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Weighted Jump Squats are best used for developing explosive strength. They are one of the best overall jumping exercises you can do.
These are a fairly straigth forward exercise to do. Once you have a suitable load selected, put it on, then simply squat down to the bottom position then explode back up into the jump. Land and repeat. When selecting an appropriate load it is important to remember that we are using it to develop our vertical jump not our maximal leg strength. As such the load should be heavy enough to be a challenge but light enough to not impact the speed of the movement too much. In the video we use a sandbag which is an excellent choice, but you can also use dumbells, medicine balls, weight vests, or barbells.
Some good alternatives to weighted jump squats are:
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