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Burpee? | Mission Blog

By Ev Eric

So, all these years I've been doing Burpee's and never bothered to slake my curiosity as to why on earth it's called a Burpee. Does it make you burp?

It turns out that it's named after an American psychologist named Royal H. Burpee, which is a fitting name considering most people regard the exercise as a royal pain!

It was originally called the Burpee Test where many of these exercises were performed in succession in order to test coordination and agility.

So... now you know

Source: Oxford English Dictionary 2-27-2013

Marine Burpee

Image: U.S. Embassy, Tokyo

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