I'm going to try jump squats for the first time and i just wondered if any experienced lifters can tell me what kind of footwear and flooring works best with them. I don't want to go through trial and error and end up hurting my knees or ankles. I normally train barefoot and at home i have some cheap floor protection mats to stop damage to the floor, i have a few more pairs of mats which i can stack on each other so that its 2-3 layers thick, would this be ideal for jump squats while in barefoot?, or do i even need them?.
I get confused with all the different exercise guides i see, some with trainers on and some without - i thought that compressible soles were undesirable and you lost power. Any advice?