Home Gym Essentials: The Box

It's time to start building your home gym.


   This weeks handstand push up scale is pictured above.

This weeks handstand push up scale is pictured above.

This week's video for our Wisdom of the Week series is all about scaling the handstand push up. The scale in question has to do with scaling the handstand push up by kneeling on a  box to lighten the load on the shoulders. This allows for an athlete of lesser strength to develop their inverted pushing power through the full range of motion. What a handy trick right? This scale is one of the many ways a box can be utilized to make fitness happen, no matter your caliber as an athlete. The box is a versatile piece of equipment, which is one of the reasons I have it on my short list of home gym essentials.

   An envious garage gym set up.

An envious garage gym set up.

Fitness enthusiasts tend to really love the idea of having their own workout space at home. Yes, the CrossFit box is a magical space where community fosters a thirst for athletes to better themselves, for sure. BUT! Sometimes it snows. Sometimes your kid is sick and you can't leave them, and sometimes you just wanna blast your own stereo and put your nose to the grindstone.  Having a few small pieces of equipment at home is a great option for days like these. But what equipment should you have? 

Well first off, its important to keep in mind that your body on its own can do a lot of damage. Handstand push ups, burpees, squat jumps; these are just a few of the deadly body weight exercises at your disposal. After that, we look for versatile equipment with many functional uses. One of the first items on my list of must-haves for an at home gym is a box, like the one featured in Wisdom of the Week. Aside from hand stand push up scales, a box can be used for many various types of fitness. You can obviously jump on a box as part of a workout. Sit on the edge and use the box for dips. Place the box under a wall mounted or door frame pull up bar to practice jumping pull ups. you can lateral jump over the box. You can grab some dumbbells and do step ups on the box. If you feel like it, you can even flip the box (like a light tire, only more times). 

   Building a box is simple to do, and you'll love the end result.

Building a box is simple to do, and you'll love the end result.

The different uses for a box listed above are just a few of the many things you can use this piece of equipment for. And the best part?? They are cheap and easy to make on your own. A quick google search will provide you with easy step by step directions of how to construct a box, using some screws and a few well-measured pieces of wood. Not too shabby eh?? Go ahead, build yourself a box, snap a picture or video of yourself using our new handstand push up scale, and then show me on the plane ride to Italy, where I will be leading a VoyEdge RX trip this August!

And here's our #WisdomoftheWeek - The first scale on how to do HSPU's. Subscribe to our channel for more information on tackling this coveted movement. 

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