vertical jump training

Lightened Squat

Best Use For Improving Vertical Jump

Lightened squats are an excellent way to develop rate of force development (RFD) and general maximum strength. The accommodating assistance of the bands provide plenty of help at the bottom where you most need it, with that help decreasing as you come up into the lift.

This forces you to really explode all the way through the rep as well as allowing you to use greater loads to further develop strength in the ranges used for jumping.

Technique Tips

Lightened squats are a great way for jumping athletes to train for strength. You can add a bit more weight to the bar which allows a higher intensity training stimulus to be used without compromising athlete safety.

To perform the lift just squat as you would normally except you attach one end of some bands to the top of a power rack and the other end you loop over the bar. Simple but effective.

Alternative Exercises

Some good alternatives to the lightened squat are

Back Squat

Lightened Concentric Squat

Lightened Box Squat



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