Plyometric Box

A plyometric box or platform is great to help you with speed and power exercises like squat jumps or lateral jumps and you can use the platforms to help with other more traditional exercises too.

Traditionally plyometric boxes have been metal platforms with non-slip feet and a non-slip surface that you jump on to. There's now a soft version with non skid vinyl that helps to absorb some of the impact meaning less pressure on your ankles, feet and knees. Either way plyometric platforms are great for quick explosive movements that will help you build power and strength.

Plyometrics is all about decreasing the time between eccentric and concentric movements. This means you are improving the performance you can command from your muscles, tendons and nerves. Great for sports and also for athletes, it's a great tool for a home gym to add some variation to your workouts.

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Plyometric Box Buying Guide

What is Plyometrics?

Plyometrics was developed in Eastern Europe and in very basic terms it’s all about training for power or explosiveness. In the past you may have heard it referred to as jump training. To achieve this a concentric muscular contraction must immediately follow an eccentric contraction of the same muscle. Another term frequently used is ‘the stretch shortening cycle’, which is the underlying mechanism of plyometric training.

In plyometrics you are trying to make your muscles work better not make them bigger as in weight training. It will help you improve in any activity that requires explosive power. The key to success is choosing the right exercise for your chosen sport. Once this is done you should be able to run faster, jump higher, hit stronger!

What is a Plyometric Box?

A plyometric box is literally a box that is designed for lower body plyometric training.  It will help improve your strength, balance and power. A plyometric box can also withstand the stress of repeated bursts of exercise so will be a safer alternative to an ordinary box or bench.

Exercises You Can Do With a Plyometric Box

Cardio Box Jump

Stand facing the box. Hinge at the hips and jump on top of the box. This movement should be explosive. Jump or step down.

Single Leg Lunge

Stand on your left leg with top of right foot on the plyometric box. Bend the left knee lowering the right knee towards the floor.

Lateral Jump to Box

Stand side onto box with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Lower body into semi squat position and jump up onto the box, step back down and repeat.

Lateral Hurdle Jumps

Stand beside the box, bring knees up and jump vertically but also laterally off the ground and over the box. Land on both feet and immediately jump back over the box. Try not to pause between jumps or sink into the squat position.

What Are The Benefits of Plyometric Training

Enhanced Performance

Whether your sport relies on you running fast, throwing far or punching hard your overall performance will improve through plyometric training

Muscle Power

Through plyometric exercise the strength of your arm and leg muscles will gain in power.

Burning Calories

As your muscles become stronger and improve their endurance capability you will burn calories. Your metabolism will increase. Remember muscle maintenance needs more energy than fat maintenance so you will burn more calories with each plyometric activity.

Endurance

Your stamina will improve through plyometrics.

Types of Plyometric Platforms

You will find many different plyometric platforms available in different shapes, sizes and materials. So what are the different types of boxes?

Metal Plyometric Boxes

Some have a metal frame with wooden tops that are covered with a rubber mat to make them non slip. These platforms are light but still strong and will cater for most needs.

Wooden

Boxes made from wood tend to be a little spongier in feel so tend to be a good choice if you are training in very specific technical skills.

Other Plyometric Boxes

Some boxes are made of composite materials which are soft yet firm. , these are good for sport specific movements.

Other Considerations

Some boxes are stackable but watch the surface area of the box, check that it is big enough for what you want to do on it. The safest tops tend to be rectangular in shape and buy one with the largest surface area on top that you can find.

Also check that you can transport your box, or even move it around as you may need to do this for different exercises. And finally, you will get what you pay for. Don’t skimp on your plyometric box, it needs to be safe and secure to ensure that you can use it for years to come!

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