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How to Build a DIY Plyo Box for CrossFit

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Want to improve your CrossFit performance but can't afford a Plyo box? Don't worry; you only need a few basic supplies to construct one at home on your own! Strength, explosiveness, and coordination can all be enhanced by using a plyometric box. Whether you're a seasoned Crossfitter or just starting, learning how to construct a Plyo box is a fun and inexpensive method to maximize your results in the gym. Look below for everything you need to know about building and using this vital apparatus!

What Is a Plyo Box

Plyo boxes are workout equipment explicitly developed to improve health and fitness. Depending on your goals, you can choose between small, medium, or large versions to work on specific areas of your legs. Plyo boxes are available in various shapes and sizes, but the most common is a cube used for performing jump exercises (thus the name). Instead of bouncing around aimlessly, these boxes stabilize plyometric exercises like jumps and quick lateral hops. Plyo boxes are versatile exercise equipment that may be used as a bench or step stool for exercises like lunges and push-ups, among many others.

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Benefits of Using a Plyo Box for CrossFit Exercises

Including Plyo box works into your CrossFit routine can be a highly beneficial way to get in shape. Coordination, agility, and balance are all aided, as are the major muscle groups' strength and power. The explosive motions involved have also been linked to a quicker rate of fat loss. Exercises like these also boost your metabolism, making your body more efficient at shedding extra fat and calories. In addition, Plyo boxes are less expensive than more significant pieces of equipment like treadmills, exercise bikes, or rowers, and they take up less space on the floor than more basic equipment like weights or benches. All things considered, Plyo boxes are a great addition to any CrossFit workout plan.

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What You Will Need :

  • Drill with a 3/32-bit 
  • A Saw 
  • 4' x 8' 3/4" Plywood 
  • 10# 2.5" Wood Screws 
  • Wood Glue 
  • Sandpaper

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Step 1: Measure and Cut the Plywood

Start by measuring and cutting your plywood. To avoid making mistakes when cutting, trace each part on the board first. The third set of boards has 18.5" sides instead of 20". This is because it will be sandwiched between two.75" thick boards, and if it isn't shortened somewhat, the boards won't align properly.

Step 2: Sand Down any Rough Edges

This part helps ensure that all your pieces go together smoothly.

Step 3: Pre-Assemble the Box 

If the boards have been cut squarely and sanded down, the finished box should be able to be placed flush against a wall. It may be necessary to cut or sand to remove significant gaps or fix other irregularities. If you wait any longer, you'll have an inoperable box.

Step 4: Glue All The Pieces Together

Do we need glue if we're going to screw this box together? Definitely, and here are two excellent reasons. First, you'll have difficulty drilling and screwing into a box that glue doesn't keep together. Second, using high-quality wood glue will make the product sturdy and long-lasting. After the adhesive cured, I could walk around with my box just by standing on it. By the way, heed the bottle's directions for drying time, as the glue may take several hours to cure fully. Avoid acting hastily.

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Step 5: Drill Pilot Holes

You could drive a wood screw straight through the plywood with enough muscle or a power drill. Nonetheless, the possibility of splitting the board or getting off-center is relatively high. 

Always remember to take measurements and label objects. 

Aim to use roughly 3–4 screws on the shorter sides and 6–8 screws on the longer ones. Start drilling when you've marked and measured the appropriate locations. This step may require some patience.

Step 6: Screw the Box Together

This should be simple if you've already drilled straight down into the board for your pilot holes and have a fully charged drill. Watch for cracks in the wood as you drive the screws in. Remove any loose screws and patch the holes with putty and wood glue. 

Skipping a few screws is preferable to breaking a board and starting over. 

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Building Your Plyo Box

As you can see, constructing your Plyo box is a simple and inexpensive way to improve your CrossFit routine. You may extend the life of your Plyo box by using suitable materials, following the directions, and being careful. Doing it yourself will save you money and time, making you like woodworking more. When it comes to a CrossFit workout, a Plyo box is a must-have piece of equipment. After its creation, you may discover that having a Plyo box improves your fitness journey by injecting new exercises into your routine effortlessly. We have a great range of gummies that can assist with energy, sleep, and stress, and you can check them out on our website if you're feeling exhausted after a workout. These delectable morsels will give you the sustained energy and sharp mental clarity you need to complete your workout routine. The next logical step after constructing your Plyo box is to visit us.

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