Getty Images Wavebreakmedia  When you see a plyo box, what exercise do you think?
Chances are, you introduce box jumps.
and maybe step-ups. But let's be honest: no one wants a bulky device that only lets you do one or two things. It's understandable how you could do that – Boxing jumps are great to build up explosive power and train your fast-twitch muscles – but this particular device has so much more to offer.
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"A Plyo Box Can Be Unbelievably Versatile" Adam Rosante C.P.T., tells Menshealth.com . "In addition to boxing jumps, you can do a full-body workout, even if you have no other equipment."
That's a nice key because variety is important in both your workout and in your life. "It's important to prevent injuries and plateaus," says Rosante. Not to mention that switching the routine stops boredom; He hopes to keep you from using your plyo box as a gym chair to park there as you scroll through Instagram, he adds.
If you do not have one already, Rosante suggests a versatile foam box like this one from Rogue, as you can position it in three different heights (20, 24 and 30 inches).
Foam can be gentler on your joints and can save your shins if you accidentally catch your toe with a jump. However, you should not use a foam box on a smooth floor (think of wood, tiles or smooth concrete), as this requires some grip to prevent it from slipping out of under you. If this is the only area you have, he suggests a wooden box like this from Rep Fitness.
To get rid of the standard box-spring doldrums, Rosante has put together the following circuit. To serve as a full workout, you can only use the platform. You can also incorporate some of the steps into your own, a la carte style. If you continue with the first step, do the exercises for the prescribed number of repetitions in a row, leaving as little break as possible between the moves while still being able to stay in good shape. Break between rounds 45 seconds; complete 4 laps.