New season = new #goals!
There’s no better time than a change of the seasons to find ways to up your game and update your routine. Maybe you finally hit your split and you’re ready to move onto new conquests.
Got height? Let’s chat about getting more SPRING in your step. Here are three ways you can take your jumps to new heights this season!
1.) Start by strengthening your base.
When it comes to jumping higher, obviously strength is a key area to work on. If you think about the action of the jump, a proper jump starts with a deep plié and a powerful press off from the floor. Ever notice some people just have nice buoyancy in their jumps? While this partly depends on genetics, it is something you can train and create for yourself over time.
Try this: Take a theraband and wrap it around the ball of your foot and hold the band towards your torso in a seated position with your legs extended. Flex your foot and stretch your foot to a pointed position for 10-12 reps. Repeat 3x.
2.) Focus on alignment.
It is important to keep your alignment in check when practicing athletic jumps. One wrong landing can result in sprained ankles, broken bones or even ACL/MCL tears. Check in with your knees – are they pressing out over your toes? Are your knees falling inward? Healthy jumps start from a healthy plié, whether you are jumping from a turned out position or jazz first.
Try this: Stand facing the mirror with your feet parallel. Take a plié and notice the movement of your knees. Step out to second position parallel and repeat. Take note of your alignment. If your knees fall inward, repeat this exercise and focus on pressing your knees out slightly by activating this movement at the hip.
3.) Stabilize your core.
Core strength is EVERYTHING. When your core is engaged in a jump, it makes your movement more efficient. You may notice you aren’t running out of breath as quickly, too! A stable core helps hold your alignment while in motion.
Try this: We love these core exercises! Get in your core work daily and watch your jumps soar!