Women should include depth jumps in their exercise routines! Depth jumps burn leg fat and help shape your butt, hips, thighs and calves. Build adequate body stabilization and strength before doing depth jumps and other jump exercises.
The depth jump is a plyometric exercise that will work your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calf muscles. You will improve your athleticism and speed.
If you play sports, the basic depth jump can be tailored to your specific sport. For example, basketball requires landing on one leg in many situations. So, you could progress from two-legged to one-legged depth jumps.
You should perfect jumping and landing techniques before doing depth jumps.
1. Stand on top of a plyo box or platform. A higher plyo box will improve your leg strength more and a lower plyo box will improve your speed more.
2. Step forward (don’t jump) off the plyo box and land on the balls of your feet. Don’t land on your toes or your heels or you could damage your knees.
You can do one depth jump at a time or repeating depth jumps. With repeating depth jumps, you would step off a plyo box and immediately jump up onto another plyo box. Repeating depth jumps are more applicable to real game action.
Use your arms to add to your speed by swinging them back before stepping off the platform and swinging them up as your feet hit the ground (ready to jump again). Keep your back in neutral alignment (not arched or rounded) and look staight ahead.
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