Are you looking for more info on the CrossFit and Functional fitness staple, the Plyo box?
Maybe you came here looking for the best plyo box, and we will get to that, but first…
But you know what??
The THRILL of accomplishing your first box jump is just awesome. It is a very empowering feeling and I want you to enjoy that if you have not already.
Jumping 30” straight up makes you feel like a real athlete, and you will feel proud, and rightly so.
So Just do IT!
Here is a How to video for beginners.
In this article, we aim to define what a 3 in 1 plyo box is, and how it is different from other style plyo boxes.
We offer some video suggestions for plyometric exercises done on a plyo box, plus several full body routines.
We outline the pros, cons and differences of the many styles of plyo boxes available. There is also a short section of how to accomplish your first box jump without fear, and a review of 7 different plyo boxes of various styles.
- What is a 3 in 1 Plyo box?
- Wood Vs Metal Vs Metal Adjustable Plyometric boxes
- How can I achieve my first box jump without fear?
- Best Plyometric Exercises using a Plyo Box
- Best Plyometric Workouts for the whole body
- TOP 7 Best Plyometric Boxes Reviews 2020
What is a 3 in 1 Plyo box?
The three in one plyo box is a wood box in the shape of a rectangle. The 3 in 1 refers to the three dimensions of each edge. Dimensions can vary.
Popular dimensions for wood plyo boxes include:
And the list goes on!
Wood Vs Metal Vs Metal Adjustable Plyometric boxes
Wood boxes are safe to jump on with any box face down. If you want it higher, stand it on its end, shorter, just put it on it’s side. Easy peasy.
They are three heights, in one box, hence the name, 3 in 1 plyo box.
Wood plyo boxes are the most common in “CrossFit Boxes (CrossFit Gyms)”, and frankly, the wood boxes are my favorite type of box.
There is just something about the wood box that “feels right” to me, It would not be CrossFit without it.
Metal boxes, which sometimes look like stools, can only be placed in one position, for obvious reasons.
Here is a video of Coach Taylor Ramsdell jumping a plyo box of this height.
Metal boxes, by necessity, are shipped assembled, so no hassle.
Adjustable Metal Plyo boxes:
They do make adjustable metal stands, which you can manually adjust to be higher or lower.
How can I achieve my first box jump without fear?
How To Box Jump For Beginners
This is a good guide for those who have not achieved their first box jump, or who are new to functional fitness. The instructor makes some good points, namely that your arms are involved in the jump.
How to Perform a Box Jump
This video is good for beginners as well as those who can perform the jumps already. The trainer explains the finer points of the box jump, and their purpose in CrossFit and Functional fitness.
Best Plyometric Exercises using a Plyo Box
Aside from the box jump, what other plyometric exercises can be done using a plyo box?
So glad you asked!
Soft-Sided Plyo Box Exercises for speed and explosive power
Jaret Campisi uses soft plyo boxes to demonstrate a workout using soft plyo boxes. This routine pushes your jump limits safely and without fear of damaging your shins.
Jaret explains the move, and the reasoning behind the move. The workout is not real-time, but there is a lot of good advice, tips and knowledge in this video, which is why I like it so much.
How to Execute Henrik Zetterberg’s Box Jump Series
This video demonstrates how Hockey NHL all Star Forward Henrik Zetterberg uses several plyo boxes to perform explosive plyometric exercises.
The video is narrated by Joe Neal who explains each move and why he has the NHL athlete perform the move.
One box used is 35” high, and Henrik pulls off a lateral side to side with a single leg squat, a hard move for even a seasoned athlete.
There is a ton of great advice in this video, which is for intermediate to advanced athletes.
Top 27 Plyo box moves
This video is a short birds eye view fly over of 27 exercises you can perform with a plyo box. It is great to inspire ideas for your own routine.
The exercises are quite varied and cover all major muscle groups, and beginner to advanced moves. There is a little bit for everyone in this video. All of the best plyometric exercises for the plyo box are here, so its 4 minutes well spent.
Best Plyometric Workouts for the whole body
Plyo Box Workouts for Total Body Strength
Be sure and warm up before you get into this workout. Coach Brian Klepacki wastes no time at starts the routine with a 5 min AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible).
There is a two min break, and then there are 4 exercises for reps. A solid plyo box workout, I have done many that are very similar in my CrossFit career. Easily one of the best plyometric workouts you can do with a plyo box.
45 Min Plyo Box & Strength Total Body HIIT Home Workout
This extremely energetic workout led by Millionaire Hoy is 45 minutes long and covers 35 different exercises using just dumbbells and an adjustable metal plyo box.
The workout goes step by step, as the trainer performs the workout with you. Millionaire promises, with this workout “you gonna’ EARN that fist bump”. I believe it, the workout looks intense.
Plyo Box Lower Body Burn Workout
This workout can be performed by beginner to intermediate athletes. It is short, just 15 min, and includes standard moves that are easy to follow and perform.
Solid, simple lower body workout done with a plyo box. Includes the one leg box squat, box jump, lateral jump, running taps and more.
TOP 7 Best Plyometric Boxes Reviews 2020
Best Plyo Box Made from Wood
Best Plyo boxes-Metal
Best Plyo Box – Adjustable Metal
Best Plyo Box-Padded
Have you found the best plyo box for your commercial or home gym. Hit us up and let us know which one YOU are using.
Until next time! We will see you at the Box!