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.
Yeah that's power training, a lot of athletes put a weight on that is 30-60% of their max and perform jump squats. I wouldn't do 20 in a set, I'd recommend 5-6 because it is power training and you don't want bad form when you're doing it. I'd do a period of heavy slow squats before doing them to ensure your body can handle the stress but you'll still get benefits without doing that. They'll help increase your rate of force development so go for it I'd say.