Burpees are one of the best ways for kids to get fit for youth sports. They are a great conditioning exercise for all ages and abilities of kids. It’s funny though, I see few soccer, football or baseball teams doing them. And I never see middle school PE teachers doing them (or having their students do them).
I used to have my swim team do them and I thought they were a great dry-land exercise. They worked a lot of core strength, explosive jumping and I could even have them work on their streamlines on the jump. Burpees are a very efficient and effective exercise.
But they can get a bit boring. So to keep things moving and to keep the kids engaged in what they are doing throw in some different types of them. Besides the mental benefits, it will work different parts of the body.
And whatever the sport your coaching, they can be adapted to be more specific for your sport. For instance:
Here are some variations to try. All start from a standing position.
There are tons of others. I have about ten more that I think are very worthwhile. But be creative and experiment. You can use them every day but don’t do too many or go till the kids are exhausted.
As with all conditioning drills, keep it fun, light and challenging.
Here is one web site that shows some videos and images of burpees.
And here is one more burpee site. She’s pretty good at them!
Best of luck and let me know how it goes!