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About Jumping into Plyometrics . . .
This book intriduces the topic of plyometrics. It discusses the different types and categories of jumps as well as the varying intensities. It even gives sport specific plyos as well as sample programs. It is an excellent resource for the Strength & Conditioning professional. To begin with, you get a little history and physiology of plyometrics. Then the author dicusses some of the basic nomenclature of plyometric training, along with the equipment that is needed.
The important part, of course, is the exercises themselves and the program design. There are 100 exercises, each of them identified by symbols that show what sport can benefit most by a particular exercises. The exercises are divided into different sections: Jumps-in Place, Standing Jumps, Multiple Jumps, Box Drills, Bounding, and Medicine Ball. There is also a Sport-Specific chapter and sample programs for some top athletes. Programs include those designed for Lindsay Davenport (Women's pro tennis player), Rex Walters (NBA Basketball player), and Anthony Munoz (All-Pro offensive tackle). It includes information and exercises that can be implemented immediately into most strength and conditioning programs.
While this book is geared towards helping athletes from any sport streamline their conditioning to gain more power through explosive movement training, it's also filled with great exercises that can be done by any advanced exerciser. A knowledgeable workout veteran can even tailor these moves to be for less advanced exercisers, and what better way to reach your next level of conditioning than with plyometrics? It's a form of training that has taken a lot of heat for being too risky or damaging to the body, but he presents such an incredible variety of moves you don't have to put stress on your body to get results. If you have problems with your knees, back, etc there are still plenty of great, challenging moves for you to use. The book also does a great job of teaching you about how muscles work and how plyometrics effect them so you understand why you're doing what you're doing. Since exercise is as much mental as physical, this will help you progress further and reach higher levels of fitness.
First practiced by the dominant Eastern Bloc athletes of the 1970s, today plyometrics has become a mainstream form of training used by serious athletes around the world. The reason is that plyometrics offers athletes at all levels a proven, straightforward way to enhance their athletic abilities and to get an edge on the competition.
This second edition of Jumping Into Plyometrics presents 100 illustrated plyometric exercises in seven categories:
Excellent for both recreational and elite athletes, the exercises can be used to improve quickness, speed, and jumping ability while also helping to develop better coordination, body control, and balance.
This edition includes the latest research on plyometric training, a new layout with a much-improved format for drills, and sidebars on star athletes who have benefited from plyometrics. Plus, author Donald Chu--who has worked as a consultant for the United States Tennis Association and for teams in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association--gives you instructions and examples of how to choose from the wide selection of exercises to build the ideal plyometric training program for your chosen sport.
Jumping Into Plyometrics is the most complete book ever written on this form of explosive power training.
About the Author
Dr. Donald Chu is a leading authority on power training and conditioning. He has been a conditioning consultant for the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Lions, and Chicago White Sox as well as for the United States Tennis Association and the 1996 U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming team, which took home the gold medal. He is the owner and director of NovaCare Clinic in Castro Valley, California, where he acts as a consultant to individual athletes.
Dr. Chu is president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a licensed physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He has received many honors, including the 1998 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, presented by the board of trustees of the United States Sports Academy; the 1995 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award; and the 1993 NSCA President’s Award for Service. In 1978, his only year as a head coach, Dr. Chu was named the Far Western Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Dr. Chu, who earned a PhD in physical therapy and kinesiology from Stanford University, is the program director for the physical therapist assistant program at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is also a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at California State University, Hayward. He lives in Alameda, California.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding
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