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If you’re looking for a smaller piece of equipment for your at-home workout repertoire, you can’t go wrong with a plyometric jump box. This activity can help you significantly improve your overall power and strength, not to mention your endurance, coordination, flexibility, agility and speed.
There are more than a few good reasons to hop on the jump box craze. For starters, jumping is very good for you as it allows you to strengthen your muscle tone, has a positive impact on your balance and helps keep your bones strong.
And as your legs will be doing most of the work, box jumps help you gain lower body strength. In particular, this type of exercise is great for your quads, calves, glutes and hamstrings as you will be using every single muscle in your legs to jump high enough. Having strong legs has myriad benefits also, such as helping to prevent slips and falls in your everyday life.
Do you have any idea how many calories jumping burns? Between 800 and 1,000 per hour! That makes this an amazing exercise for burning fat and losing weight. Even better, box jumping is a very high intensity exercise where you use your own body weight. Of course, if you want to take it up a notch you can always use ankle, wrist weights or free weights.
You might not realize it, but box jumps also work your arms. You need to swing them forward to propel yourself onto the box, and over time this leads to stronger and bigger arm muscles.
Your core and lower back also get a good workout, especially if you do box jumps properly, as you have to engage both when you jump. Once you build up your lower back and stomach muscles from jumping, you’ll notice your posture has improved as well.
Take our advice: you don’t want to buy just any old jump box, you want to buy the right jump box. Review the following tips and tricks before you make your final decision.
There’s a variety of heights to choose from, so don’t think that you have to jump the highest height, especially if you’re a beginner. Pick something you’re comfortable with but which will allow you to improve. For example, you might buy a set of three, all with different heights, or you might buy stackable jump boxes so you can adjust the height.
You’ll want to pick something durable and sturdy with a non-slip jumping surface. This should ensure that it’s safe, as you want to make sure the box or boxes don’t move when you jump. Buying a box with good traction and stability are essential to avoid accidents and injuries.
You’ll also need to pick between foam and a harder surface, like plywood or metal. All have their advantages and disadvantages. Setting up, disassembling, and storing a wood box is very easy, though it might not be as durable as a metal box. Metal ones often offer adjustable height options, but they don’t necessarily have the best grip. A foam box is ideal for avoiding injuries if you miss-jump.
Are you confident putting your plyo box together yourself? If not, make sure you buy one that’s pre-assembled.
Do you have a place to store your boxes? If space is an issue, you might consider a folding plyo box or stackable equipment, which would give you the option of jumping to various heights but storing the box set all together.
Now that you’re more well-versed in the world of plyo boxes, you’re ready to start jumping! Scroll down to see our favorites and pick the best one for you!