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Old 01-06-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
Andrew Perlot
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Movement Standard For Burpees

I've got a question regarding the official crossfit movement standards for burpees.

I believe they are:
  • Your Hips Must Reach An Open Position.
  • Your Hands Must Touch The Air Six Inches Above Where Your Fingers End When You Stand On The Ground With Your Hands Overhead.
  • Your Chest Must Touch The Ground.

However, is there anything in regards to the quality of the pushup you do?

For instance, can your pushup be a "knees pushup", with the knees touching the ground as you're coming up from your chest touching the ground?

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Old 01-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

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I've got a question regarding the official crossfit movement standards for burpees.

I believe they are:
  • Your Hips Must Reach An Open Position.
  • Your Hands Must Touch The Air Six Inches Above Where Your Fingers End When You Stand On The Ground With Your Hands Overhead.
  • Your Chest Must Touch The Ground.

However, is there anything in regards to the quality of the pushup you do?

For instance, can your pushup be a "knees pushup", with the knees touching the ground as you're coming up from your chest touching the ground?

Thanks.
Not positive but I think that in competition there is a ring or some other item suspended at the six-inch-reach point that you have to touch (not just "the air").

Other than that I think it's just what my first trainer used to say: "Get your a** on the ground, get your a** off the ground." I think you can even "walk" your way down and back rather than do the full squat-thrust/push-up move.

This is what we have always done for the Open, anyways...
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:05 PM   #3
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

Yeah, generic CF burpee standard is chest touches the ground, then jump up any height with hips open. No pushup standard. Ran into problems with people opening hips while not actually standing vertically.

CF Open ditched the hip open requirement and just said chest and hips touch ground, then touch 6" target. However you get from one place to the next is up to you.

Never been a strict pushup requirement. If you want to institute "strict burpees" in your workouts with a good squat, good pushup and good squat to finish, more power to you. You'll only run into problems if you want to have a competition.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:59 AM   #4
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

Personally, I hope they get away from the 6' standard and have a set height to touch. Much like they did with the muscle up rings. They used to be 6' above standing reach and now they are a set height.

You can argue functionality (if you have to climb over a wall, it will be the same height for a short person as it will for a tall person). But really, it would make our job as affiliate owners MUCH easier if burpees come up in the open again. Changing the target height 40 times is time consuming and not necessarily all that accurate (plenty of ways to 'cheat' the 6').
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:46 AM   #5
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

Brad,

That would kill us shorter dudes...not a fan of that!
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:01 AM   #6
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

^ I don't necessarily agree. If the height is say, 8 feet, it's not that high of a jump for someone 5'6 and someone 6'1 will still have to do a bit of a jump.

Plus, think of the difference in cycle time for so many other movements (jerks, deadlifts...). I feel it evens out in the end.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:04 AM   #7
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

I hear ya...but being that short guy I will just disagree as I don't want to jump any higher than I have to on those

I know this taller vs. shorter has been discussed often. I think in the end, it balances itself out but making something like a burpee height standard is not fair. Just my opinion...

If you really want to hear me whine, we can discuss someone 6ft tall and rangy doing wall balls vs. me
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:07 AM   #8
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

In local competitions, if there are burpees, it will probably be done with a jump onto a plate.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #9
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

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If the height is say, 8 feet, it's not that high of a jump for someone 5'6 and someone 6'1 will still have to do a bit of a jump.
Brad, I have plenty of >6' friends who would not need to jump at all to touch an 8' target; whereas, I am 5'4 and would probably have to jump about 18" to touch that target. We have one guy in our gym who is 6'9; he wouldn't even need to fully extend his arm.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:57 AM   #10
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Re: Movement Standard For Burpees

Chris, that's right - just like at the 2013 Regionals, where some people could pretty much do jumping muscle ups and others had to jump just to grab the rings. It would keep the standard the same across the board if they liked the idea of having the rings the same height for all competitors.
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