I recently picked up a book, Fire Your Gym! (by Andy Petranek and Roy M. Wallack), which lays out the case for doing CrossFit inspired workouts at home. I really enjoyed my time years ago at CrossFit Amplify, but my biggest issue was having to be at the gym at a specific time. This book allows me to do a workout plan at home, on my own time.
One of the simplest of exercises that still requires specialized equipment (sort of) is the box jump. Box jumps are scalable (differing heights for differing skillsets), burn calories, build leg strength, aid with balance, and are fun as hell. Even if you’re not a CrossFit aficionado, they are great training for pretty much all sports.
Another positive to doing it at home is that I can add to the CrossFit Garage Gym I’ve been putting together over the years. This go-around I decided to build my own plyometrics box, used for box jumps. You can buy a plyo box, but they aren’t cheap and it’s more fun to DIY anyway.
Here’s what you need to make a plyo box at home: a sheet of 3/4″ plywood, wood glue, wood screws, tools to cut the wood and tools to screw it all together. The most expensive thing I bought was the plywood at $30. I had Home Depot cut it into the six rectangles I needed (some places charge to make the cuts, mine didn’t).
Want to make your own? Find instructions online – I used the ones I found on the Art of Manliness website.