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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
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I am looking at plyo boxes online and they seem to come in 2 'varieties'

the 6/12/18 inch and 12/18/24 inch.

What in the world are these used for-or how do we decide what height?

Is it determined by my height or is it something that I will want taller as I improve?

Trying to get myself in order before starting!

Thanks again

Leah
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/11/11 3:45 PM as a reply to CoachLeah1965.
I'm not an expert on these, and I haven't done the P90X2 plyo yet, but I do have One on One Plyocide. In it, Tony, with weights in both hands, jumps off a stand, forcing his legs to stop his weight plus the dumbbell weights. I'm guessing that's what these are used for. You can also go the other direction, jumping up on them. The higher they are, the more power you need to stop (in the first scenario) or to jump up (in the second).

Basically the higher the harder.

If you've been through P90X a couple times or insanity, you probably can start on the 12, and get the 12/18/24. If you want, you can get the smaller one, and just up the weight when doing it.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/13/11 11:14 AM as a reply to Moogle.
Hey Leah,
I saw a preview video in pap, and they use it to step up onto..typically it is the height of just about your knee, so wheny you step up, your hip and knee are fully flexed like a lunge/squat etc. Makes sense? i know its tough they only come in certain sizes, but you can get a short one and stack a pad or something under it heighten it, or opposite, step down to something higher if you need a larger box.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/22/11 8:45 PM as a reply to CoachLeah1965.
i built my own pyo box
when its on a short side its 20 inch tall
and 24 on the tall side
its very easy to make and a whole lot cheaper than buying them
probally about 50-60$ for matrials
just do a youtube search or google how to build plyo box
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/26/11 5:17 PM as a reply to djDB23.
djDB23:
i built my own pyo box
when its on a short side its 20 inch tall
and 24 on the tall side
its very easy to make and a whole lot cheaper than buying them
probally about 50-60$ for matrials
just do a youtube search or google how to build plyo box


I went to Home Depot and bought a meter box for $20. It works great for most of the moves. If I need higher I have a nice sturdy chair.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/27/11 9:35 AM as a reply to coachladdyboy.
coachladdyboy:
djDB23:
i built my own pyo box
when its on a short side its 20 inch tall
and 24 on the tall side
its very easy to make and a whole lot cheaper than buying them
probally about 50-60$ for matrials
just do a youtube search or google how to build plyo box


I went to Home Depot and bought a meter box for $20. It works great for most of the moves. If I need higher I have a nice sturdy chair.


What is a meter box? I don't see this on Home Depot's website.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/27/11 12:10 PM as a reply to mikec8785.
Meter box is that cheap plastic thing that covers whatever pipes in your yard etc. Most of them are flush with the ground like your water or when the cable guy turns your stuff on / off. Meter box is like an elevated version of it. Basically like a slightly larger plastic bucket.

I'm thinking of just investing in some plyo boxes. From doing plyocide it's too easy if it's too low, so you want something with decent height, a chair at least. (and not a low one)

I have some cheap wooden wal mart chairs that have been sufficing. They're a little nerve racking though cause they shake a little bit. I'd use foldable metal ones but they seem pretty low. Gives you a nice glute burn the higher it is.

I think with PAPs you want something sturdy as well. You have 6-8 weeks before you really need plyo boxes for paps though. I'm just going to save 10 bucks from each paycheck for a while and buy some. Can't really waste money if it's spent on anything fitness right?
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/28/11 8:05 AM as a reply to Jacob83.
Sephiros:
Meter box is that cheap plastic thing that covers whatever pipes in your yard etc. Most of them are flush with the ground like your water or when the cable guy turns your stuff on / off. Meter box is like an elevated version of it. Basically like a slightly larger plastic bucket.

I'm thinking of just investing in some plyo boxes. From doing plyocide it's too easy if it's too low, so you want something with decent height, a chair at least. (and not a low one)

I have some cheap wooden wal mart chairs that have been sufficing. They're a little nerve racking though cause they shake a little bit. I'd use foldable metal ones but they seem pretty low. Gives you a nice glute burn the higher it is.

I think with PAPs you want something sturdy as well. You have 6-8 weeks before you really need plyo boxes for paps though. I'm just going to save 10 bucks from each paycheck for a while and buy some. Can't really waste money if it's spent on anything fitness right?


Thanks for the info.

Based on the other thread I started about plyo boxes I'm just going to build one. It should cost about $60-$70 for a nice one (Google how to build a plyo box, there are instructions from a Cross Fit site). I'm going to just make a 20" box because that's the highest I can make without hitting my head on the ceiling.

I watched PAPs last night and think plyo boxes are needed, too. I agree that money spent on fitness is worth it, that's why I'm not really minding purchasing a lot of equipment for X2 because I'm looking to get the best possible results.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/28/11 12:39 PM as a reply to CoachLeah1965.
I don't want to de-rail the thread, but this is the first I have heard of needing plyo boxes. I'm starting X2 on the 9th & haven't previewed all the dvds, but I didn't see anything in the literature about plyo boxes, although I did only scan through it. Are there alternatives to using plyo boxes? I don't think I can fit anymore fitness equipment in my 1000 sq ft apartment.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/28/11 1:48 PM as a reply to CoachLeah1965.
You can use most types of chairs in their place. You just need something pretty sturdy as you will be putting a lot of weight on it. Check out the depth charge exercise in Plyocide and you will see the basic type of move that is done on the plyo box. I used a chair for that move since I don't have a plyo box yet and it worked just fine.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/29/11 7:20 AM as a reply to thevandal.
You'll need plyo boxes for plyocide and PAPs workouts in phase 3.

Plyocide uses a plyobox for 1 move so you can easily get away with using a sturdy chair. Just make sure the chair doesn't shake and that it comes up to your knee cap or slightly higher. Anything lower and it sort of defeats the purpose in being too easy.

PAPs I'm not yet familiar with but it looks like they use it for a few more moves. I'm looking to invest in a plyo box because PAPs looks like a whole different animal, and you're holding weights while on the plyo box from what I understand, so I don't trust a chair for that.
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RE: Can we talk plyo boxes? Height?
12/29/11 12:33 PM as a reply to CoachLeah1965.
Thanks for the relies, but definately not the answers I was looking for. I live in a tiny apartment & was already concerned about having the 3 medicine balls, a basketball, and a stability ball added to my living room/gym which was already equiped with two sets of speed dumbells, a pull up bar, a treadmill & resistance bands. To add to that, the only chairs I have in the house are tall bar chairs for a high top table and one desk chair which swivels & is on wheels.
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