Step boxes

bgiac49

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Anyone build your own step boxes. I was thinking of building a box or 2. Wondering what heights worked best. I'll be using for cardio workouts, weighted pack workouts and possibly some plyometric training. I'm shorter, 5'8"with little stumpy legs so if you are 6'+ it'll probably be a spare tabletop for me.
 

Mighty Mouse

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I've built two 20" tall step boxes using the design shown in the attached photo. I'm also 5'8" but with relatively long legs (32" inseam pants) and find this box height to be about right.

These boxes aren't fancy, but they're functional and plenty stout. Top is a 24" square piece of particle board. Legs, angle braces, and X-braces are all 2"×4". I used scraps lying around my garage, but you could build this design with two 8' lengths of 2"×4" (≈$3.00/ea in my neck of the woods), a 24" square piece of particle board/OSB/plywood, and a handful of 2-1/2" drywall screws.
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bgiac49

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I like the bag of concrete with handles!
 

Desk Jockey

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Interesting topic.

I grabbed a 16/14/12 box off amazon before things got crazy. It is fine for basic steps and weighted lunges. A little low for jumping but I am on the taller side so I do most box jump work at 24” in my crossfit gym.

Going to build a 20/24/30 this weekend. Plan is to use this basic template but I am going to rig some kind of internal bracing with plywood or 2x4s. I don’t trust my fat ass to just plywood held together by screws and glue at the edges.

 

nettereo16

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I just use my 48L SHITI Cooler. I put my sandbag inside if worried about flipping it when doing step ups
 

Ridge Runner

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Interesting topic.

I grabbed a 16/14/12 box off amazon before things got crazy. It is fine for basic steps and weighted lunges. A little low for jumping but I am on the taller side so I do most box jump work at 24” in my crossfit gym.

Going to build a 20/24/30 this weekend. Plan is to use this basic template but I am going to rig some kind of internal bracing with plywood or 2x4s. I don’t trust my fat ass to just plywood held together by screws and glue at the edges.

Desk Jockey, my thoughts exactly don't know if I'd trust my 220 to some screws and gorilla glue!
 

MWBaker5

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Will second the internal 2x4's on the 20x24x30 plywood box (used 3/4 plywood). Built one for my daughter to jump train for volleyball. 2x4's make it heavier but, I think you could park a truck on it.
 

bozeman

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Like another mentioned, I just use my Pelican cooler.....put some dumbbells inside and no worries on flipping...I only do step-ups...too old to be jumping.
 
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