The vertical jump, also known as the countermovement jump, is a plyometric training exercise that uses your bodyweight to activate muscle groups across your body. Perform vertical jumps by bending your hips, knees, and ankles until you lower to a [quarter-squat](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/quarter-squats-guide) position. Push into the ground and lift your body with an explosive movement. Use an arm swing movement to engage your upper body. While keeping your core engaged, land softly on the balls of your feet. Repeat this movement for the desired number of repetitions. Once you’ve practiced standard vertical jumps, consider trying other jumping variations like [box jumps](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/box-jumps-guide), depth jumps, drop jumps, and squat jumps.\n\nIncluding vertical jumps in your strength-training program can have several benefits.\n\n1. __Vertical jumps increase leg strength and explosive power__. By activating your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and calves, the vertical jump can increase your leg power and allow you to jump higher with practice.\n2. __Vertical jumps can improve your athletic performance__. If you’re a volleyball or basketball player, vertical jump training can improve your sports performance and jumping ability.\n3. __Vertical jumps can improve your weightlifting form__. Vertical jumping can improve your lower body explosiveness during weightlifting exercises like the power snatch.\n4. __Vertical jumps can improve your cardiovascular health__. You can program your plyometric exercises into high-intensity interval training by performing several repetitions with set intervals, increasing your cardio fitness over time.\nAlthough you can use a digital vertical jump tester, there is a simple way to measure your vertical jump height. Begin by standing next to a wall with a piece of tape on your fingertips. Place the tape on the wall to measure your standing reach height, which will act as your baseline. With another piece of tape on your fingertips, perform a vertical jump, placing the tape on the wall as high as you can. Use measuring tape to measure the distance between the two pieces of tape.\nFor vertical jumps, begin by performing 2–4 sets of 1–5 repetitions. Choose your sets and repetitions based on your ability to maintain good technique throughout each set.\n\n1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and a slight bend in your knees. Your shoulders should be directly over your hips with a neutral head and neck position. Your arms should be long and by your sides. Your chin should remain tucked throughout the movement, as if you were holding an egg under your chin.\n2. Evenly distribute your weight and grip the floor with your feet to create a stable position. Raise your arms above your head. Pre-tension your shoulders and hips with a good inhale and exhale. Engage your core. All repetitions should begin from this starting position.\n3. Maintain a neutral spine as you quickly lower into a quarter-squat position by bending your hips and knees slightly. Maintain a fairly vertical shin position. Your arms should be long with a slight bend in your elbows. As you lower into your jumping position, allow your hands to travel behind your body. Your shin angle and torso angle should be relatively the same.\n4. Begin your upward movement by explosively pushing your feet into the ground to jump into the air. As you begin to straighten your legs, simultaneously begin to swing your arms forward. Focus on being quick and powerful to jump as high as you can. At the top of your jump, your arms should be above your head with your upper arms in line with your ears. Your legs should be straight.\n5. Land from your jump on the balls of your feet, evenly distributing the weight along your entire foot while allowing your hips and knees to bend to absorb force. Your landing posture should be the same as your jumping posture. Land softly and under control while keeping your core engaged throughout the landing. Your bodyweight should be loaded into your midfoot and heel, while keeping your toes engaged and your knees in line with your toes. Your chest should be ahead of your hips.\n6. Stick the landing and then set up for another repetition. \nIf you have a previous or pre-existing health condition, consult your physician before beginning an exercise program. Proper exercise technique is essential to ensure the safety and effectiveness of an exercise program, but you may need to modify each exercise to attain optimal results based on your individual needs. Always select a weight that allows you to have full control of your body throughout the movement. When performing any exercise, pay close attention to your body, and stop immediately if you note pain or discomfort.\n\nTo see continual progress and build body strength, incorporate proper warm-ups, rest, and nutrition into your exercise program. Your results will ultimately be based on your ability to adequately recover from your workouts. Rest for 24 to 48 hours before training the same muscle groups to allow sufficient recovery.\nThrow on some athleisure, fire up a [MasterClass Annual Membership](https://www.masterclass.com), and get ready to sweat it out with exclusive instructional videos from Nike Master Trainer and *GQ* fitness specialist Joe Holder. Want to improve your cardiovascular endurance? Give Joe’s HIIT workout a go. Trying to get a little swole? He’s got a strength training workout for that. From fitness tips to nutrition hacks, Joe will have you feeling healthier in no time.\nVertical jumps can become an essential part of your power-training program.