The tuck jump exercise ranks near the top of the list for developing explosive power using only an athlete's body weight. It can be done as a single exercise or as a combination that includes other movements before and/or after the jump.
How To Do Tuck Jumps
- This exercise is an advanced dynamic power move that should be done only after a complete warm up.
- Stand with feet shoulder width and knees slightly bend
- Bend your knees and descend to a full squat position.
- At the bottom of the squat, powerfully explode straight up bringing your knees toward your chest while in midair.
- Grasp your knees quickly with your arms
- At the top of the jump your thighs should touch your torso.
- Release your legs, control your landing and descend into the squat again for another explosive jump.
- Upon landing immediately repeat the next jump.
- Avoid doing these drills on concrete and use a soft, flat landing surface until you are comfortable with the exercise.
- Use these drills no more than once per week to avoid overuse or excessive impact on your joints.