Plyometric Training Zone!

Stop the Box Jump Stupidity

By: Mike Boyle

PlyoboxesThe top box in the plyobox stack is either a 36 or 42 inch plyobox.

If you have one, please put it away. In fact, unless you are training some great athletes, put your 30 inch box away too. I have dubbed the big plyoboxes "Idiot Boxes". Idiot boxes are jumped on by young men (it is always young men) looking to show off. I have begun to refer to them as "skin donors". I can tell you something for sure. If CSI showed up and dusted the high plyoboxes for DNA most of these boxes would test positive. There was a time when my athletes and I were foolish just like everyone else and did these foolish exercises. After coaching a few "skin donors" I realized that what mattered was the movement of the center of mass, not the height of the box. I no longer own a 36" box but, own lots of 18's, 24's and a few 30's.

Our rule is simple. Jimmy Radcliffe said it best; "jump and land from the same position". This means that take-off and landing should look identical. If you jump from a 1/2 squat, land in a half squat.

I could post a few videos but I don't want to get sued. Just YouTube "box jumps" if you want to see foolishness in action.

And please, don't stack up a bunch of stuff to jump on. That's even dumber. I just saw an article with a multi-million dollar athlete jumping on a collection of boxes and plates. Try to explain that during your deposition.

Remember, jump and land from the same position.

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(January 2016)