Since Instagram is so popular right now, I decided to put together a 22-day series of quick educational posts.

For the next 22 days I will post a quick video or photo that will cover various topics; from fitness to nutrition to living a healthy lifestyle.

The goal is to share some fitness and wellness information that will help you with your health-related goals.

DAY 3 OF 22

Today’s post is about Box Jumps.

Box Jumps are a great plyometric movement that challenges your conditioning and improves your vertical power.

Take off – Go into a quarter squat position and “throw” your arms down and then up to incorporate the entire body into the exercise.

Landing – Land soft (like a cat) and on the balls of the feet. Box jumps are easy on the joints because their is less eccentric load upon landing.

Personally, I prefer people step down after landing…most of the injuries I’ve heard of with box jumps occur when people jump off the box. So please be careful coming off the box.

They are also easily scalable…simply use a smaller box to accommodate your abilities.

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Doug Balzarini 


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).  

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, CrossFit Level-1 Training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

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