Before I tell you why using a Plyo Box is a great way to get a full-body workout, let me tell you what it is. Even though many of you might have seen it at your gym or in fitness influencers’ pictures, not many seem to know the name of this versatile piece of equipment.
A Plyo Box or plyometric box is a sturdy box that most gyms have. These boxes are designed to increase speed, power, coordination, and explosiveness without needing additional equipment. They are also a great supplement to your regular strength training routine. They are especially beneficial and important for training in specific sports such as basketball, sprinting, and golf.
Even though many lower-body plyometric exercises utilize a box of some sort that you jump on and off, they’re so versatile that you can spend an entire gym session using just the Plyo Box and still get a full-body workout that hits on all the areas you’re working to strengthen or improve.
While the Plyo Box is designed for supporting jumping exercises – based on how it is named after plyometric which means expanding and contracting rapidly – it can also double as a bench-like tool.
Whether you’re doing lunges, dips or pushups, the Plyo Box adds a level of resistance that powers your workout from tough to even tougher in intensity. It also promotes stability and endurance in your regular moments with the addition of just that one box.
Advantages of Plyometric Training
Like I mentioned using a Plyo Box with exercising – which is know as Plyometric training – is a great way of developing explosive power and increasing your vertical jump.
- Increased Strength: Using the Plyo Box helps exert maximum force in short intervals because of which strength and power can be achieved through explosive movements, especially in the lower body.
- Cardio Endurance: Because it helps you to exert maximum force in short intervals, your muscular power and explosiveness increase, thus, improving your cardiovascular endurance.
- Fat Loss: Because the explosiveness is high in Plyometric training, it helps you burn extra calories and keeps your heart rate high during the workout intervals. The workout utilizes the whole body and activates most muscle groups, therefore burning many calories in a single session and aiding in weight loss.
- Toned Leg Muscles: Plyometric workout includes repetitive jumping and landing which causes your entire leg muscles to contract, which in turn, helps improve overall tone and definition of your leg muscles.
Plyometric training and workout are ideal for athletes or for people looking to improve muscular power, speed and strength. They also help facilitate weight loss and help tone and define your muscles while helping you understand your exercises better. You don’t need fancy equipment to get all your muscles engaged. Come back next week to learn some Plyo Box exercises and you will set for a good workout with just one piece of simple equipment.