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What are jumping jacks?

This simple and popular exercise originates from the United States Army

This simple and popular exercise has its origin in the United States Army, initially used to harass the military, it was later established as essential in physical conditioning and later became popular among coaches and physical education teachers.

Keep reading if you want to know everything that this simple exercise can bring you.

What is a Jumping Jack?

The exercise Jumping Jack consists of performing repeated standing jumps, in an upright position, with an initial position of feet together and arms close to the body and reaching up to join hands above the head and keep your legs apart.

That is, legs and arms open and close simultaneously and in a coordinated way.

And what is it for?

Therefore, this exercise allows working several objectives at the same time:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic endurance
  • Strength, mainly from the lower body due to jumping
  • Coordination
  • Speed
  • Agility

To execute it correctly we advise you to warm up beforehand, due to its intensity, and during its execution, keep the abdomen activated.

Likewise, it is advisable that perform the reception of the jumps with the metatarsal area and slight knee flexion, so that you cushion the impact.

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To consider

We must also take into account some considerations

Eg It is not a recommended exercise for people who are overweight or obesity or injuries to some of the joints involved in movement, mainly due to impact.

At first glance, Jumping Jacks are a simple exercise, but it can be a challenge if you consider different levels of demand.

Variations of Jumping Jack

Here are some variations for it:

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