Plyometrics, also known as “jump training” or “plyo” is exercise based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or “explosive” way, for example with specialized repeated jumping. Plyometrics are primarily used by athletes to improve performance, and are used in the fitness field to a much lesser degree. (definition from Wikipedia)
Last summer my husband and I wanted to add some plyo moves into our workouts (which I HIGHLY recommend you doing if you are in a more advanced stage in your training.) We really wanted a box for box jumps, step ups, etc. So my handy dandy husband started researching how to make one and that he did. Here are the plans to our box.
Compliments of the folks over at Cube.Dweller.Fitness
- Print out the instructions by CrossFit for a Plyo Box with Slanted Sides (also available via the Cube.Dweller.Fitness link above)
- Use the spreadsheet available here to calculate the measurements if you would like to make different box sizes
- Watch the video and enjoy his mad circular saw skillz
- Purchase materials, make cardboard cut-outs and get to it
- You’ll be jumping in no time!!
Finished Plyo Box with Slanted Sides
- 20″ box shown below with and without the rubber mat attached
- Time to Get Some!