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Old 04-05-2006, 08:40 AM   #1
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What are the pro/cons of the two type of boxes? BFS are wood and power-systems are open steel.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:59 AM   #2
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you can EASILY make an equal if not better box yourself rather than buy one from BFS.
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, but this is for an elementary school and I don't want the liablity. All I need is a kid to get hurt on a box I made.

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Old 04-05-2006, 09:16 AM   #4
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:30 AM   #5
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If you get multiple sizes, the steel one "nest" inside each other to take up less space. I'd also feel more comfortable doing weighted movements on them. If cost isn't an issue, PerformBetter makes a cool adjustable step: http://www.performbetter.com/detail....970_A_rnd_E_26
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:46 AM   #6
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Good info!

I'm looking for four 10 or 12 inch boxes and one 20 in box (so I can workout with the kids)

So you are saying the same size BFS wood boxes do not stack inside each other?
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:17 AM   #7
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They do stack. Also, BFS claims that their boxes are safer because if you miss a jump you do not wack your legs on the edge, you slide down the side. Don't know if that's true as I haven't used the open-sided style of box.
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:32 PM   #8
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How old are the kids? My boys are 9 and 10 and I challenged them to do 1000 box jumps between Thanksgiving and Christmas on the box I made which is 20-5/8" high. I mistakenly thought it would be hard for them but it wasn't at all. They quickly developed their technique where they really brought their legs up high when they'd jump, plant their feet, then stand up to full extension (or it didn't count). They'd fire off 20-50 at a time then let the other one take a turn, before long they'd have another hundred done. They finished their thousand before I had the lights on the tree.

If you have a 20" box that you can take in for a day or two so you can let them try it you may avoid buying little boxes that don't get utilized.
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The county PE department has a rule that the box cannot be higher than the students knee :-(
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:04 PM   #10
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Can you get yourself appointed to the PE Department Rules Committee? That's really too bad, you should see those little guys go. They just step up to the box and start jumping. No hesitation at all - unlike the grown-ups that have encounted the same box.
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