Will get you stronger Legs.
Jumping increases your strength and muscle tone, and builds both upper body and lower body strength like crazy. Box jumps force you to jump high enough that you’re forced to use every single muscle in your legs (as well as your arms) to propel you up.
You’ll be sore after the first few times doing them—but don’t worry, your legs will quickly gain massive strength from there.
They’ll prepare you for other sports.
Box jumps will improve your vertical jump, speed, and endurance, as well as increase your coordination to help you excel in any sport you try.
If you’ve ever tried them, you’ll know what I mean—you learn to boost your coordination quickly since it’s all too easy when you’re tired to almost miss the box entirely and hit your shins on the front edge. Ouch.
They blast calories and melt fat.
When you jump, your body burns 800 to 1,000 calories an hour (compare that to 200 to 300 calories burned per hour while walking).
And since high intensity jumping such as box jumps stimulates changes in mitochondria (where fuel is converted into energy), your body will burn fat before carbohydrates— good news for anyone trying to lose weight.
They’ll keep you strong and balanced into old age.
No desire to fall and break your hip later on in life? Then start doing box jumps today.
Since box jumps aid in balance, they’ll protect you from injury into old age. Plus, they’ll keep your bones strong and healthy for life.
They make you look like a badass.
While you may never be able to jump as high as the guys on YouTube or as an athlete at first, but being able to jump high and repeatedly is pretty freaking cool.
I’d put it right up there with pull ups and burpees as one of the most badass exercises ever.
They can be done equipment-free.
Don’t want to buy/make your own box, and don’t have access to one at a gym? Don’t worry, you don’t actually need a box to do box jumps.
Simply find a high enough bench, or some stairs, or a table if you’re that good—and get jumping.
If you’re wondering, I typically use a 20″ box. Depending on your level, most women should start with a 14″ or 18″ box, and guys should start with a 20″ or 24″ box.
They’re fun (really)!
Why? Because jumping reminds us of being kids, and playful activities keep you young.