Broad Jumps are a plyometric exercise that focuses on building explosive strength throughout the major muscle groups of your legs. They are typically used by athletes and those of us who are trying to burn a little extra for the summer!
According to FitnessBlender.com, doing broad jumps in quick succession is a great way to challenge cardiovascular endurance because it quickly pushes you to your anaerobic threshold – the level of exercise intensity where your workout becomes noticeably harder and will result in heavier breathing compared to when you first started the workout.
This plyometric move also burns lot of calories and is a great training tool to incorporate into your workout routine.
How to perform a Broad Jump:
- Stand with your feet slightly less than shoulder width apart.
- Bring your arms back and go into a quarter squat position. You should feel your glutes and hamstrings activate.
- Drive forward with your hips and arms, and jump as far forward as you can.
- As soon as you land, repeat the first two steps to engage your leg muscles, then leap forward. If you don’t have enough space you can turn around and go back in the other direction.
Give it a try during your next workout!