CHASING
THE BALANCE
From the gym to the park it's time to get sweaty.

WE SAY JUMP!

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
January 20, 2014
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Squat jumps!

Whether you’re looking to burn extra calories between weight sets, or you’re looking to up the ante on the regular squat – squat jumps rule!

Squat jumps fall under the category of Plyometrics. Plyometrics “is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in sports. Plyometric movements, in which a muscle is loaded and then contracted in rapid sequence, use the strength, elasticity and innervation of muscle and surrounding tissues to jump higher, run faster, throw farther, or hit harder, depending on the desired training goal.” Basically it involves explosive movements from a stationary position, and the results are pretty incredible.

We use squat jumps between sets at the gym to keep our heart rate up and keep ourselves burning fat throughout the entire workout. Try replacing your regular squats with squat jumps. Yes, people will be looking at you, but you’ll be having so much fun you won’t care….seriously, you’ll feel like a super hero taking off into the sky (we don’t recommend a cape, though, it might get caught underneath your sneaks).

SQUAT JUMPS

  • Start with feet shoulder width apart, hands on your waist.
  • Lower down to standard squat position. Knees over ankles, back straight.
  • Now JUMP up explosively, raising your arms into the air!
  • As you land, return to the standard squat position. Knees over ankles, back straight.

Repeat this 10 times…..you’re going to feel it. If you’re filling in your downtime between sets on the machines, do as many as you can within that 30 – 60 second rest period.

 

UP, UP and AWAY!

 

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