Getting strong and athletic is pretty simple: lift, sprint and jump. You can sprinkle in some other stuff from time to time, but if you focus most of your efforts on these three things, you’re on the right track.
The jumping part is probably the simplest of them all, too. Box jumps are a straight-forward, outrageously effective exercise for building lower body power. Box jumps also teach the hips, knees and ankles to absorb force, which is huge for injury resistance. But you’d be amazed how so many people can screw up such a simple exercise.
Excuse me for being so cynical, but it pains me to see people miss out on the benefits of box jumps because of a few silly mistakes. My latest article on Stack.com reveals the three most common box jump mistakes and how you can avoid them to ensure you get the most out of your jump training.