Anti-Gravity: The Bench/Box Jump
Jumping is a measure of athletic performance, a path to improved fitness, and a great assessment tool for basic movement patterns. Correct jumping mechanics lead to increased bone density, greater speed and power, and improved weightlifting and gymnastics. Incorrect box jump form can lead to injury and often carry over to flawed weightlifting and gymnastics mechanics.
The bench/box jump is one of many jumping exercises we incorporate into personalized workout plans on the KINETICOACH fitness app for iPhone users. There's no need to limit yourself to a bench or box — stairs, sturdy tables, or park benches make great targets when you’re learning how to do a box jump. You can also incorporate box jump variations, like burpee box jumps.
Correct Box Jump Form
Feet approximately hip-width apart (feet under butt cheeks) with toes pointed forward
Bow slightly forward, bend knees, and reach hips back
Knees track in-line with feet, and heels stay on ground
Keep chest tall while reaching arms back
Swing arms forward and jump
Raise knees forward and up; lead with the knees
Land with feet forward and knees in-line with feet
Step down keeping knees in-line with feet
A common error with jumping and landing mechanics is allowing the ankles and knees to collapse. While preparing to do a box jump, keep the feet flat on the ground, and ensure that the knees track in-line with the feet (think of spinning the knees outward to keep them in-line with the feet). A good way to stay safe while learning how to do a box jump is to keep the feet together with toes facing forward during jumping and landing.
KINETICOACH discourages jumping down from the bench/box during workouts for most individuals. If you are diligent with your ankle and achilles mobility, then occasionally jumping down with correct mechanics can be safe. But increased rep volume and/or height, combined with poor ankle and achilles mobility, can lead to injury.
The box/bench jump is one of more than 140 exercises used in KINETICOACH workouts, each accompanied by professional tutorials and exercise GIFs. Download the best gym workout app today and experience the benefits of box jumps as part of your weekly exercise plan!
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