How to do Star Jumps

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: High

Target Body Parts: shoulders, calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps


Start off down in a crouched position with your feet at hip width and your arms by your sides. From this position jump up explosively as high as you can. As soon as your feet leave the ground, open your legs out to the sides and lift your arms up and out to the sides at the same time.

At the highest point of your jump, your feet and hands should represent 4 of the 5 points of a star, with your head being the other point.

As you start to lower back to the ground, bring your legs and arms in, so that you land with your feet under your hips and your arms by your sides. Absorb the impact of the landing by bending your knees and leaning forwards as you lower down into the crouch position again ready for your next star jump. Repeat these star jumps with control for the required duration.

Watch out for your knees during this exercise. Make sure they don’t drop in towards each other as you land.

How to make Star Jumps easier

Try our Squat Jacks and Jumping Jacks exercises for similar but easier options to this.

How to make Star Jumps more challenging

Take your jumping to the next level and move on to our Power Jumps exercise once you have mastered Star Jumps

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