Quote: "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." - John Andrew Holmes
The Jump Squat is an excellent bodyweight exercise for improving cardiovascular fitness and conditioning. If you want to tone your thighs, hamstrings, butt, drop that body fat, develop explosive power and cardiovascular conditioning, then the Jump Squat is the exercise for you.
All you just need your bodyweight and a small area to carry out this movement. You can also use this exercise as part of a circuit training regime. Depending on how fit you are, you can increase intensity by increasing the height you attain on the jump portion of the movement and taking short breaks between sets.
If you are just starting out, make sure you become competent at performing at least 50 body weight squats before you move onto the jump squat. If you have knee problems, check with your health professional before performing this exercise.
If you wish to make the exercise more challenging, use an exercise band or dumbbells to increase resistance.
Benefits of Jump Squats
There are many benefits to doing the Jump Squat. These are health related benefits and performance related benefits.
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How to do the Jump Squat
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