Jump on a Great Deal: Rep Fitness 3-in-1 Plyo BoxWood plyo boxes have been the staple of DIY garage gym owners for years. A few simple straight cuts of plywood, a box of screws and you have yourself a plyo box. This made sense given the price to purchase a wooden plyo box.
However, Rep Fitness has come out with a line of 3-in-1 wood plyo boxes that will make you reconsider breaking out the power tools.
Rep Fitness has been around since 2012. Located in Colorado, Rep Fitness is starting to make a name for itself across the country. With quality gear at great prices, check out Rep Fitness the next time you’re looking to add to your garage gym or CrossFit box.
Recently, Rep Fitness sent me a 3-in-1 wood plyo box to test out. I have a DIY plyo box in the garage gym, so I was looking forward to putting a “store bought” box to the test.
|Review of: Rep Fitness Wood Plyo Box||Use: Box Jumps, Box Squats, Plyometrics|
|Effectiveness||Price||Ease of Use||Support|
|Solid, stable & sturdy||Just above cost to build it yourself||Pre-drilled holes make it easy||Instruction card & YouTube tutorial|
|We Like||We Don’t Like|
Construct in 15 minutes
Construction not fool proof
Tough to get screws flush with surface
Costs just above DIY price
|Summary: The 3-in-1 plyo box by Rep Fitness makes it affordable to purchase a plyo box rather than going to the hardware store and doing it yourself. At only $90, it is significantly cheaper than alternative plyo boxes on the market.
The flat-ship box comes with pre-drilled holes and instructions to put together in just 15 minutes. You will need to supply a screwdriver (preferably a power drill) and it is recommended that you use wood glue for added stability.
Overall, I would recommend the Rep Fitness Plyo Box as it is a noticeable step up from a DIY plyo box. The smooth finish, internal bracing and interlocking pieces make it a much better option compared to building it yourself.
|Purchase Rep Fitness Plyo Box for $90|
In my garage gym, I built my own plyo box. However, it has taken a beating and one of the sides had to be reinforced with more screws after landing forcefully on the 30-inch side. I have made it work, but was happy to try out a real plyo box.
The package arrived on my doorstep and it was time to put it to the test. After unpacking the box, I laid out the six sides of the box and the two pieces used for internal bracing. Also included in the box were wood screws and a sheet of instructions.
I also bought Gorilla Glue to be used in addition to the provided screws, as recommended by Rep Fitness.
After laying out the pieces and reading the instructions just to make sure I wasn’t missing something, I started building the box. I applied a thin strip of Gorilla Glue to the edge of a piece and assembled it one by one. The power drill definitely made things very easy with the pre-drilled holes.
The trickiest part of putting it together was getting the screws to be flush with the surface. It was too hard to use a hand screwdriver and a corded power drill was too powerful at times. It took some finesse to get it right, but was doable.
After 15 minutes, the box was assembled. All of the angles were square and it did not wobble on the floor (like my DIY box). After a few workouts of box jumps, it feels very sturdy and will last for many years.
The Rep Fitness 3-in-1 wooden plyo box gets the job done. I’m most impressed with the internal bracing that was used. It is a unique 3-D bracing system that fits perfectly inside the box. The bracing system sits in the middle of each piece to prevent any unwanted bowing when standing in the middle of the box. It feels solid as a tank.
At $90 (plus shipping) for the 30-24-20 box, it beats other plyo boxes on the market. When you take into account the cost of buying a piece of plywood and screws, measuring the six pieces (and not having an internal bracing system), $90 is not too far above that cost, especially when you factor in gas to the hardware store and your time measuring and cutting.
And it you are looking for a lower cost option, Rep Fitness offers four varying sizes of plyo boxes at lower costs. The smaller sizes would also be great for children or others who might need a box lower than 20″.
- 30-24-20 ($90)
- 24-20-16 ($70)
- 20-16-16 ($60)
- 16-14-12 ($45)
Ease of Use
A plyo box is pretty darn easy to use. However, the smooth holes for handles make moving the 50-pound plyo box a breeze. There are also labels on three of the sides to easily tell the height of the box so there is no confusion.
Plus, putting together in less than 15 minutes is awesome. It would take me more than that to get to the hardware store.
There is not much that can go wrong when putting this plyo box together. A one-page instruction sheet comes with the plyo box with instructions and reminders. A quick video is also available by Rep Fitness.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Rep Fitness 3-in-1 wooden plyo box to anyone who works out in a garage and doesn’t want to mess with a DIY box or a CrossFit gym owner who needs a lot of plyo boxes for their members. At a lower cost than the competition and as sturdy as they come, these plyo boxes will not let you down.