Box jumps are one of the favorite exercises of CrossFit athletes. This is because they are efficient, will get you gasping for breath and sweaty within a short time in addition to their flexibility in scaling for different fitness levels.
Doing box jump CrossFit exercise is easy because all you need is a plyometric box or simply a sturdy-raised surface onto which you can jump and land with both feet then straighten your legs at the top position. After that, jump back down and immediately spring back the fastest you can. If you have knee problems or feel a bit uncomfortable, you can step back down from the box instead of jumping down.
The height of the box will be determined by your current level of fitness. However, a majority of women prefer to start with a box height ranging from 14 to 18 inches while men tend to start at the height of 20 to 24 inches.
You can begin with 3 or 4 sets of about 10 to 20 box jumps 4 times a week. Alternatively, you can add them to your high-intensity impact CrossFit training workouts. Here are 5 reasons why box jumps are simply loveable.
Strengthen Your Calves
Jumping up and down the box enhances your muscle tone and strength as well as build your lower and upper body strength. Doing box jumps means your body is forced to jump high enough while at the same time using every single muscle in your legs to lift you up atop the box.
Calorie Burning and Fat Blasting
Jumping at a fast pace causes your body to burn approximately 800 to 1000 calories every single hour. This will compare to the calories you burn (200 to 300) per hour while walking. High-intensity jumping stimulates mitochondrial changes causing your body to prioritize fat burning before carbohydrates. This is great news for anyone wanting to lose weight.
Balance and Coordination in Old Age
None of us wants to be a weakling in life, but rather healthy and active all the way to our senior years. To achieve this, you should continuously be active and enhance your strength, coordination, and balance. Box jumps aid in balance and protects you from injury as you age. Additionally, they keep your bones strong and healthy for a solid life.
They Don’t Need Equipment
The excuse of not having CrossFit exercise equipment should not surface in box jumps because you can still do them, even with a high bench or stairs. Just ensure the surface is steady so that it doesn’t move while you are jumping which may result in injuries.
They Enhance Your Athletic Abilities
Box jump CrossFit exercise enhance your vertical jump, endurance, and speed. These are fitness attributes that fit into any sport including surf, skateboard, and basketball. The level of coordination you build while working out will give you a front edge in any other activity.
If you see no reason at all to do box jumps, think about the fun that comes with realizing that you can actually jump high. This will certainly bring out your inner kid!