10 Best Plyometric Exercises For Athletes

2. Lateral Box Jump

The lateral box jump is very similar to the front box jump, but instead of moving your body forward, you jump out to the side. Lateral motion in exercises is critical for athletes as it helps to increase overall balance and stability in the hips, ankles, and knees. Lateral movements can also help to improve the ability to change directions or stop quickly.

To perform a lateral box jump, stand next to a box with it positioned directly to your side. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, slightly squat downwards, and explode your body upwards to the side to land on top of the box. Be sure to land gently by keeping your quadriceps engaged. Be sure to complete repetitions on both sides.