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How To Do Harder Squats; Jump Squats; Fitness Tips

Strengthen Your Legs and Core With This High-Intensity Bodyweight Exercise

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Some of the most effective exercises can be done without equipment and simply using your own bodyweight (to make it more challenging, you can add a mini loop resistance band around your thighs). While regular squats are great, squat jumps will instantly activate your legs muscles — you're definitely going to feel these in your quadriceps! Learn how to do them ahead.

How to Do Squat Jumps

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Start by doing a regular squat, engage your core, and jump up explosively.
  • When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Make sure you land with your entire foot on the ground. Be sure to land as quietly as possible, which requires control.
  • Do two to three sets of 10 reps.

Pro tip: make sure to use your whole foot to jump, not just your toes, and try not to let your shoulders lean out beyond your knees, as this can strain and injure your back.

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