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The Barbell Burpee Is Your Next Favorite Exercise

Men's Health logo Men's Health 1 day ago Brett Williams
a tattoo on his feet: Your next favorite exercise is the barbell burpee, a difficult mashup of the deadlift and burpee that you can try for full body strength and conditioning. © svetikd - Getty Images Your next favorite exercise is the barbell burpee, a difficult mashup of the deadlift and burpee that you can try for full body strength and conditioning.

The classic barbell deadlift is a gold-standard exercise for building critical strength and muscle in your glutes and back. And the old-school burpee is a calorie-crushing powerhouse, guaranteed to redline your heart rate in a matter of minutes.

Combine them and you get the barbell burpee, an all-in-one move that’s perfect for fat blasting and muscle mayhem on a tight schedule. “You’re hitting all three key functions,” says MH fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. “You’re building leg strength and pulling strength with the deadlift. Then you’re building push strength—and chest power—during the pushup. Nothing is left out here.”

Try it in an every-minute-on-the-minute (EMOM) structure. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Do 1 rep, then rest for the remainder of the first minute. Do 2 reps the second minute, then rest. Keep adding a rep on every minute. You’ll do 55 reps (and burn plenty of calories) before time’s up.

What You'll Gain

  • All-day fat burn
  • Strong glutes
  • Total-body muscle

1. Start Strong

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Stand with feet at shoulder width. Bend your knees and push your butt back, lowering your torso until you can grasp the bar. Tighten your core. This is the starting position.

2. Lift Off

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Drive your feet into the floor and stand. Squeeze your glutes at the top. Keeping the bar close to your shins, lower it to the floor with control.

3. Kick Out

Without changing your grip, jump your legs back and into pushup position. Keep your elbows close to your sides and lower your chest to the bar.

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4. Hit Reset

Press away from the bar and jump your feet forward so your shins are near the bar. Brace your core tightly and push your butt back, readying for another deadlift. That’s 1 rep.

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