You didn't think we were talking about any old box, did you? Versatile, easy to store and useful as additional seating when you have too much company, plyo boxes—boxes used as platforms for plyometric exercise—are one of the 13 pieces of workout gear that everyone should own. Commercially available sets come in a variety of heights for different ability levels. Once you've purchased a set, try out the following exercises:
Boss Cross Jumps
Stand to the left side of the box and put your right foot on top of the box while leaving your left foot on the ground. Keeping your body low, jump up and over the box so that your right foot lands on the right side and your left foot is on top. As soon as your foot touches the ground, explode back the other way. You can repeat the exercise based on time (for example, three rounds at 20 seconds each) or reps (three sets of 20 jumps). Watch a video here.
This exercise can also be done based on time or repetitions. Stand to the left side of the box, place your right foot on top and keep your left foot on the ground. Jump over the box, going as high as possible. You should land with your right foot on the other side of the box and your left foot on top. As soon as your foot touches the ground, explode back the other way. Watch a video here.
Place the plyo box two feet in front of you and stand facing it with your feet shoulder width apart. Jump staright up and land on the box softly, keeping a slight bend in the knees. Step down and repeat. Make sure to start with the smallest box possible. You can move onto taller boxes as you become stronger.
Place your right foot on the plyo box and keep your left foot on the ground. Jump and switch your feet so that your left foot is on top of the box while your right foot is on the ground. Do this exercises in a running motion, changing your feet as quickly as possible. Watch a video here.
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