1. Box jumps are a compound, multi-joint exercise. As with exercises like the bench press and squat, when you’re working at 90% of your one-rep max, you won’t be able to perform three sets of 10 at this intensity.

2. When training for explosive power, perform box jumps at a very challenging height for sets of 1–3 reps.

3. This is an all-out-effort move, so recover fully between sets, the same way you would when speed training or squatting for maximal strength.

Muscle group: Combined


1. Stand in an athletic position, with your feet shoulder-width apart, at a comfortable distance from the box.

2. When you’re ready to jump, drop quickly into a quarter squat, then extend your hips, swing your arms, and push your feet through the floor to propel yourself onto the box.

3. Don’t “stick” your landing. Instead, envision the way cats land when they jump from something—you, too, should try to land this quietly.

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