Plyo boxes are used in athletic training and can be made of wood or steel. They have non-slip coatings and are built to withstand the weight and force of jumping athletes. Plyometric steps are also available for adjustable or stackable heights. Exercises can be made more challenging by spacing the boxes further apart or doing single-leg jumps.
Plyo boxes are used in athletic training and therefore made to withstand a vigorous workout routine. Plyo boxes can be purchased individually or in sets that include different sizes and are constructed of wood or steel. Some plyo boxes can be adjusted for different heights and are sold individually. The wooden plyo boxes are made in a true box design, with an open bottom so they can be nested together for storage. Steel plyo boxes are constructed in more of a tabletop design with crossbars for added strength and stack together for easy, compact storage.
Plyo boxes are used in vigorous training routines and must be constructed accordingly. The surface of plyo boxes, whether made of wood or steel, has a non-slip coating or coating to ensure that athletes do not slip on a landing and injure themselves. The steel plyo boxes also have rubberized foot caps, so the boxes themselves won’t slide on slippery interior floors. Plyo boxes are built to be very strong, as they must withstand the weight and downward force of a jumping athlete.
Plyometric steps are also available at many plyometric box retailers. Plyometric steps, like plyo boxes, can be sold individually or in sets. Plyometric steps can be adjustable or stackable so that the user can reach different heights.
Shorter plyometric boxes or plyometric steps can be used to strengthen leg muscles using step exercises. In these exercises, the lifter places one foot on the box and uses only the muscles in that leg to pull the entire body onto the box. Likewise, push exercises focus on using the muscles of the leg that is still on the ground, pushing off the ground to step up the step. The larger plyo boxes are used for deep jumps, in which the lifter drops to the ground from one plyo box, and then jumps from a squatting position onto the next box. Exercises can be made more challenging by spacing the boxes further apart or doing single-leg jumps.