How To Master Your Jump Squat: 60 Seconds To Fit

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Did you set a resolution to move even more in the new year? Or, are you just looking to kick off a new fitness routine? Our video series, 60 Seconds To Fit, is here to help. Each one-minute clip breaks down a different exercise, showing you how to do it with perfect form. “In the beginning, you might perform the moves at a slower pace and for a shorter duration than you expected, and that’s okay,” explains celebrity trainer Suzanne Bowen. “Having good form means you’ll work the correct muscles — and help prevent injuries. It’s about cultivating strength and control,” she says.

Jump Squats
By combining strength training and cardio, this move builds lean muscle and helps burn fat.

Start with your feet about hip-width apart and your chest lifted. If you’re a beginner, lower into a squat with your weight in your heels; then, come up onto the balls of your feet. Keep lowering and lifting (carefully and with control) for one minute. Rest. Then, repeat for a total of three sets.

Once you’ve noticed progress over time, make the move more challenging: Lower into a squat and then, keeping your core tight, jump straight into the air instead of coming onto the balls of your feet. Land softly and repeat for one minute. That’s one set; do three total.