This exercise provided courtesy of Mike Clausen, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body training gym, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
Plyometric jump squats give many of the same benefits of standard squats—full-body strength training, core stabilization, and tendon and ligaments strengthening—plus the added benefits of balance, coordination, and explosive power training. Build your explosive power and you'll be able to sprint faster, jump higher, and perform better in all athletic endeavors that require quick, explosive motion.
Legs, Entire Body
Stand on the floor with your arms up at the sides of your head with elbows bent, your hands gently cupping the sides of your head, and your feet shoulder-width apart. Position your feet so that your toes are pointed straight ahead (see Photo 1).
- From the starting position, slowly lower down to a fully squatted position, pulling your weight down through your leg muscles as you descend. Keep your weight back on your heels as you go down. Push your chest out very slightly in front of you to counterbalance the heavy load on your heels (see Photo 2).
- When you have reached the depth of the squat, reverse motion and jump up into the air as high as you possibly can (see Photos 3 and 4).
- When you land from your jump, go immediately into your next squat (see Photo 5).