The Best Exercise To Help You Lose Weight; Box Jumps

fitness-boot-camp-monmouth-county-njIt seems as though at least 2x a week, Eddie has us jumping on boxes in his ZONE 360 boot camp workouts.  As much as we may hate them, box jumps are an incredible training technique to torch calories, melt fat, improve endurance and help us develop a stronger, leaner physique.

Box jumps are a common exercise in cross training workouts because they offer so many benefits at one time, some of which we listed above.  The primary muscles worked in jumping are the quadriceps (front part of your thigh), but box jumping also engages your core muscles as well as your arms as you use them to propel yourself up.

Overall, box jumping increases your strength and develops muscle tone.   This exercise is very demanding on the fitness-boot-camp-monmouth-countymetabolic system making it a great for maximizing fat loss. Athletes have a lot to gain from box jumps.  This is a great conditioning tool for any athlete that will improve your vertical jump, speed, explosive power, endurance and coordination.

Box jumping can burn 800 to 1,000 calories an hour (compare that to 200 to 300 calories burned per hour while walking). And since high intensity exercises such as box jumps stimulate changes in mitochondria (where fuel is converted into energy), your body will burn fat before carbohydrates— good news for anyone trying to lose weight.

About ZONE 360 Boot Camp in Monmouth County

ZONE 360 boot camp is a cross training fitness program developed by fitness expert Eddie Albert.  Eddie is a CrossFit athlete in Monmouth County NJ with more than 25 years in the fitness business.  A former body builder and Mr. New Jersey title holder,  Eddie is a sought out fitness coach for one-on-one personal training and his high intensity boot camp program.

ZONE 360 boot camp is based on Eddie’s passion for traditional strength training and modern CrossFit style cross-training.  He developed a program that can be scaled for any fitness level and one that would bring his love of both sports together.

Tips to Improve Your Box Jump

Boot Camp Training in Monmouth County – Box Jumps

The box jump is a staple exercise in our cross training boot camp.  In any given week, you’ll find them in a number of our boot camp training sessions.  Box jumps are a great cardiovascular workout, they help increase your explosive power and can improve certain olympic lifts.

Even though the idea of a box jump may sound simple – jumping from the floor to the top of the box, just like any exercise, your form is key in mastering this move.

Below are a few tips for performing this exercise with the proper form.

1) Don’t stand too far from the box- you will end up sacrificing height for distance (i.e. box bite)

2) Keep feet close together, about hip width apart or less

3) Keep your head, neck and back in a straight line- don’t look down. use your eyes, not your head, to confirm your target

4) To gain momentum, dip into a half squat and use your arms to propel you up

5) When it comes to the landing- you don’t want to ‘stick it’. You should try to land as soft as possible

6) Never land in a full squat- that will put pressure on your knees and spine

7) Upon landing- stand up to a full flexion of the hip- that is how to complete the jump

About Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County

We are a true cross training facility featuring 3,ooo sf of truing space, 25 yards of real turf, two rigs from Rogue Fitness, more than a dozen medicine balls from Dynamax, a giant selection of kettle bells ranging from 18 pounds to 70 pounds, barbells for men and women, an enormous stack of plates, boxes, giant tires, a full dumbbell rack, ropes, sledge hammers, rowers, jump ropes, squat and press stands, and plenty, plenty more..

The cornerstone of Ultimate Fit Zone is our original Zone 360 boot camp workout, a unique, Cross Training boot camp system.