There are some exercises you just don’t see very often such as Tuck Jumps. That is because they are typically only done by track and field athletes. The exercise itself is not all that difficult at all but because it has a very sports specific benefit (it makes one faster and more explosive) you don’t see people doing them in most aerobics classes.
I remember after years of only lifting weights I decided to get into martial arts. As I began to learn the new movements it amazed me how I had almost forgotten some of the most basic skills…like jumping. So trust me when I say I’ve been there. No matter what your age you can re-learn to jump and to jump well.
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My advice when learning any new exercise is to start small and build it up to the full version of the movement. To start off doing Tuck Jumps begin by jumping only slightly. With each jump practice bringing your heels up again only slightly. As you begin to jump higher, bring your heels closer and closer to your butt with each jump. Eventually you will be jumping with sufficient height that you will be able to touch or almost touch your butt with your heels.
This movement is so dynamic it won’t take many repetitions before you are beginning to get exhausted. If you want to add this into your current exercise routine, do sets of no more than 10 reps until you get really good at them.
If you haven’t done much in the way of jumping exercises in some time you should start off slowly. Check out how to get into these plyometrics exercises safely here. You want to follow a progression of exercises that get you ready to jump. You also want to practice absorbing the landing. This is particularly important because it’s usually not the jumping that injures people…it’s the landing.