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The Third Annual Royal Burpee Challenge Starts Saturday!

Think you’re tough? Are you 6,903 burpees in 117 days tough?

CrossFit Advanced in Easton, Pa. is hosting the third annual Royal Burpee challenge to celebrate the Easton man who gave the exercise his name: Royal Huddleston Burpee.

This year the challenge begins on Feb. 8 and culminates 117 days later on June 4, which would have marked Royal Burpee’s 117th birthday. The challenge, now in its third year, began in 2012 with 115 days of burpees to celebrate Royal Burpee’s 115th birthday.

“Burpees are an exercise that people love to hate,” said Greg Tymon, owner of CrossFit Advanced in Easton, Pa. and Primed Fitness in Frederick, Md. “It’s an exercise that is simple, and requires no equipment. Anyone can do them and you don’t even need a lot of space. String a bunch of them together, and it’s a perfect indoor workout. It requires strength, agility and stamina.”

A burpee is an intense exercise that combines a squat, a push-up and jump, and is popular among CrossFit gyms, football coaches and military training.

The challenge starts with a single burpee on Feb. 8. For the next 116 days, participants will add a burpee to their daily challenge doing two burpees on the second day of the challenge and three burpees on the third day and so on until they do 117 burpees on June 4. Athletes will do their burpees wherever they are. In addition to a strong presence in the United States, the challenge has gone international with athletes from Brunei to Zurich.

If an athlete fails to complete that day’s required burpees, they must complete the burpees owed the following day before moving on the challenge. An athlete who successfully completes the challenge will have done 6,903 burpees.

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge, and the group boasts members from all over the world. There are no fees to join. Participants are encouraged to join the Royal Burpee Challenge Facebook page to cheer on and support their fellow burpee challengers.

About Royal Burpee:

In the 1930s, Royal H. Burpee created test that used burpees to measure agility and coordination for the U.S. military. The test was included in his book, “Seven Quickly Administered Tests of Physical Activity.”

Royal Burpee (1898-1987), a World War I veteran, served as the overseas program director for the United Service Organization (USO) during World War II.Between the wars, he earned a doctorate in physiology from Columbia University.

A lifelong advocate of physical fitness, Burpee was also the executive director of Bronx-Union Branch of the New York City Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) from 1946 to 1964. He continued to be involved with the Greater New York YMCA until his death in 1987 in Easton, Pa., home of CrossFit Advanced.

It’s not clear whether Burpee invented the exercise, or just made it famous with his test.

For more information, visit: www.royalburpeechallenge.com

Athletes from Always Forward Crossfit, Granville, OH, proudly display the Royal Burpee Challenge shirts they earned last year.

Athletes from Always Forward Crossfit, Granville, OH, proudly display the Royal Burpee Challenge shirts they earned last year.

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