You do not necessarily need any plyometrics equipment but by implementing certain items such as plyometric boxes, barriers and cones you can take your sports performance to a new level.
Plyometric training in itself can be a risky type of fitness training if not done with proper supervision.
But it is also widely regarded as one of the most flexible types of fitness training.
Almost any plyometrics training can be done either outside, inside or both. All you need to ensure is that some basis guidelines are followed.
So before getting into the types of plyometrics equipment you can use lets take a look at the surfaces you should do your plyometrics drills on.
You need to ensure that you have space to perform your plyometrics drills properly and have a surface that is level and firm but allows for some absorption of shock on your joints.
Never make the mistake of performing your plyometric drills, plyometric exercises, etc. on very hard surfaces, such as concrete. Plyometric training on this type of surface may cause numerous types of injuries to your lower body.
Plyometric training puts extreme force on your joints and muscles due to the types of jumping, hopping, etc. that you do.
The best types of surfaces to perform your plyometrics training on are:
You also need to ensure that the area you've chosen to perform your
plyometric fitness training is clear of all types of obstacles.
Probably the biggest advantage to plyometrics fitness training is the fact that you only need a very limited amount of equipment.
If you don't have any of this plyometrics equipment available, you can easily adjust your plyometric drills to use what you do have.
Plyometrics cones can vary in height from 8 inches all the way up to 2 feet. The cones are used to jump over. The only thing to remember about cones are that you should get the ones that are somewhat flexible.
Flexible cones won't cause any injuries if you accidentally land awkwardly on them. Hard un-flexible ones may cause injuries if landed on.
Plyometrics boxes for a lot of different types of plyometric drills sometimes will have to be custom made, but they are still very basic types of plyometrics equipment.
For the most part you should
have plyometric boxes that range in height from about 6 inches up to 2
feet in height. These plyometric boxes can be made from 3/4 inch plywood
or some other strong but flexible wood.
If you are a well conditioned athlete with good strength and flexibility in your lower body, you could use plyometric boxes that are up to 42 inches in height.
In addition to the height of your plyometric boxes, you need to make sure that each one you use has a good sized landing area on top of them.
The best size for most people would be about 18 inches by 24 inches.
can use a larger landing area if you like, just make sure you don’t use
plyometric boxes that have a smaller surface than this.
The top of your plyometric boxes must have some type of non-slip surface to prevent slips and injuries. Here are a few ways to do this if you plan on making your own plyometric boxes: Put stairway anti-slip material on top; glue on some type of thin rubber material or combine a sand and paint mix to put on top.
There are different types of manufactured plyometric boxes you can use for your plyometrics drills such as
Gymnastics equipment such as foam barriers can also be considered plyometrics equipment.
You can make your own barriers to use during your plyometric drills by making them out of styrofoam sheets or by putting a wooden broom handle on top of a couple cones.
Upper body plyometric exercises can make good use of medicine balls that are easy to grip and are of varying weight.
Obviously if you are doing your plyometric training outside the best equipment would simply be the stairs in any sports stadium or athletic training field. But again, even when using stairs make sure you walk up them first to make sure they are completely safe and not slippery.