To those of you who have been to one of our RISE s (Arena of Real Change) in Buxton  in Macclesfield you’ll have seen that one of the things we do in every Group Personal Training session is add any member questions to our questions board.

We do this to make sure that our members know the answer to every little aspect of everything related to the journey they’re on.

We don’t want members to not know why they’re doing some things, or not know why something is what we say it is.

We want them to have all the information that they need to make this all as easy as possible.

A recent question on the questions board at the RISE  Buxton was “Why do we have to do burpees?”.

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For those of you that don’t know what a burpee is, it is a body-weight exercise which involves a person starting in a standing position, squatting down, placing hands either side of their feet, jumping their feet back so they’re in a press-up position, jumping their feet forward to back between their hands, and then standing up.

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The burpee is particularly renowned as being quite a challenging exercise.

If you’ve never done one before try a few now.

You’ll probably find the first one, or two, not too bad, but after you’ve done ten, or twenty, or more, you can clearly feel it.

So a member wanted to know “Why do we have to do burpees?”.

The simple answer to this is “You don’t”.

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Burpees are one of a number of exercises that we will put into group-personal training sessions, in order to try and deliver our clients maximal results.

But as with everything that we do as part of our “L.E.A.N. System”, nobody has to do anything.

If you’re a member and you don’t like burpees, or maybe they aggravate an injury, then just don’t do them.

If there’s any exercise in any session you don’t want to do, we’re not going to make you do it.

We’re not a boot camp, or a military fitness class where there is someone shouting at you, making you do more, making you go past the point where you won’t or don’t want to.


We’re there to encourage and motivate sure, but we also want members to enjoy the sessions that we’re doing with them.

To want to come back not just because of the fantastic results they achieve, but because they enjoy it so much.

So again, if you don’t want to do an exercise, don’t do it.

Because there’s always a qualified personal trainer in every session, they can always give you an appropriate alternative exercise to do instead.

One that hopefully you’ll prefer doing.

If you just want to take an extra rest, that’s fine.

If you want to take 30 seconds, a minute, or even 10 minutes to have a rest, that’s not a problem.

If you want to step out of a session and get a drink, feel free.

Everyone is there at the session to work at their own level.

Everyone should enjoy each and every session they do with us.

So the answer to the question “Why do we have to do burpees?” is “You don’t”.

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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.