In order to improve your jumps, start by working to improve your body position. Then add some plyometric and lower-body strength exercises to your workouts to work on improving the height you can jump. You can download the 10 Minute Jump Workout at the top of the article as a guide.
Bend your knees and jump into the air as high as you can, tucking your knees up to your chest. Land on both feet, then spring into the air again. Keep jumping continuously for 30 seconds. Scissor jumps: Starting in parallel, jump and split your legs with one foot moving forward and one moving backward.
Lie with your back on mat. Raise your feet up so your back and feet are at a 90-degree angle. Extend your arms out towards your shins. Crunch your abs and reach up to touch your toes then return to starting position.
Ankle weights are a great drill “assistant” as well. Simply put some light ankle weights on and do a few sets of jumps. In no time, you'll see serious improvement in the overall performance of your jumps, and you'll build muscle, too! Added bonus!
Sit with your legs straight and spread apart as far as comfortably possible. Slowly reach toward one foot with both hands until you feel a gentle stretch along the back of your leg and in your lower back. Hold the stretch at a point of mild discomfort for 30 seconds.
Toe-Touch In this jump, the legs are straddled and straight, parallel to the ground, toes pointed, knees are back, and the arms in a T motion. Despite its name, you do not touch your toes during a toe touch, you reach out farther in front of your legs.
Jeté – A jeté is any jump or leap taking off from one foot and landing on the other. Assemblé – An assemblé is a jump from one foot landing simultaneously on two feet. Sissonne – A sissonne is a jump from two feet and landing on one foot.
Push off the ground with your second, or back leg, once the leading leg is in the air at 90 degrees. Both legs should help with the lift; the front leg pulls you forward and the back leg pushes to assist.
Nervous system responses: There are receptors in your joints, muscles, tendons and skin that relay information about how much these various tissues are stretching, and your body reacts accordingly. Age: Flexibility tends to diminish with age. Sex: Women tend to be more flexible than men.