The 9 best plyo boxes for home workouts (2018 edition) the home fit freak

Power. It’s the combination of strength and speed, and it’s absolutely integral to performing at your best during any kind of athletic endeavour. Those who understand that power is the name of the game when it comes to athletic ability also understand that plyometric training is undoubtedly the most popular and effective way of developing it.

Plyometric exercises are easy to build into your home workouts, and require nothing but your bodyweight and a bit of free floor space. For that reason, plyometrics usually make up a large part of crossfit workouts, which are great for people with little time, like busy moms and dads. Some of the best and most effective plyometric training techniques, however, incorporate not only your bodyweight, but gravity as well.

And the best way to bring gravity into your workouts is to use a plyometric box (or plyo box for short).

We’ve taken a good look at the best plyo boxes on the market in 2018 and reviewed them below in order to help you make the best decision on which to add to your home gym. To make things easy, we’ve broken the reviews up into the general categories that different plyo boxes fall under: Multi-sided boxes; traditional boxes; and adjustable boxes. And because we want to help you get the most out of your plyo box(es), we’ve also included a sample of exercises that’ll get you on your way to developing some serious power.

Multi-sided plyo boxes are great because you essentially get 3 plyo boxes in the 1 piece of equipment (that’s why they’re also called 3-in-1 plyo boxes). Their shape makes them extremely adaptable as you’ve got a different height to work with depending on which of its sides you have it sitting on. It’s for this reason that they also tend to be more expensive than traditional and adjustable plyo boxes. They’re plyo boxes that’ll grow with you, which is why they’re great for people that are new to plyometrics and are aiming to build up to more demanding exercises over time.

All of our top multi-sided plyo boxes are made from ply wood. They’re shipped flat-packed (some have the option of being shipped assembled, which is more expensive) and you’ll need to assemble them. They screw together, and the only tool you’ll need is a Philips head screwdriver, however it’ll be much quick and easier with a power drill. It’s also a good idea to use wood glue as well as the screws, but this isn’t absolutely necessary.

Why go with the OneFitWonder over the Rogue? If you’re after a large plyo box, you’ll save about $20 if you go with the OneFitWonder (less if you order it pre-built). Also, even though Fringe Sport’s equipment is manufactured in China, it’s still good quality stuff. That said, Fringe don’t offer an explicit warranty on their plyo boxes like Rogue does.

So, that’s our 3 best multi-sided plyo boxes on the market this year. Any one of them will help you incorporate a solid plyometrics routine into your home workouts, and develop the power you need to perform at your physical best. If you’re good with your hands and don’t want to purchase a 3-in-1 box, then you can follow this guide to making your own at home.

Unlike the multi-sided boxes above, traditional plyo boxes have a single usable surface. This means that one box provides one height to work with. Also, this type of plyo box is often trapezoid in shape (wider base, narrower top) with the reason being that it’s a safer design. When you’re performing box jumps, if you ‘miss’ on a jump (fail to jump high enough) you can catch your shins on the lip of the jumping surface, which usually then causes you to fall forward and grate your shins down the edge of the box. This is how many plyometrics enthusiasts end up with badly bloodied shins. The trapezoid shape makes this kind of accident less likely.

Although the jumping surface on these boxes has a non-slip surface, the metal base will slide if you use these on hardwood, smooth concrete, or any other naturally slick surface. If you are planning to use these on this kind of surface, we recommend getting some protective foam flooring to prevent damage to your floors, and prevent the box slipping out from underneath you when you jump onto it.

If you’re looking for a good quality traditional plyo box, then you can’t go wrong with any of the 3 above. If safety is a concern for you, then make sure you go with a trapezoid box, and start with a low, manageable height. This will help ensure that you don’t miss on your box jumps are all successful, you don’t wreck your shins and potentially ruin plyometric exercises for yourself.

So, all-in-all they’re not terribly different pieces of equipment. Although the Titan isn’t much smaller than the Stamina, it’s footprint will save you a couple of inches, which might be handy if you have a particularly small home gym. Also, you’re not getting a workout guide with the Titan, but that shouldn’t matter too much considering how easy it is to find good plyo exercises on the net (including at the bottom of this article). Check current price, additional features and reviews on Amazon

That said, it’s also smaller and less adjustable. The jumping surface is 16″ x 16″, which means that you have less room for error when doing box jumps. Also, with the amount of screws sticking out of the sides on this little baby, you really don’t want to miss on a box jump and fall forward on to it. Furthermore, it only has 3 height adjustments: 16″, 20″ and 24″, making it somewhat less versatile than it’s counterparts above.

Owing to the fact that it’s smaller, lighter, less versatile and requires assembly, this adjustable plyo box is the least expensive of the three (it’s usually in the vicinity of $110 – $120). Word to the wise: this thing has a lot of screws, many of which require an adjustable wrench to tighten. Rep Fitness recommend setting aside 45 minutes to assemble this plyo box, however you should actually be able to get it done in more like 20.

So, there you have it – the 9 best plyo boxes money can buy in 2018. If you’re looking to develop greater power, strength, speed, and agility, as well as build muscle, or you’re just looking to add some fun and challenging variation to your home workouts, then plyometric exercises are a fantastic option. And, having a good plyo box in your arsenal of home exercise equipment (and using it regularly) will ensure you’re getting the most out of your plyometric workouts.

Stand on the box, with toes close to the front edge. Step from the box and drop to land on both feet like you do with an altitude drop. As soon as you land, spring back up as quickly as you can and jump into the air. When you step from the box, try not to let your heels touch the ground, stop yourself from settling into the landing, and make your contact with the ground as short as possible.

When first beginning, only go for 30 seconds. Gradually try to work your way up to 90 seconds without stopping. Getting better at reacting to the ground force is the name of the game with this drill. Something that can help you react as quickly as possible is to imagine the floor is lava, and you want to spend as little time as possible on it. #3 Alternating Step Ups