The Most Brutal Exercise on the Planet

I think jumping lunges are making a run at burpees for the most brutal exercise on the planet.

In today’s Best Body Boot Camp lower body tabata workout, Tina paired jumping lunges with a lunge/squat combination exercise with only 10 seconds of rest between the two. During the workout I was cursing Tina, but afterward I wanted to give her a hug because the workout was tough yet doable and 10 times more entertaining than a basic leg workout.

My fellow boot bampers, did that combination kill you or what!?

(If you’re a Best Body Boot Camp fan or have been wanting to try it out, rumor has it that one of the Healthy Holidays Giveaway Week giveaways just maaaay include three free entries into the next round of BBBC!)


When I arrived home from the gym, I made myself a strawberry banana protein smoothie for breakfast.

strawberry banana protein smoothie

In the mix:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 spoonful cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup honey Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop GNC vanilla cream protein powder
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

protein smoothie strawberry banana


See ya in a bit with an awesome giveaway! If you’re in the market for some new shoes and workout apparel, I think you’ll love today’s giveaway!

December Book Club

With 66 percent of the votes, the winning book for the PBF December Book Club is…

what alice forgot

What Alice Forgot!

We’ll be discussing this book on the blog on January 7. Happy reading!

Question of the Morning

  • What exercise do you think is the most brutal exercise on the planet?

While jumping lunges make me die a little inside, burpees still win the honor of the most horrific exercise in the whole wide world.


  1. says

    I agree about the jumping lunges – those are tough! I’d actually happily take burpees over jumping lunges. I think it’s partly to do with the fact that I feel like I’m going to trip over my feet due to my generally clumsy nature. I’m also afraid of box jumps – I’m still in awe of Ryan’s crazy high jump. How does he do it?!


  2. says

    ugh my legs were screaming and I was cursing Tina as well, but loved the burn! I despise working my legs so this was a great way to get a good workout and beat the boredom I usually experience doing mundane leg exercises! Yayy I am excited for What Alice Forgot!


  3. says

    Oh, I love jumping lunges! But jumps squats are killers. I didn’t do very well with the workout this morning.

    So excited that What Alice Forgot won! Get ready, because once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. I can’t wait to read your review.


  4. says

    I feel like I could do jump squats/lunges all day. Love ’em! Now Gorilla Squats?? 30 secs at most…. sometimes not even that much! Ouch!
    I am still perfecting the burpee so I know I take them too slow, but as I am getting better and faster with them I can totally see why they would qualify as the worst move ever!


  5. Jackie Vore says

    I would have to say hamstring ball curls are the worst for me! Coming from someone who is not super coordinated, this proves to be a very difficult exercise. But I am always glad I did them when it’s all over!


  6. says

    Lunges. Jumping lunges suck, but I hate them during my Bodyworks class because weighted & having to hunker down & hold & pulse w/a bunch of weight is pretty brutal too! Def not on my favs list! I’m sure burpees rank right up there w/them! Yikes.


  7. says

    I agree with jumping lunges. They hurt my knees if I do too many of them (and I inherited my mom’s knee problems, so I have to be EXTRA careful about it. :-( )

    I’ve never actually done a burpee before, so I don’t know if I’d hate it more or not, though.


  8. LeAnne says

    I’m not doing BBBC, but I did a workout this morning that incorporated a bunch of burpees, lunge jumps, pushup jacks, and squat jumps…ouch. I am convinced that burpees are the most brutal of them all though!!!


  9. Darrecia says

    Burpees for the win! I hate jumping lunges and jumping squats purely out of fear of messing up my knees, or already fragile hips. Tuck jumps are usually pretty brutal especially in an intense cardio circuit, but I usually enjoy the challenge a bit more.


  10. Kelly says

    Burpees are always the worst for me. Some day I bet that will need to change, but there are so many alternatives that I think I’ll stick with those!


  11. says

    wow jump lunges with lunges/squats sounds so tough! As many people have said, I have a love hate relationship with burpees. But I would say I hate rowing the most, it doesnt look hard, but its boring and hard!


  12. says

    Hi Julie!

    Have you ever used Gliding Discs before? I have a love/hate relationship with them. They make core and leg work SO tough but so rewarding at the same time!

    Aside from those, my vote goes to tricep dips and tuck jumps. Ow.


  13. says

    Haha jumping lunges are pretty rough but I don’t hate them! I actually started doing them during the workout this morning and found they were hurting my knees. Since I’m already injured I didn’t want to risk anything so I did burpees instead!


  14. says

    Well, this is terrifying. Haha. I do my Best Body Bootcamp workouts as soon as I get home after work. Maybe today would be a good day to stay late at the office 😉 Haha. I actually don’t hate burpees as much as I used to. I don’t usually do them 100%, though (eliminate the jump at the end), so maybe that’s why they’re not so brutal for me.


  15. amanda says

    Most definitely! That combination was brutal enough that I had trouble leaping between lunges. I even slightly tripped over my own feet at one point which made me feel like a total dork. Legs.Officially.Wiped.Out!


  16. JessicaR says

    Bulgarian split squats are horrific. I usually do them with 25 to 35lbs in each hand and hate every second! I even hate them unweighted.


  17. says

    For some reason I absolutely hate mountain climbers. Sometimes they don’t even feel as hard as other moves, but they just flat out annoy me. Therefore, I avoid them at all costs.


  18. says

    I just trained in Les Mills GRIT Series & I can pretty much say that combining burpees with jump squats onto a high bench is the worst. SO tough. Not to mention doing jumping lunges after doing a bunch of high jump work & squats. OUCH.

    Love a good smoothie. Mmmmm



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