Hate Burpees? Try These 4 Combination Exercises

Hate Burpees? Try These 4 Combination Exercises

Ah, dreaded burpees — the exercise best-known for working your entire body, but not for actually being enjoyable. However, compound exercises like burpees have a lot of benefits that isolated exercises simply can’t match. A compound exercise forces your body to work multiple muscle groups at once, increasing your muscular coordination and overall strength while helping you to burn more calories, build more muscle, and increase your levels of health-promoting hormones.

Here are four awesome combination exercises that you can add into your workouts to help you get leaner, stronger and healthier — and none involve burpees!

When you think of squats, you may mostly think of a leg exercise. This may be true for bodyweight squats. However, when you add load to squats, they become incredibly powerful compound exercises that can help to work a lot of your body. Add in a good morning and a push press, and you practically have a compound exercise workout all on its own.

Much like the squat, the deadlift is a great part of a compound exercise workout. By itself, it already works a lot of different muscles, and it’s not hard to add in other exercises to it. As with the squat, make sure you do this movement properly, and protect your back.

Pull-ups are already pretty good compound exercises with their ability to work your grip, arms, back and abs. Add in a hanging knee raise, and you’ve got a killer workout.

First perform as many pull-ups as you can with good form.

Next, without dropping from the pull-up bar, follow up with knee raises and perform as many as you can with good form.

On the knee raises, to really get the focus on your abs instead of your hip flexors, bring your knees to 90 degrees, then pull your thighs upward closer to your chest.

Hold for a count of one, then lower to 90 degrees again.

Jump squats are a great way to work your legs explosively. If you do your jump squats under or near a pull-up bar or even a convenient tree limb, you can also get in a good arm workout by adding in a pull-up. Given that you’ll likely get some extra help with your pull-up from the jump, focus on the resistance phase to really build your arm strength.