The Idiot Box

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The top box in the stack is either a 36- or 42-inch plyo box. If you have either one, please put them away. In fact, unless you are training some great athletes, put your 30-inch box away too. I have dubbed the big plyo boxes “Idiot Boxes”. Idiot boxes are jumped on by young men (it is always young men) looking to show off.boxes
I have begun to refer to them as “skin donors”. I can tell you something for sure. If CSI showed up and dusted the high plyo boxes for DNA most of these boxes would test positive. There was a time when my athletes and I were foolish just like everyone else and did these foolish exercises. After coaching a few “skin donors” I realized that what mattered was the movement of the center of mass, not the height of the box. I no longer own a 36-inch box but, I own lots of 18’s, 24’s and a few 30’s. Our rule is simple. Jimmy Radcliffe said it best; “jump and land from the same position”. This means that the take-off and landing should look identical. If you jump from a ½ squat, land in a half squat.

I could post a few videos but, don’t want to get sued. Just YouTube “box jumps” if you want to see foolishness in action.

Remember, jump and land from the same position.

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Michael Boyle, MS, CSCS, ATC is a former strength and conditioning consultant with the Boston Red Sox and founder of Michael Boyle Strength and Conditioning – http://www.bodybyboyle.com/

 

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