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This thing is not called a Burpee[edit]

The current name of the article ("Burpee", as of September 2009) is not the common name for these. I did them for various sporting activities in my younger years, and I don't remember the name right now, but no establishment where I trained ever used this name. If someone knows the common name for these, please rename this article. Gronky (talk) 00:23, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

I've never heard it called anything else. Crossfit calls it a burpee, as does the US Army. YMMV 68.221.199.193 (talk) 12:43, 21 October 2009 (UTC)
It's definitely a burpee in contemporary UK parlance. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 19:35, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
I've normally heard it called a "jumping bastard". Is this a common term? (Possibly of military origin, as I learnt it from my martial arts instructor, who was a former soldier) Wardog (talk) 11:40, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
Also have been called a "bodybuilder" in recent years before the Crossfit fad found its place — Preceding unsigned comment added by 132.3.25.68 (talk) 09:13, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Name origin[edit]

The OED states the following:

The name of Dr. Royal H. Burpee (b. 1897), U.S. psychologist and service organization director. A physical exercise consisting of a squat thrust performed from and completed in a standing position. Usu. in pl. Orig. in Burpee test, a test devised by Burpee to measure agility and muscular co-ordination, in which the subject executes a series of burpees in rapid succession.

There is no "probably" or "possibly" in that explanation, and the OED is a pretty reliable source for word origins. Considering the present explanation in the article seems to come from some random message board and is full of "could have"s and "may have"s, I'm replacing the uncited origins with the OED's explanation. (The book A History of the Town of New London, Merrimack County, New Hampshire can be read online. It mentions nothing about any specific "martial exercise" that Thomas Burpee might have used or invented.) --76.28.236.209 (talk) 20:41, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

I am the grandaughter of Royal H. Burpee, and I own the only existing copy of his PhD thesis which details how and why he created the movement as he did. He earned his PhD from Columbia in 1940 and the US Armed Services adopted his exercise test as a way to assess the fitness level of recruits during WWII. It was originally called a "four-count Burpee" and later came to be called it a squat thrust. Thomas Burpee had nothing to do with the creation of this exercise test. -- Sheryl Burpee Dluginski, Generations Fitness, Inc. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Generations2364 (talkcontribs) 19:31, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

Squat thrust[edit]

Add link to squat thrusts - I'm too lazy and unskilled. We call these squat thrusts (I jump when I do them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.193.135.139 (talk) 02:12, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Push up or not[edit]

The 3rd step says "Kick your feet back while lowering yourself without a pushup" (note the without) But in the harder variants below, there are mentions of a regular push-up or a second push-up. I have heard of them with a push-up, but not 100% sure to go change it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.229.193.153 (talk) 00:57, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

The demonstration video does not match the description of how to do a Burpee. The current revision states that step two results in a plank position with arms bent (bottom position of a push-up), while the video shows step two to be a plank position with arms extended (top position of a push-up). I'm not sure which is officially correct, but the two should be consistent. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 216.171.129.225 (talk) 21:09, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

who cares if you clap?[edit]

"(you may not clap your hands above your head at the peak of your jump)." Why the hell not? What difference does it make? 72.229.49.158 (talk) 20:41, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

Clapping may draw the attention of others. This is not a good idea when doing this exercise. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 140.226.190.83 (talk) 02:13, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Squat thrust redirect[edit]

I have made the page "Squat thrust" redirect to this page, as it was already explicitly stated in both articles that they are the same thing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Philpill691 (talkcontribs) 22:18, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

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