We’ve all been there. You are sweating and in the middle of a workout when suddenly a term gets called out that you’ve never heard of before. You either attempt to guess what it means, which is near impossible with these weird and wacky exercise names, or you have to ask someone for help! Our blog post today aims to help you understand how to perform these exercises and why they are named as they are, so you are ready to spring into position next time! Today we explore the Plank, Burpees and the Russian Twist.
The plank is a core strengthening exercise. The aim is to hold your head, back and legs in a straight plank position completely parallel to the ground. To get into position you are required to lie flat on the floor facing the ground. Bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your body on your forearms. Lift your legs onto your tiptoes and hold this position for as long as possible. To start, you should aim for 30-second intervals and repeat.
The burpee gets its name from its creator, a physician based in New York called Royal Huddleston Burpee. He would ask his patients to complete just a few of these exercises as part of a fitness test and he used these exercises to measure the fitness of everyday patients. Nowadays, burpees are used as part of everyday exercise routines and are an incredible all body exercise, requiring full body movement.
A burpee involves a squat, a jump into the air and a plank position!!
Interesting fact: The current world record holder has completed over 10,000 burpees in 24 hours.
3. Russian Twist
Interesting fact: The origin of the name is not certain but it is said to have been an exercise that the Russians devised during the Cold War!