One of the best ways for martial arts students to improve their physical performance is by doing plyometric workouts, which are basically sessions consisting of quick and powerful movements generally performed on plyometric boxes. Plyo boxes come in various sizes and heights, and they’re formed with solid square frames which provide a solid landing area. Additionally, they’re usually covered with a thick material to reduce the impact on the joints.
Plyo boxes are versatile pieces of commercial and home gym equipment that don’t take up a lot of space, yet allow you to perform cardio, jumping and stretching exercises. They can help athletes to improve their vertical jumping ability, increase their foot speed, strength, explosiveness, endurance, and overall health. Furthermore, they can help you improve your balance, as performing Plyo exercises requires decent balance. Additionally, you can perform fat loss HIIT exercises that involve a Plyo box.
In order to find the ideal Plyo box, you need to consider a few factors, such as the size and the material, the available space you have and the type of floor you’ll place the box on. There are adjustable Plyo boxes which allow you to easily set the height, meaning you only have to buy one. Adjustable boxes save you money, and they let you set a starting point for yourself which you can easily increase as you progress. Keep in mind that different exercises require different heights, so it’s important that the box is flexible in terms of height.
Then, you need to consider the material of the box. Most boxes are made of durable and strong materials that can be used for a long time, even when put through a lot of abuse. Metal boxes are adjustable, while wood boxes aren’t. Wooden boxes are aesthetically appealing, as they can feature different designs and can be painted. Avoid plastic boxes as they can break down easily. Metal boxes are extremely tough, but you won’t be able to carry them around easily, so if portability is a concern – go for a wooden box.
Your choice of materials will depend on how much space you have for the boxes. If you don’t have much space, then you’re better off with an adjustable metal box. If you have space, then you’re free to decide whether you want metal or wooden boxes. The type of floor you intend to use the boxes on will also impact your decision. Metal boxes usually have a non-slip surface, while wooden boxes don’t, meaning they may move if the floor is slippery, which makes them unsafe.