Beach drop squats are a great exercise for a number of reasons. First, this exercise helps to strengthen the muscles of the lower body, thereby making them more toned and increasing your agility. Secondly, this exercise is an impact exercise, and therefore helps to increase your body density. This is especially important for women, as a decrease in bone density can lead to several dangerous conditions. Finally, when performed quickly, this exercise can strengthen your cardiovascular system.
About Beach Drop Squats
Beach drop squats are a great exercise for experienced athletes who are interested in gaining more strength in their lower body. This exercise contains a relatively high amount of impact, and therefore should not be attempted by individuals who have experienced or been diagnosed with injuries to the knees or hips. You may want to consult with a sports medicine doctor before attempting the exercise to determine whether or not your are healthy enough to attempt this challenging exercise.
Positioning Your Body
Before performing any type of new strength training exercise, it is important to position your body properly in order to achieve optimal results. In all actuality, however, there is not really a whole lot of preparation that needs to be done with this exercise. Start by clearing an area of all dumbbells or other types of strength training equipment that could possibly cause injury. Stand tall in the center of the cleared space, with your feet facing forward and spaced approximately one foot apart. Ideally, you head should be over your shoulders, your shoulders over your hips, your hips over your knees, and your knees over your feet.
Performing Beach Drop Squats
Now it is time to actually perform the exercise. Start by taking a few deep breath. As you inhale your breath, slowly bend your knees. Stick your rear end out behind you, as if you were sitting down in the chair. You should now be in a crouched position. As you exhale your breath, use the muscles in your lower body to straighten your legs and jump explosively into the air. Inhale your breath as you land, trying to touch the ground as lightly as possible.
As soon as you touch the ground, drop back into the crouching position, and again jump into the sky. Do at least ten repetitions before taking a short break. Perform at least two sets of ten repetitions of the beach drop squats in order to achieve optimal results.
Increasing the Intensity of Beach Drop Squats
As discussed above, this is a relatively challenging exercise, and therefore may take you quite awhile to master. Once it starts to become easier, try increasing the speed at which you perform the exercise. This gives the muscles in your legs less time to recover, and therefore will require them to work faster. You'll be surprised at how this small change can really intensify your workout.