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Old 03-18-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
Eric Schreiber
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Best topper for wood plyo box?

I just got a couple of wooden plyo boxes. Does anyone have experience or thoughts to share on what the best landing surfaces would be? I've looked at everything from non-skid tape (for skateboards) which offers good traction, but no impact cushioning--to closed cell foam which is cushiony but possibly slippery when you sweat on it--to the traditional rubber mats most commercial boxes come with. I've seen everything from 1/4" up to a full 1" thickness- what are the pros and cons- and costs? Where is the best place to get the material? Also, does anyone have opinions on staining vs. painting? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:20 AM   #2
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

Funny you asked because I just got done building 9 on those little monsters. Since I was using the 3/4" Stall Mats for my Gym anyway, I used the remnants to make TOPS for my boxes. I contact Cemented them down...but didn't feel that would cut it so added some anchors (SEE PICS) to keep them down.

It was fun to put these together and they will be around long after I have come and gone.

Hope this helps.

P.S...and yes, I got a little 'particular' and Black Satin Painted the washers so they matched the Black Top.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

do you have instructions on how you built yours?
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

wfs : http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf...plyo_boxes.pdf
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:28 AM   #5
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

awesome! thanks!
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

We have 2 20" with horse stall mats on top, and we have one 24" with nothing on top, and its not too bad as far as cushioning. I can't honestly even tell a difference. I was worried about the 24 with no cushioning at first, but I really can't tell a difference during a workout.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:41 AM   #7
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

yes thanks for that link.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:31 PM   #8
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

I guess my past came back to haunt me. I just used grip tape from a skate shop. It works really well for me but I'm the only one using it. I work out in my garage.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:30 AM   #9
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

I'm with Victor. They don't need anything if they are wood.

Also, if you decide to use rubber and contact cement, as long as you apply the contact cement properly there is ZERO chance of ever getting the rubber off so don't worry about further attachment.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:17 PM   #10
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Re: Best topper for wood plyo box?

Thanks Michael (and everyone else) for the responses. Nice boxes! I live in NYC and don't know where the closest place is that sells horse stall mats, but I'll check around. If it's too much hassle, I think I'll try the grip tape. The impact dampening issue can be solved by putting a mat under the box.
For anyone who hasn't seen it, www.thistothat.com gives good information on how best to attach different materials. Now for the jumping part...
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