Spring training featured exercise: Plie squat jacks

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Featured exercise: Plie squat jacks

Why: This exercise develops leg endurance and power for level changes and jumps. 

How: Start in a sumo squat position with the finger tips slightly above the floor. A sumo squat is like a second position plie mixed with a flat back position, as illustrated in the picture. Move the arms upward (like a jumping jack) while pushing through the legs to jump. Start with a basic star shape jump with straight legs and pointy toes, then work up to harder jumps like tuck jumps. Begin with a set of 8 and work up to 32 as your weeks of training progress. Proper alignment is more important than number of reps.

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