Squatting lower recuits more muscles in your hamstrings, quads and glutes but did you know it can improve jump performance?
The deeper you squat, the higher and more powerful your jump will become, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning reports. “Parallel squats [thighs parallel with the floor] resulted in higher power generation compared with quarter squats,” says study author Theodoros Bampouras, M.Sc. In fact, he adds, “any activity that requires leg power, from going up stairs to running faster, will beneit.” So go down—way down—and come up big.
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