This is going to be a short post, but I want to touch base on this topic because I’ve been seeing a lot of people doing plyometric (jumping) exercises with weights in their hands or on their backs and it’s making me CRINGE.
In case you’re wondering “why?” - when walking on level ground, your weight bearing joints are absorbing the pressure of 1 1/2 lbs of your body weight - and the force is even greater when landing from a jump! Adding weights when doing plyos can be detrimental to your joints and ligaments if you continue to do this over time. You might not feel the effects now, but after a few years of consistently doing this you may start experiencing ankle, knee, foot, and even back and spine problems.
So please avoid doing plyos with added weights - I promise you’ll still get an amazing workout without using them! Instead of adding weight, instead focus on adding a higher rep count, increase the time, and/or intensity of the workout session.