Hate doing burpees? Then try these 5 full-body exercises that are just as effective

We know that burpees are the ultimate fat-blasting workout. But what if it doesn’t float your boat? Here are some exercises that are just as good!
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Nikita Bhardwaj Published: 4 Sep 2020, 09:15 am IST
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We’ve always obsessed over burpees, because they are super effective when it comes to weight loss! But not everyone is a fan of burpees, right? Most people love to hate this exercise, and we can’t blame them! Plus if you keep doing the same routine over and over again, it gets monotonous and stagnation sets in. 

Even if you don’t like burpees, we can’t let you lose the weight loss game. That’s why we’ve dug out five weight loss exercises that will ensure you get a powerful workout no matter what!

1. Jumping squats
Only an HIIT can replace another HIIT, and that’s why jumping squats is our first pick! Just remember not to jump way too high because that can have a negative impact on your knees. Always be light on your toes, while landing. To shred fat fast, you must do at least 150 to 200 jumping squats every day.

2. Speed skater
Doing speed skaters is just like doing a dance move! It’s all about correct movement and posture, and engaging all your muscle groups at once! This high-intensity cardio exercise might just help you burn more calories than burpees. Make sure to do 5 to 6 rounds, 2-minute each is good enough.

3. Pike jumps
Start on all fours, and jump from side to side by just moving your lower body. This is what pike jumps is all about! Your arms, shoulders, chest, and core will stay engaged as you perform this exercise. Remember not to extend way beyond while jumping, since you might lose your grip and that can cause injury. Make sure to do 50 pike jumps on each side, and 5 rounds!

4. Mountain climbers
This simple move can help you burn calories at par with burpees. Just remember two things: one is speed and the other, movement. Try to bring your knees as close as you can to your chest for better results and high fat burn. Get into the groove and perform 200 mountain climbers on each leg and 4 sets to initiate weight loss!


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5. Kettlebell swing
Here’s another workout that can sculpt your entire body! This move will not just help you burn those extra calories, but will also tighten your upper body and thigh muscles. While doing the kettlebell swing, remember to swing your arms upwards, until they are straight. Taking them beyond your shoulder or overhead can wreck the movement. 50 swings with 5 kg kettlebell, and 5 sets are more than enough.

According to a 2019 study published in the Journal of Human Kinetics, you need to do burpees for at least 3 minutes to lose weight? But another 2019 study states that burpees are not the only ‘HIIT magic bullet’ for fat burn; there are many more, some of which we’ve already mentioned!

No more excuses, ladies! Get set to kick some ass with, or without burpees. 

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Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content. ...Read More

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