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Old 08-14-2008, 07:43 PM   #1
James Neuman
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perfect plyobox: my couch?

I've debated buying/building a plybox for a while, and then on a whim, I decided to measure the height of a couch in my family room. Turns out it's a very suitable height for me, at the moment.

Is there any reason (aside from incurring the wrath of my wife) that I should not use my couch for box jumps? Am I missing something by landing on a relatively soft surface?
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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Re: perfect plyobox: my couch?

I don't think you will be missing anything athletically, but you will probably destroy the couch.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:24 PM   #3
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Re: perfect plyobox: my couch?

James, I use a padded bench (for bench presses), for my box jumps. It's cushioned, but not nearly as much as your couch, probably.

The most limiting factor to my bench is that it wobbles a ton -- which is why I don't use it for benching, oddly enough, heh. But second to the wobbling, the cushion does have an effect on my pace and rhythm with the box jumps.

Ideally I think a rigid surface is probably a better option, as far as time, pace and stability go, but if all else fails, and you're not worried about tearing up the couch, whatever is elevated to the right height will work.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:31 PM   #4
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Re: perfect plyobox: my couch?

I am also using a weight bench right now (21 inches). It doesn't wobble too badly, but I can't go really fast either. A real plyo box, even homemade, is really the safest and most suitable. But like Elliot said, you can really use just about anything. I have used our dining room bench, bleachers, park benches, and old tractor tires. Remember that some couches are sturdier than others, and having yours collapse mid workout wouldn't be a lot of fun.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Re: perfect plyobox: my couch?

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(aside from incurring the wrath of my wife)
That isn't a good enough reason? It's your funeral.

I agree with the above posters - bad for the couch, but no reason why it shouldn't work apart from unstable footing if it's too soft.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:58 AM   #6
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Re: perfect plyobox: my couch?

I made the mistake of telling my wife that I used the couch for box jumps the other day. Strangely, she was not amused and admonished me not to do it again.

But it really was pretty nice, doing the jumping bare-footed on a nice cushion.

Ah well, guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy or make a real box.
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