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10 silly mistakes that you might be committing while doing jumping squats

Published on:17 February 2021, 16:27pm IST
Stop torturing your leg muscles by making these common mistakes, especially while doing jumping squats.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Jumping squats work well to stay in shape. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

To be honest, leg exercises work wonderfully well to keep yourself in shape. And when it comes to leg days, you can’t shy away from squats. There are multiple variations of a squat, out of which the most loved is jumping squats. You know why? That’s because it serves a dual purpose. It not just helps you build muscle endurance, but it also helps in weight loss.

It’s the perfect HIIT you can opt for.

But we tend to take jumping squats way too lightly, because they look so easy to perform. And this is where we go wrong! We end up making so many mistakes while doing a jumping squat that instead of the exercise helping us get a perfectly toned body, it gives us nothing but pain, soreness, and knocked knees.

That’s why today we want to bring to light all the silly mistakes that you’ve been making, while practicing jumping squats. This way, you can get the best results! 

Here are 10 most common mistakes you might be doing, while performing jumping squats:
1. Not maintaining adequate hip distance

Always remember to keep adequate hip width distance between your legs. This will help you develop better grip, when you will land on the floor.

2. Not engaging your core

Do you know that if you engage your core, then jumping squats can show some results there too? So, the next time you do jumping squats, don’t forget to keep your core engaged.

3. Not breathing properly

If you get tired just after a few jumps, that means you lack stamina. The only way to overcome that is to inhale and exhale properly. Inhale, while you take a jump, and exhale while you land and squat. This will make all the difference!

4. You might be landing on your sole

You are simply torturing your muscles by landing on the floor with your sole. In fact, your knees are going to cry out loud, if you don’t change this habit. The best way to land is by keeping your toe first, followed by your ankle, after which you go into a squat position. This will put less impact on your knees.

5. You might be overdoing them

Doing exercises more than the required limit will only increase the chances of injury, and you will get muscle fatigue as well. If you are doing jumping squats, then 25 reps and five sets are good enough for you.

6. The surface on which you are doing the jumping squats is not right

Just ensure that the surface on which you are performing jumping squats is neither hard nor slippery. This can lead to severe injury and muscle spasm. See if you can find a place, where there is some kind of cushioning.

7. You might be adding extra weight

Jumping squats do not require any extra weight. So, avoid that completely.

8. You might not be doing a proper warm-up before starting the exercise

A proper warm-up is a must, before doing any kind of exercise. And because we do not train our legs often, that’s why they need maximum warming up. So, devote at least 15 minutes in warming up your leg muscles to avoid any injury.

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Don’t make the mistake of ignoring muscle cramps. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
9. You might be jumping way too high

If you think that the higher you jump, the better results you will get, then you are sadly mistaken. You just have to do a normal jump because the essence of this squat lies, when you go down.

10. Not keeping your back straight

When you jump and then go into a squat – at every point, your back has to be straight. If not, then be ready for some lower back issues.

So ladies, just follow the rule book to the T, and be ready to get in shape with jumping squats.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.