I would like to add just a little challenge to my class. We are doing squats with a bar on our shoulders and I want to know if it is safe to jump with the weight on your shoulders? If so, is there a limit to the weight? A limit to height and depth of the jump? Should we make sure the bar stays on our shoulders and does not rise off, even an inch?
I will never suggest that to anybody. Even if you try to control your body in a very stable position, you take a big risk. Something which is making you taking an extra care of your movements and body, is not good. That can take you to a big physical instability while you are executing that type of exercises.
Well…I recommend that you omit this exercise from your list.
One person jumping with weight on the back is a huge task in and of itself (based on what Susan and others said).
Imagine several people jumping with weight on their back.
Each person has a different ROM and different ‘squat abilities’.
Jumping without weights is less stressful on your members…and you!
(Paul’s statement about lawsuits comes to mind).
Another recommendation…try burpees.
Good luck with your class!
This is an older post that popped up into my feed, but it gave me an idea. If you’re still doing barbell squats, how about super-setting your two ideas. Squat with relatively heavy weights, then have them do plyometric jumps afterwards (with no bar). The previous set will pre-fatigue them, and then even squat jumps without weights will feel like their legs are like lead.