Box jumps are a plyometric exercise used to create powerful legs. Box jumps are recommended only after a significant level of strength has been achieved with the legs. A common recommendation is to squat 1.5 times your body weight before beginning plometric exercises. Athletes in volleyball and basketball use box jumps to increase their vertical leap – an important component of their sports.
How to Do Box Jumps
- Stand with your feet directly underneath you.
- Make sure your feet are directly beneath you at all times
- Jump up onto the box, landing with the feet directly underneath you
- Immediately jump back down, landing with your feet directly underneath you
- Repeat without pausing during the landing phases
- Just tucking the legs instead of truly jumping
- Hunching and not keeping the chest up