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The greatest potential for increasing power comes from training with a load that maximizes power. The jump squat is often used to develop lower body explosive power.
However, the optimal load used to maximize gains in power output have varied from low (0–20% 1RM) to high (30–90% 1RM) in literature.
A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research investigated different loads affected maximal power output in the jump squat.
Each jump squat was performed on a force plate so that peak power could be calculated. The following jump squat loads were based off of each participant’s 1RM squat performance:
Bodyweight jump squats (0% 1RM) appear to be the optimal load for maximizing power output in both adolescent and college-aged males. It is important to also include strength training with heavy loads into a power training program to ensure that power output is increased similarly across the entire loading spectrum.
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