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Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Drop Jumps

Here’s a simple exercise to increase power in your legs.
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Here’s one of our favorite all-season exercises: the minimalist Drop Jumps. All you need is two (sturdy) benches or chairs that are slightly taller than your knees. (Yes, a fitness box is best, but still…) Here, Ernie Reimer, USSA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and U.S. Ski Team alpine athlete Hailey Duke take you through a step-by-step introduction to Drop Jumps. This simple and easy exercise develops power and explosiveness in your legs, which is key to expert all-mountain skiing.

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How To: Drop Jumps

This is a great exercise for developing power, which forces the athlete to overcome significant amounts of eccentric forces, while reducing the total number of ground impacts. Do three sets of five jumps for maximum benefit.