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Deadlifts and box jumps both work your lower body, and we mean intense work. Deadlifts are one of the best things you can do in the gym. Building muscle is crucial when looking to bulk up or slim down, as it burns fat in the process. When done with proper form, your lower back with do most of the lifting while still working 8 other areas — your middle back, glutes, calves, forearms, hamstrings, traps, and quadriceps. So not only are deadlifts efficient, they are also a good way to really test yourself. Because the gym should never be easy.
Box jumps are a plyometric exercise, which is just a fancy way of saying it involves jumping. These mainly work your hamstrings and areas on the back of the thigh. Box jumps are meant to make your muscles extend and contract rapidly. In the video where our resident cross-fit trainer combines deadlifts and box jumps, you notice he stands straight at the end of each jump. So like the deadlifts, box jumps are also about power. But unlike the deadlifts, they are also about speed.
What do you think of this combination of exercises? If you have tried this combination before, how bad were your legs burning after? Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting us @underwearexpert.