It can be a bit annoying to have plyometrics boxes that are only good for one height. As you progress in training, and as you try out different exercises, you find you need different heights of boxes. This can be a problem, as you soon find yourself gathering quite a collection of plyometrics boxes.
It would be great if we could save money and space by just having a single box that could adjust to any height. If you’re a minimalist like me and just don’t like having more stuff lying around than is strictly necessary, adjustable plyometrics boxes start to sound like the perfect solution.
There are a two companies I am aware of that make adjustable plyometrics boxes. Neither is the better product outright, but they both have different strengths. It depends what you are looking for.
Ader Sporting Goods
First the good stuff: Ader Sporting Goods’ adjustable plyometrics box, like their other plyometrics boxes, is built for quality and durability. It has a non-slip surface made of ridged rubber for safe training. The welded steel construction means it will last for years. And the price of $199 is excellent value; it’s similar to the price of many fixed-height plyometrics boxes, so you’re getting four heights for the price of one.
Now the limitations: it only adjusts to four different heights: 14, 16, 18 and 20 inches. Fortunately, this range is sufficient for most plyometric training most people are likely to be doing. For highly-developed athletes, 20 inches will not be high enough, but for most people most of the time, it is fine. However, if you want an adjustable plyometrics box that goes higher, I would suggest the Power Systems box.
Power Systems box is more versatile. They are able to adjust to any height between 26 inches and 42 inches, in 2-inch increments. You do pay for this extra versatility, though: it is $419.95
It has a good, solid welded steel frame, and a non-slip surface. This surface will inevitably wear down after a certain amount of use, but it can be replaced easily. Power Systems have made it possible to wheel the box around which they claim is for easier trransport. Personally, I think this feature is a bit unnecessary, but I guess some people like it.
One minor problem is that it lacks a gauge to say what height it’s set at. This doesn’t matter too much, really, as you can always measure it manually, and you don’t need to know the number of inches if the height feels right to you.