The BURPEE is the bread and butter for every Spartan Racer! Every time the Spartans failed an obstacle, they are required to do 30 burpees! If not, they are disqualified from the race! So, if you want to join the Spartan Race, you need to be burpee proof!

Spartan Tip: Commit to do a minimum of 30 burpees per day! 

Burpee is a full body workout! It will burn fat, build endurance and works your entire body so hard that exhausted athletes have been known to stop mid-burpee workout and, be huffing and puffing, use what little breath they can muster to curse profusely. Like pushups and jumping jacks, the humble bodyweight exercise can be done virtually anywhere, at any interval, with absolutely no equipment necessary except a functioning cardiovascular system and a strong stomach.

Burpee was created by a physiologist by the name Royal Huddleston Burpee. Yes, Burpee was his last name. In his 1940 book, “Seven Quickly Administered Tests of Physical Activity,” Burpee wrote about a four-count move that could check the state of a person’s everyday fitness. The original exercise:

  1. Squat with both hands on the floor in front of you.
  2. Kick your feet back behind you, so you’re in plank position.
  3. Jump your feet forward again.
  4. Return to standing position.

The Original Burpee

After some period of time, the burpee evolved into a six-count torture device with two key additions: dropping to a pushup after the plank and finishing with a forceful jump up into the air, arms straight above your head. These two steps increase the difficulty of the workout! It will burn your legs more!

The Spartan Burpee is the following;

  1. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground.
  2. Kick your feet back and assume the front plank position.
  3.  Lower your chest to the ground and back up to complete push up.
  4. Return to the squat position in one quick motion.
  5. Jump vertically as high as possible.
  6. Back to step 1 until 30 Burpees!!

Let us look at a different perspective. What if I say there is no failure there are only burpees. It means if you encounter an obstacle, you choose either one! If you failed the obstacles, just drop and do the burpee!

However, there are also mandatory obstacles for Spartan Race. It means you MUST do it! Generally, the obstacles involved carries or crawls. If you fail any of these obstacles you need to restart the obstacle If you are not able to complete the obstacle, you must turn in your timing chip to a course marshal or official. Basically, you are disqualified from the race!

The Mandatory Obstacles are the following;

  • Bucket Brigade
  • Mud Crawl
  • Sandbag Carry
  • Log Carry
  • Swim
  • Spider Web
  • Farmers Carry
  • Jump Rope
  • Jerry Can Carry
  • Push Ups
  • Box Jumps

Spartan Tip: Take your time to complete it! If you`re in the Open category. Do not be afraid to seek help. If you are in the Elite category, you better train for it! You are an Elite Spartan for a reason right?

The Spartan Race post up a challenge! The 31-Burpee Challenge. I took up the challenge! I need at least 31 burpees a day for 31 days. I need to take a picture or short video and post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #31BurpeeChallenge. I post all my video on my Instagram account.

So Why 31? As anyone who’s run a Spartan race knows, if you can’t complete an obstacle, you get sent to the penalty box and must complete 30 burpees before moving on. Doing extra 1 burpee is better!  So, 31 Burpees! Check out my burpee video below!



Come and join The Spartan Race to embrace the adversity of life. A life without adversity is a life without growth. A life without growth is a life without meaning.



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