Strength Training With Box Jumps

August 31, 2011

You've arranged the exercises in your routine about every way imaginable and have reached the point where you can't slap a pair of 1 pound plates on the barbell. Time to make a major change in your routine. A study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport suggests that plyometric training can help you improve your one rep max (1RM).

Scientists conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies that examined the strength performance of subjects who engaged in plyometrics for at least 10 weeks encompassing more than 15 sessions with a minimum of 40 jumps per session. They found that strength increases for men and women were realized independent of fitness level, and the greatest gains were achieved when plyometrics was combined with weight training.

If this kind of workout raises the bar on your 1RM, it has to be worth a try! To see how plyometric training can bring your hams up, check out today's Breaking News post at