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Crossfit Equipment: Review of the Rogue Jump Box
One of the (many) things I bought from rogue fitness is the rogue jump box. If you also consider to purchase it, I hope my lines help you to make a better decision. I exercise 6 days a week, run marathons and crossfit in a local gym. I am about to turn thirty, stepfather of two teenagers and work in software sales to give you a bit of background who is writing this review.
As with all of the rogue products the shipping to Ireland took about two weeks after purchase. Pay attention that their storage in Finland does not necessarily have all of the items in stock which are available through the American web page. This can be disappointing for some items, especially when it comes to apparel, shoes & barbells where you have a much wider selection in the USA. To stick to topic the delivery can be tracked and everything was properly packed and without damage on delivery. So far I can say this about everything I have purchased from rogue.
The box is assembled with seven wooden boards which are screwed together. The holes for the screws are pre drilled and the screws have the right size and thickness. Rogue also does not safe on screws as the box comes with plenty, where it would be easy to cheat by delivering you a few less. The boards themselves are thick and seem to be good quality as far as I can tell, but do not take my word for it, as I am not a wood expert. I was able to assemble the box by myself in our kitchen using a hand screw driver. Be aware that it is easier to assemble the box laying on the side rather than fitting the final panel on the top of it. Total time from unpacking to finished box was roughly half an hour. Our dog also got some excitement out of it. I am a lefty and underwhelming when it comes to DIY skills. If I can assemble this, you can do it too.
The box itself is very heavy so do not consider to buy it if you are just starting out with crossfit as you won’t be able to move it easily. I Squat 130 kg and bench 100kg and I dread moving the thing out to do my jumps. You want a flat surface to jump on. Do not jump on your decking. Decking, especially after the rain, frost, mist basically anything involving water, has the nasty tendency to develop a slippery film. The box will just scoot away beneath you and you will hurt yourself. I would also recommend to place the box against a wall to prevent it from moving too much when you are exercising. Once in place the box is a useful tool to jump on, jump down or practice your squat by squatting onto it. If you work out at home and have kettlebells I recommend Goblet Squats onto the box to improve your overall form.
The stability of the box comes at the price of not being able to dissemble it for storage and its heaviness. It is clunky and takes away a lot of space. You also can not open the box to store your equipment inside of it. A fact that disappointed my girlfriend a great deal when she smiled “Oh is that to store all your stuuf in” “No, it is a box to jump on”. Yes, that is the kind of craziness crossfitters live by.
The box itself comes in at 132€. This is quite pricey and as if you are not serious about your training you might want to consider to get something else for that money out of which you can get more use. I can definetly say that it is worth the money, if you are not a DIY king and just could get the planks from the local woodies and create this yourself.
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