What is Plyometrics?
Plyometrics is a training process that was developed by the Soviet Olympians back in the 70s. Plyometric movements involve rapid lengthening and shrinking of the muscles that increase tension in the muscles thus causing the energy stored in the muscles to get released. This, in the long run, shortens response time and builds power and strength.
What is a Plyo Box?
As the name suggests, a plyo box is an equipment used for plyometric training that serves as a platform for performing various activities. It makes the workout more challenging and fun. Plyo boxes can be both purchased and constructed at home. It comes with various height variations, color, and material to suit the demands of all sorts of athletes. Namely, there are two types of plyo boxes:
- A plyo box which is usually made of steel or wood is a safer option in terms of providing and maintaining balance. Also, it is cheaper than other plyo boxes. The bases of metallic plyo boxes are usually wider than the top.
- Soft plyo box, usually constructed out of foam considerably reduces the pressure exerted on the knee and ankle joints and hence saves it from the risks of getting injured.
An exercise that you can do using a plyo box:
- Step ups
- One foot jumps
- Sideways jump
- Lean and push
- Jump and steps
- Stepping up
- Basic plyo box jumps
- Incline push up
- Single leg lunge
- Cardio box jump
Plyo Box Heights
To save storage space and money a bulk of these plyo boxes are constructed with adjustable heights. This means that one box can be rotated from one side to the other to gain new heights. Most of the best plyo boxes come in the following dimensions: 20”, 24” and 30”. So if you are comfortable with the 20” height, you can simply rotate the box to add 4” to 6” and make your workout more challenging. Hard plyo boxes although come in more height variations in comparison to soft ones. Here are some of the examples:
● Garage Fit 3-in-1 Wood Plyo Box comes in 3 variations: 20”x24”x30”, 18”x20”x24” and 12”x14”x30”
● Shogun Sports 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box has 3 height variations: 12”x14”x16”, 16”x20”x24” and 20”x24”x30”
● j/fit Plyometric Jump Boxes comes as 4 separate stackable platforms of heights 12”,18”, 24” and 30”.
If you are a plyometrics beginner, it is always recommended to start from the shortest height and build your way up gradually. Some boxes might need no assembling of parts after delivery whereas some might even do. Assembling a plyo box is hassle-free and comes with no complications. Usually, all the crews and other tools are included in the package.
How to Choose the Right Plyo Box?
Picking the best plyo box can be pretty exhausting since there are so many in the market. Here are a few tips and tricks that might be of some help to you:
- Choose a box with rounded edges to prevent getting hurt.
- The width of the jumping platform should at least be as wide as your hips.
- Choose a box that does not tip over easily and can carry your weight.
- Pick a box that is compact and portable for easier storage.
- For safe landing, the surface should be non-slip.
- Boxes with multiple adjustable heights are the best option.
- When you go to purchase the box make sure that each and every screw used in the box should be countersunk so that they do not keep protruding and hurt the user.
- The box should be completely contained and enclosed on the sides to prevent snagging of shins on the sides.
Before you choose your box, plan out your workout and your requirements. Purchase or construct your box accordingly.