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July 1999

July 1999


Box Mania:Jump and Step to Success

by: Jay Butler
Director of Strength and Conditioning, Dartmouth College
© July 1999

As many of you know or have learned through recent instruction, using a plyometic box and associated exercises is a practical way to enhance your athletes' body power, agility and ability to change direction. While the "box" itself is often a simple device, variations of lower body power developers (box jumps) or strength developers (step-ups) are simple to adapt and can be used to add variety, intensity and more sport-specific movement.

About Box Design

Remember, there are many different box designs. The most common box is made of plywood with frame supports on the inside. Some newer options are made of metal frames, some have angled sides so that the boxes stack neatly. Some even have padded surfaces.

To guarantee adequate support and stability, the base of the box should be at least two feet by two feet. The heigh....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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