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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #156 Super Bowl Burpees
February 15, 2015
February 15, 2015
In this newsletter . . .
Super Bowl Burpees
Belly Fat and Summer Weather
Super Bowl BurpeesRecently, I wrote about Burpee exercise possibilities for seniors on my blog. Then a coincidence happened a few days later when I saw a video of a Super Bowl party where two young men agreed to a Burpee competition of sorts.
Both participants appeared to be in good shape. One young man was to do one Burpee for every completed passing yard by New England’s quarterback Tom Brady. The other participant would do one Burpee for every completed passing yard by Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson. The Burpees were the advanced kind that included a squat, legs thrust to the rear, a pushup, and then a jump at the end in each rep.
Besides lots of sweat and some pretty heavy breathing, there was of course hooting, cheering and commentary from their friends in the room. By the end of the football game the Brady representative, soaked with sweat, had completed 328 reps and the Wilson man had done 247. Together they may have shed more perspiration than many of the players on the field.
Big Super Bowl parties don’t appeal to me personally. When the game is on I don’t like distractions. But they were young guys and it looked like everyone was having a good time. And beer did not appear to be involved, except in the TV commercials, at least not with the two doing the Burpees anyway.
Burpees are a full-body exercise that challenges both the muscle and cardiovascular systems. They require no weights, no apparatus, and not much space in which to do them. They’ve been called the “no excuses exercise.”
But are they age-appropriate for seniors? The answer is yes, assuming that one has no underlying physical conditions prohibiting such vigorous exercise, and that they are approached incrementally. If you would like to try them, learn the age-appropriate gradual approach. Everything is explained and demonstrated here in a brief Burpee video. Please take a look: Burpees can be a part of your fitness arsenal, even if your repetitions don't reach into the hundreds.
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Belly Fat and Summer WeatherFat that accumulates around our bellies and internal organs poses a terrible health risk. Health-wise, our midsections are the worst place to carry excess fat. Most of us know this. Then there is the ugliness factor. With spring and summer on the way, who doesn’t want to look firm and fit in shorts and light summer clothing? Waistline excess is not part of the equation.
If you’re carrying extra pounds, now is the time to act. But you want to do it right. Don’t waste time trying to “spot reduce.” It doesn't work. In fact, spot reducing doesn’t exist, except in some advertising writer's imagination.
See Ab Exercise and a Trim Waistline for what works and what doesn’t. The second part of an assault on fat is Practical Nutrition. Don't ignore that part. Successful fat reduction programs must have those two components: Sensible exercise and practical nutrition.
It is February 15th. It's time to get serious. Start now and in a few short months you’ll look and feel great.
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