DIY: Plyo Box

DIY: Plyo Box

Cost: About $40

Time: 2-3 Hours

Difficulty: Medium 

Want to get some bounce in your legs? This 3-in-1 Plyo Box is just what the Doctor ordered. 3-in-1 means 3 different heights, 20″ inch, 24″ inch and 28″ inch, in one box. How amazing is that! Made out of 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood ensures durability for even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast. So, put on your favorite gym shoes, grab your power tools and lets get to work.

Materials Needed:

  • (1) 8′ x 4′ x 3/4″ piece of cabinet grade plywood
  • Skilsaw or table saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Box of 2″ wood screws


  • Dremel Tool
  • Sand paper and dowel or PVC
  • Exacto Knife
  • Poster Board
  • Spray Paint


Step 1: Cut the plywood into the 6 pieces you need. Home Depot or Lowes will do this for you if you do not have your own power tools. Bring this layout so the guys at Home Depot don’t get overloaded with math and Tetris.

  • (2) 28″ x 20″ rectangles
  • (2) 28″ x 22.5″ rectangles
  • (2) 22.5″ x 18.5″ rectangles

Jump box layout

Finished cuts.


Step 2: Do a test build. Set up all the pieces to ensure everything lines up. Re-measure to ensure correct dimensions. Once you glue and screw there is no going back. I pre-drilled holes in all 4 corners for test build ease. See Step 3 for hole placement.


Step 3: Glue and Screw. Measure out and drill pilot holes for your screws. I used 1/16″ bit for pilot holes. Mark and drill 3/8″ from edge to match the seam and 1″ in from corner to prevent the screws from colliding. I used a 5/16″ bit for recess but found it unnecessary.





Step 4: Make a handle. I recommend doing this before you put everything together. I did not. Here is how. I used the 28″x22.5″ piece as the top of the box and the 22.5″x18.5″ as the side I put the handles on. 6″ from the top, centered 12″ from the side. The handle is 1.5″ wide x 5″ long. Rounding the ends adds 3/4″ to each side. I used a cutting bit with my Dremel or you can use a Skill Saw. I rapped some rough sand paper around 3/4″ pvc pipe to smooth the edges.


Step 5: Add your personal touch! This box was made for my wife who runs Virginia Beach Bootcamps. Print your logo, trace it to the poster board, use the Exacto knife to cut it out and spray paint it on. Blamoo!!!


There you have it! Your very own Plyo Box ready for extensive use. Warm up, stretch out and get jumping!! As alway, don’t forget to HYDRATE!


For info on how to make the Slam Ball and Parallettes please click on links. Let me know what you think in the comment section. I hope you liked this tutorial.














DIY: Parallettes

DIY: Parallettes

Cost: About $40

Time: 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Parallettes are great for addition to your home gym. Whether you’re into Crossfit, gymnastics or good ol’ fashion bodyweight routines, this is a must have for the home gym. You can use them for handstand push-ups, push ups, L-sits and many other exercises. Easy to build, lightweight and durable, parallettes are an everyman DIY project.

My wife, a personal trainer and owner of, wanted a new toy for her bootcamp classes and put in her request. I have to earn my home-cooked meals somehow… I give you…home-built parallettes.

Materials Needed:

1 – 10′ x 1.5″ PVC pipes cut into:

12 – 6″ pieces

2 – 24″ pieces

1 – Can PVC cement

4 – 1.5″ 90 degree elbow joints

4 – 1.5″ T joints

8 – 1.5″ PVC caps

1 piece of sandpaper, to clean up edges if you use a hacksaw.

I was able to get everything from Home Depot. You can buy a PVC cutter in the same aisle or ask a employee to cut it for you. They have a high speed cutter that leaves nice edges, plus that’s less work for you. If you do use a hacksaw, you will need to clean up the edges with sandpaper 80-220 grit…shooter’s choice.

Step 1:  Cut the pipe to length and clean up the edges

  10′ x 1.5″ PVC pipes cut into:

       12 – 6″ pieces

       2 – 24″ pieces


Step 2: Glue the 90 degree elbows on to the 24” pieces. Use light glue on the inside outer edge of the angle pieces so the glue is pressed inward.


Note: The glue dries fast and you want the pieces to be aligned. Use the floor as a level and work quickly. The fitting is tight. Once the angles are on the pipe, give it a good tap on the floor to fully seat.


Step 3: Glue the 4 – T-joints on 4 – 6” pieces

Same as before. Light glue and once seated, give it a good tap on the floor to fully seat.

Step 4: Glue the 8 – caps on the remaining 8 – 6” pieces of PVC.


Step 5: Glue the capped pieces onto the T-joints.


Step 6: Glue the legs onto the 24” pieces.

Note: It gets a little tricky to make everything line up perpendicular to each other. Use a angle, a scrap piece of wood or good ol’ Kentucky windage to help line it up.


VUALLA!!!  You have yourself a nice pair…of parallettes. Easy peasy. Now get out your spray paint, paint pen and athletic tape or tennis racket tape to church them up, so you know their yours. Lastly put those bad boys to work! Soon you can use your new found muscles to monkey stomp anyone who even looks at your parallettes wrong.


Let me know what you think. Post your parallette success story, hacks and mods. Good luck and have fun!