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Total-Body Workouts for Women

Fitness Quest: Learn to Love Burpees in 30 Days

Learn to love this notoriously tough exercise with coach Angela Gargano.

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Burpees are easily one of the most hated exercises among fitness aficionados because they truly put your body through a mental and physical test. But what if we told you that you could learn to love them? That’s right — not just tolerate, but love them!

When it comes down to it, we tend to dislike the movements we aren’t so great at, and burpees are a complicated move. For these 30 days, we’ll continue to build up your strength and endurance so that you can breeze through burpees and truly grow to love them.

Get the lowdown from your coach, American Ninja Warrior athlete and Oxygen cover star Angela Gargano, in the video below. Then, follow the plan to max out your burpee potential in 30 days.

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Day 1
Max Burpees 1min
Day 2
10 Jumps
30-sec Plank
5 Plank Jump Throughs
5 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 3
10 Jumps
30-sec Plank
5 Plank Jump Throughs
5 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 4
10 Jumps
30-sec Plank
5 Plank Jump Throughs
5 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 5
10 Jumps
30-sec Plank
5 Plank Jump Throughs
5 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 6
15 Jumps
45-sec Plank
8 Plank Jump Throughs
8 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 7
15 Jumps
45-sec Plank
8 Plank Jump Throughs
8 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 8
15 Jumps
45-sec Plank
8 Plank Jump Throughs
8 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 9
15 Jumps
45-sec Plank
8 Plank Jump Throughs
8 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 10
15 Jumps
45-sec Plank
8 Plank Jump Throughs
8 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 11
20 Jumps
60-sec Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 12
20 Jumps
60-sec Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 13
20 Jumps
60-sec Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 14
Rest
Day 15
Max burpees in 1 minute
Day 16
30 Jumps
1:15 Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 17
30 Jumps
1:15 Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 18
30 Jumps
1:15 Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 19
30 Jumps
1:15 Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 20
30 Jumps
1:15 Plank
15 Plank Jump Throughs
15 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 21
35 Jumps
1:30 Plank
20 Plank Jump Throughs
20 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 22
35 Jumps
1:30 Plank
20 Plank Jump Throughs
20 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 23
35 Jumps
1:30 Plank
20 Plank Jump Throughs
20 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 24
35 Jumps
1:30 Plank
20 Plank Jump Throughs
20 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 25
35 Jumps
1:30 Plank
20 Plank Jump Throughs
20 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 26
40 Jumps
2-min Plank
25 Plank Jump Throughs
25 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 27
40 Jumps
2-min Plank
25 Plank Jump Throughs
25 Burpees
Repeat x 2
Day 28
Rest
Day 29
Rest
Day 30
Max burpees in 1 minute

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Level up your burpees by adding a tuck jump, doubling your push-ups in between or even making them a traveling burpee.

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