Jump squats a.k.a. jumping squats, are a great way to increase your vertical jump because they are very
They are a form of a loaded jump (or resisted jumps).
Unfortunately, most athletes fail to do them correctly, and end up with injuries.
This is because they use too much weight while doing the exercise.
So, what is the right weight for loaded jumping?
The best way to determine the weight is to look at it in terms of a percentage of your maximum squat.
A good starting point is to use 10-15% of your maximum squat, and then gradually increase the weight to 25-30%.
This is because the main reason behind loaded jumps is SPEED of movement and not the amount of weight used.
There are many ways to do jump squats.
You can use barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, or weight vests.
REMEMBER: Focus on speed and rhythm. You only need to jump a few inches off the ground with each jump.
Here’s a video showing you how to jump higher by doing jump squats with a barbell:
If you want a complete program to take your vertical jump to the next level, get the Jump Manual.