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  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (August 18, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736000925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736000925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""If coaches want to learn to utilize plyometric training properly, then there's no one better to learn from than Don Chu. This book is a must for your library.""

Al Vermeil
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Chicago Bulls


""Dr. Chu has put together all the information on plyometrics necessary to benefit any athlete. He has successfully provided a way for athletes to come closer to reaching their potential.""

Todd Martin
Professional Tennis Player

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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.


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Dr. Donald Chu, PhDPT, ATC, CSCS, FNSCA, is a professor emeritus of kinesiology and physical education at California State University at Hayward, where he taught for more than 20 years. He is director and founder of Athercare Fitness & Rehabilitation in the San Francisco Bay area, which specializes in sport performance training, fitness programs, physical therapy, and clinical psychology.

Dr. Chu has developed an extensive reputation in the field of sport rehabilitation and fitness and conditioning. He pioneered research-supported plyometric training in the Western hemisphere and is revered throughout the strength and conditioning community for enhancing modern sports' most defining athletic factor: power. Chu has been credited with bringing plyometric training to the attention of coaches, athletes, and fellow professionals in sport conditioning through his application of theoretical knowledge into practical demonstrations.

The author of six books, Chu has also written articles in refereed journals and contributed chapters to many books on sports medicine. More than 140,000 copies of his seminal book on the topic, "Jumping Into Plyometrics," have been sold since 1994. He has presented extensively to professional groups around the world and consulted with athletes and teams at every level--including Olympians and professionals--on the development of training and conditioning programs.

Dr. Chu holds certifications as an athletic trainer (ATC) from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has served on the board of directors for both organizations and is a past president of the NSCA. He resides in Alameda, California.

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It was for my uncle and this was one of the books he wanted for christmas.
Charlene
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.
Alexandra
This is an excellent resource for the Strength & Conditioning professional.
Eric Swannie

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
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. A really great book for athletes, weekend warriors and exercisers who need a jump start in their routines.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Gary Anderson on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a high school volleyball coach, I've found Donald Chu's book a terrific help in increasing our team's "credit card" jump reaches! Using Chu's techniques, we've noticed a great improvement in team performance and quickness, and I've been extremely pleased with the results.
If you're looking for a comprehensive book on plyometrics, check this one out. We use his system, and I can personally testify ... it works!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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This book does an excellent job introducing the topic of plyometrics to the reader. 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. However, this is not the definitive book on plyometrics. I think of it as more as a good reference tool. I would really recommend "High-Powered Plyometrics" for even more in depth info on this wonderful method of training.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Eric Swannie on December 12, 2000
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This 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 nearly 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).
This book includes information and exercises that can be implemented immediately into most strength and conditioning programs. I can highly recommend this book.
Eric Swannie, MA, ATC, CSCS
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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Jumping into plyometrics is the key book to get for any serious athlete. In todays competion an athlete must preform at maximal potintial to make it any where. This book gives hundreds of examples that you can use to become faster and quicker. This book is one of the only good books writen on plyometris today.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Harry Sneider on July 13, 2000
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Dr. Chu has put together an outstanding work showing very simple easy to follow exercises to increase athletic potential. As an Olympic level coach in the high jump, coaching the great Dwight Stones in 1984 and beyond, we used many of these principles in Dr. Chu's book and others that we developed. Let me emphasize the importance of having total physical strength as well as excellent conditioning before one is to follow these drills. There are many injuries that novice coaches and trainees can incur doing plyometric work. You will find some of the ways to do similiar drills in a less traumatic fashion in my book the "Olympic Trainer -- Fitness Excellence through Resistive Rebounding".
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tomi toles on May 28, 2007
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this book is a top recommended reading from all leading authors in strength and conditioning. However, you should also buy the companion dvd in order to help facilitate the exercises in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 10, 2009
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Awesome book !
Sport specific exercises that really apply to each sport.
A definite must have.
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