Jumpsoles Exercises

Jumpsoles are a type of training equipment that athletes use to develop their ability to jump higher. Jumping height can be an important physical attribute for many sports, such as basketball, starting with the tip-off, when the ball is tossed upward and the opposing players jump up to tip the ball to a teammate. Jumpsoles are attachments to normal training shoes, such as gym shoes, and help athletes give jumping muscles a more vigorous workout.

Squat Lunges

In a squat lunge, step forward with one foot and drop the knee for the other leg to within a few inches of the ground. The knee for the leading or stepping leg should remain behind the toe so that the calf muscles are exercised. Return to a standing position and repeat the exercise by stepping with the other foot. This exercise can be repeated while you carry weights to give your muscles a more extensive workout.

Step-Ups

A platform, such as a high curb or a bench seat in the gym stands, is used for the step-up exercise. To perform this exercise, stand in front of the platform, which should be about 12 to 18 inches above the ground. Step onto the platform, standing on one leg. A good workout is 10 to 15 steps. The exercise is then repeated for the opposite leg.

Barrier Hops

The barrier in this exercise can be anything that can be jumped over, such as traffic cones. To perform this exercise, you need to stand beside the barrier and jump sideways over the barrier, landing on the other side. Jump back over to the original side. As you jump over the barrier, your head should be held as stationary as possible, your toes should be pointing down and your legs should be straightened out as much as possible.

Skipping

This exercise is performed by using a skipping motion to travel forward across the exercise area. During each skip, you should jump as high as possible and your knees should be raised. You should attempt to achieve maximum height with each skip and not worry about forward speed for this exercise.

Bounding

During this exercise, you jump with both legs, leaping as high as possible and ahead as far as possible, landing on both feet. Your knees should be kept bent to absorb the shock of landing. This exercise should be performed as quickly as possible to train the jumping muscles.

About this Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for 20 years and has a Master of Arts from UNC-Greensboro. He authored the book The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting, which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are co-authors of the Free College Resource Book.