Originally Posted by Speechless
What do you guys think about jumping squats?
I know it sounds dangerous (if you do it with a barbell), but I actually have been doing them recently with a 40 lb water bag on my shoulders. It's not very heavy, but the jump actually adds a great degree of resistance. I do about 20 and it adds some nice challenge and variety to my regular core & legs strength training.
I'm sure there's some benefit, but since I made it up and am not an expert - I was just wondering if the benefits were better/worse/similar to doing slow heavy squats.
Weighted jumps are perfectly fine as long as the weight isn't too heavy.
Contrast training is very good, somewhat heavy squats into vertical jumps for example. 3 reps squats with 70-80% of 1rm (I think in that range anyway) then the jumps. Idea is the weights "excite" the nervous system which in turn increases jump height.