Plyo boxes are used for jumping and other exercises to develop speed, power, agility, and explosiveness. This is high intensity training that uses both your upper and lower body and builds strength and endurance.
You are probably planning on using your new plyo box for box jumps. My article Box Jumps – How to Guide for Beginners shows you the tips and tricks you need to do a proper box jump.
It turns out there are many, many exercises you can use a plyo box for. This article has 3 videos which show you lots of Plyometric Box Exercises.
Critical Plyo Box Considerations
Price – In general, plyo boxes are not an expensive addition to your home gym. Depending on the size, you can pick up a single wood plyo box for $50 or $60. Even at the high end, the best plyometric boxes cost $200 or less.
Weight – Plyometric boxes do not weigh very much. The wood boxes have hand holds built into them for easy movement. As for the weight of the user, boxes can generally handle between 300 – 400 pounds.
Stability – You face two separate stability issues: sliding and tipping over.
Sliding depends on your workout surface and the style of box. For example a garage floor with an epoxy coating will be slick. You may find it necessary to use a non-slip exercise mat.
Tipping over depends on the dimensions of the box, the weight of the box, the force of your jump, and how you land.
Durability – Plyometric boxes are constructed from durable steel and plywood and should last many years. Unfortunately, the rubber feet and landing surfaces featured on some boxes may not be as durable.
Space Requirements – I would take two things into consideration when deciding where to use a plyo box. First, you need a place where toddlers or pets won’t come into the area without you knowing it.
Second, I know that I sometimes get tired during a workout and have less focus and balance. Be sure you are doing your workout in a place and on a surface that will minimize injury if you miss a jump or fall.
Height Requirements – Make sure the ceiling of your workout area is high enough for your jumping exercises. Also, choose a plyo box that’s the right height for your fitness level.
Assembly – For some styles, some simple assembly is required.
Buying Online – Be sure to check the seller’s return policy before you buy. You can almost always return a plyo box within a couple of weeks after purchasing. I suggest you buy your top choice and use at home. If it’s not right for you, then return it according to the return policy.
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Some Exercises Using Plyometric Boxes
A plyometric box is perfect for jumping and other exercises. Here are some of the many exercises you can do with a plyometric box:
- box jumps
- kneeling box jumps
- depth jumps
- negative jumps
- lateral box jumps
- box push-ups
- box squats
- step ups
- step ups with knee thrusts
- squat thrust
12 Best Plyometric Boxes of 2017
We can divide plyometric boxes into 4 categories:
- Foam or Soft Plyo Boxes
- Wood Plyo Boxes
- Adjustable Plyo Boxes
- Plyo Box Sets
Let’s dive in and discuss the top plyo boxes on the market today.
Foam or Soft Plyo Boxes
Sunny Health & Fitness No. 072 3-in-1 Foam Fitness Plyo Box
The Sunny Health & Fitness Plyo Box is made of soft, dense foam that is encased in PVC.
The box dimensions are 28” x 24” x 20” giving you three jumping heights.
The box weighs 11 pounds, so it’s easy to move around your home gym. Also, you can quickly adjust it to the different heights during your workout.
One complaint some people have with a wooden plyo box is the pain of hitting their shins. This plyo box will not bruise your shins!
Note: this box’s lowest jumping height is 20”. If you are a beginner at doing box jumps, this may be too tall for you. Get one of the other boxes that offers a 12” or 16” height.
Titan Fitness 3 In 1 20″ 24″ 30″ Soft Foam Plyometric Box
This Titan Fitness plyo box is 20” x 24” x 30” so you have three different jumping heights.
Titan makes this box out of high density foam that can support people weighing up to 350 pounds.
The Titan Fitness Plyometric Box weighs 16 pounds. That means it should be pretty easy for you to move it and adjust the height during your workouts.
Of course, a box like this does not require any assembly.
Also, it’s covered with a non-slip surface. Even so, it’s best to use it on a floor that is also non-skid.
Titan Fitness offers this advice to users: “When jumping on the 30″ side, it is important to be jumping with your toes pointed towards the longer 24″ side rather than the shorter 20″ side. That orientation does not seem normal to a lot of users.”
The soft foam of this plyo box means you won’t scrape and bruise your shins if you miss a jump.
Wood Plyo Boxes
Bound 3-in-1 Wood Plyo Box
The Bound 3-in-1 Plyo Box is made of sturdy ¾” plywood. The plywood features rounded edges which reduces your risk of injury.
It’s delivered to you in a flat pack and requires basic assembly. However, Bound Plyobox pre-drills and counter sinks the screw holes for you. That means there won’t be any screw heads sticking up above the wood surface.
Bound Plyobox carefully machines the wood pieces for a precise fit. The company recommends using a rubber mallet to bang the pieces into position. They also supply wood glue that you can use to increase the strength of the box.
The Bound Plyo Box comes in 4 size combinations:
- 30/24/20 inches
- 24/20/16 inches
- 20/18/16 inches
- 16/14/12 inches
This large variety of sizes means you can choose the box that’s the right height for your skill level. Each box gives you 3 different heights for your workouts.
The large box (30/24/20) features 2 internal braces. Bound Plyobox reports the other sizes are sturdy enough without any added support.
The boxes weigh between 15 to 20 pounds and can be easily moved using the cut out handles.
Bound Plyobox is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they focus on making only plyo boxes.
Rep 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box
The Rep Fitness Plyometric Box comes in these 4 sizes:
- 30/24/20 inches
- 24/20/16 inches
- 20/18/16 inches
- 16/14/12 inches
Each box gives you 3 different heights you can use for your workouts. Also, even though the image shows three boxes, this is not a set. Each box is sold separately.
The two largest sizes include internal bracing for extra strength.
All 4 sizes are made with ¾” plywood with pre-drilled holes for the included wood screws. The edges of the plywood boards are sanded for your comfort.
You will have an easy time assembling this plyo box if you have an electric drill.
These are sturdy boxes and can accommodate users weighing up to 400 pounds.
The boxes themselves weigh between 17 to 50 pounds depending upon their size and the internal bracing.
Garage Fit 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box
Garage Fit manufactures 4 sizes of plyometric boxes:
- 20″ x 24″ x 30″ with internal supports
- 18″ x 20″ x 24″ with internal supports
- 16” x 20” x 24” does not require internal supports
- 12″ x 14″ x 16″ does not require internal supports
As we’ve seen with other brands, each box gives you 3 heights you can use for your workouts. Also, even though the image shows four boxes, this is not a set and each box is sold separately.
These plyo boxes are made from ¾” plywood which can support users up to 350 pounds. Garage Fit has predrilled and counter sunk the screw holes so nothing will be sticking above the jumping surface.
The boards have rounded edges so you can jump without thinking about injuring yourself on the edge.
Garage Fit suggests you use wood glue to make your plyo box extra sturdy. They also suggest using an electric screwdriver for easier assembly, though a regular one also works.
Titan Fitness 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box
Titan Fitness supplies their wood plyometric boxes in 3 sizes:
- 12″ x 14″ x 16″
- 16″ x 20″ x 24″
- 20″ x 24″ x 30″
Each box comes with all the screws you need and predrilled holes.
Titan Fitness makes their wood plyo box from plywood with rounded corners and precut hand holds.
Titan Fitness claims the box can be used by anyone, no matter what they weigh. Frankly, that claim seems like a bit of a stretch. Other companies claim their boxes can hold users between 300 – 400 pounds. That seems likely to be the case with this box.
The finished box will weigh between 15 – 38 pounds, depending on its size.
Adjustable Plyo Boxes
Stamina | X Adjustable Height Plyo Box
Stamina Fitness makes this adjustable plyo box with heavy duty steel. It adjusts to heights of 12, 16, 20, and 24 inches and weighs 52 pounds.
The Stamina X is suitable for users up to 300 pounds.
The top platform or landing area is 27 x 18 inches. Unlike 3-in-1 boxes, with this plyo box you always have the same size landing surface for your workout. The top surface is a durable, non-slip rubber surface for jumping on.
The Stamina X comes fully assembled. Just take it out of the box and you are ready to go.
One of the things people worry about with a plyo box is landing off center and having the box tip over. The Stamina X is a sturdy and heavy piece of equipment and users report not having any problems with it tipping.
Titan Fitness X Adjustable Height Step Plyo Box
Titan Fitness manufactures their adjustable plyo box out of heavy duty steel so that it supports users weighing up to 300 pounds.
The unit itself weighs 50 pounds and can be adjusted to heights of 12, 16, 20, and 24 inches.
Because this unit is so sturdy, it will not tip even if you land a bit off center.
The top is a slip-free surface with dimensions of 25 5/8” x 15 5/8”.
No assembly required! It’s ready to use as soon as you remove it from its box.
For easy storage you can collapse the Titan Fitness X down to its 12″ height and set it off to the side of your home gym.
Rep Adjustable Plyo Box 16/20/24
The Rep Adjustable Plyo Box features a square 16” x 16” landing area. You can adjust the height of this box to 16, 20, or 24 inches.
You change the height of the box by setting it on its side and pressing a pin while moving the leg. The adjusting pins are solid (not hollow) steel. It also features spin-lock handles to hold the legs firmly in place and reduce noise during your workout.
This plyo box features rubber feet and a rubber non-slip landing surface.
This unit weighs 40 pounds and can handle users weighing up to 400 pounds.
According to Rep Fitness, you will need about 45 minutes to assemble this plyo box. They include the needed allen wrenches, but you will need to supply your own basic adjustable wrench.
Plyo Box Sets
j/fit Plyometric Jump Boxes
j/fit offers a set of 4 plyometric jump boxes in sizes of
- 12 inches (top is 13 x 13 inches)
- 18 inches (top is 14 x 14 inches)
- 24 inches (top is 15 x 15 inches)
- 30 inches (top is 16 x 16 inches)
As shown in the photo, the base is slightly bigger than the top. Therefore, they are very stable and easily nest for convenient storage.
These plyo boxes are sold in several configurations. For example, you can buy the whole set of 4 boxes. If you don’t need the large size, then you can buy a set of 3 (12, 18, and 24 inches). Also, you can purchase the 3 smaller sizes individually.
J/fit manufactures their plyo boxes with heavy duty steel and features rubber feet and a rubber top piece. Also, this is a welded construction so you don’t have to assemble anything.
According to j/fit the 18 inch plyo box can support up to 800 pounds of static weight.
Titan Fitness 12″ 18″ 24″ Plyometric Box Set
Titan Fitness offers a set of 3 plyometric boxes. The dimensions of each box in the set are:
- height 12”; base 15 7/8” x 15 7/8”; top 13 ¾” x 13 ¾”
- height 18”; base 18 7/8” x 18 7/8”; top 15 ¾” x 15 ¾”
- height 24”; base 21 5/8” x 21 5/8”; top 17 5/8” x 17 5/8”
Each plyo box features solid steel construction with a non-slip top surface.
You will not spend any time assembling these plyo boxes and can start using them right away.
These plyo boxes do not have rubber feet so make sure you use them on a padded, non-slip surface.
Adler Sporting Goods Plyometric Platform Box Set
Adler Sporting Goods offers several sets of plyo boxes in different dimensions.
The set featured here is 3 boxes of 12, 18, and 24 inches with a black finish. A set with a red finish is also available.
The full dimensions for this set are:
- height 12”; base 17” x 17”; top 13” x 13”
- height 18”; base 20” x 20”; top 14 ½” x 14 ½”
- height 24”; base 22.8” x 22.8”; top 16” x 16”
If you want smaller plyo boxes, they offer a set with 3 boxes of 6, 12, and 18 inches.
On the other hand, maybe you want a larger size, then go for the set of 4 with 12, 18, 24, and 30 inch high boxes.
Adler Sporting Goods makes their plyo boxes out of welded steel with a rubber, no skip top surface.
In general, you’ll find you don’t need any accessories to go with your plyo box.
There is one possible exception.
Always be sure you are using your plyometric box on a non-skid surface.
If the surface in your home gym is not suitable, then you should get a workout mat.
One popular option is the ProSource Puzzle Exercise Mat.
These are half inch thick interlocking foam tiles. A package of these covers 24 sq ft which is a good size for putting underneath a plyometric box.
That’s it for this report. I hope you find the information I’ve included here helps you choose the best plyometric boxes for your home gym.