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Because water supports the body while providing resistance to body movement, water-workout pioneer Huey maintains that water training provides all the benefits of more strenuous forms of exercise without the risk of injury. These features make water training a versatile form of exercise that almost everyone (from runners and weight trainers to senior citizens and pregnant women) can enjoy. Designed for people wishing to vary their workouts and for those recovering from injuries, this definitive guide offers an impressive range of exercise programs--emphasizing balanced strength, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, and flexibility--in deep and shallow water for both swimmers and nonswimmers. Clear, concise instructions are given for each of the workout programs--waterpower, deep waterpower, dance-specific, sport-specific, and lower-body, upper-body, and post-surgical rehabilitation. Recommended for both lay readers and specialists. (Photographs not seen.)-- Linda Chopra, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The one and only book people need to plunge into the fitness wave of the decade, by the leader in water excerciseand an internationally respected sports physical therapist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (August 3, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679745548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679745549
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I got my first book contract with Quadrangle, the New York Times Book Company, I was twenty-seven years old. That was 1974 and I was going to be an author!

A Running Start: An Athlete, A Woman was published in 1976 and was well before its time. People didn't care about women's sports, but it became a bestseller on the librarians' lists.

Zan Knudson was the author of dozens of books. She read my autobiography and called me. She had the idea to take my new water exercise program and turn it into a book. New American Library (NAL) published The Waterpower Workout in 1986. It was the first exercise book published in American to use African-American models, including Olympic sprinter Evelyn Ashford, NFL tight end Bernie Casey, and NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain.

When The Complete Waterpower Workout Book was published by Random House in 1993 it was already in demand. That book is still in print today and is the best-selling book in the field of water exercise and water rehabilitation. It was translated into Spanish and German.

In 1994, my long-time close friend Wilt Chamberlain had arthroscopic hip surgery with orthopedic surgeon Robert Klapper, M.D. and told him about my pool rehab program. Before long Dr. Klapper and I were planning a book about hips for the lay public. Heal Your Hips: How to Prevent Hip Surgery - And What To Do If You Need It was published by John Wiley & Sons in 1999. That book is still in print today and continues to sell.

A few years later we wrote Heal Your Knees: How to Prevent Knee Surgery - And What To Do If You Need It. Our knee book was published in 2004 by M. Evans and has been translated into Spanish.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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I had a devastating knee injury about five and one half months ago (the doctor stated that I may never be able to obtain my pre-injury range of motion)The traditional rehab was going very slowly and very painfully. I asked my physician if I could exercise in the water, and after his approval, I started with the workouts in this book along with my prescribed rehab. I have gained 80% of my pre-injury range of motion and on a good start with my strength and balance with VERY little pain!! My physical therapist said I started improving much more rapidly after starting the water workouts and I have already exceeded the expected post-operative range of motion. I could not have done it without the water workouts!!
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Roswell on February 10, 2004
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The best parts of this book are the detailed photographs of all the exercises, included in both a large format (one per page) and a small format (so that you can see many exercises per page). The only thing that would make the book even better would be if the small photographs were offered separately on water-resistant material, so that you could bring 'em into the pool. I'll probably photocopy those pages, and laminate them, so that I can do that.
The book has a helpful appendix of commercial resources with products such as an in-pool exercise station, and Aqua Tunes. Some of the companies appear to have gone out of business in the 11 years since the book was first published--to be expected.
By the way, the average rating here would be 5, but one reviewer apparently forgot to add the star rating, while still offering the book a glowing review.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
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I am a physician and experienced athlete. When injured, this book allowed me to find a way to continue to exercise and recover as best I could from a devastating injury. It is easiest to understand if one has some athletic or fitness background. The author obviously understands the healing process very well. Take this book to your orthopedist!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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My physical therapist had this in her office and after skimming over the pages, I just had to get a copy of my own. The workouts in this book would have prepared me for the surgery much better than the weight training and cut my recovery time down to about 3 months. It is one year later and I am just starting to get my strength and balance back thanks to the range of water excercises in this book. I'd recommend it to ALL pre- & post-operative sports injury patients.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "ecbrown74" on May 25, 2001
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I got a hold of this book after 1 months of rehab from acl reconstruction. As an athlete, I wanted minimize the amount of degradation to my fitness level and strength as much as possible during my rehab. The exercises and routines are fabulous and have helped tremendously with building strength back in my leg as well as increasing my range of motion and improving my cardiovascular fitness. People at all levels of fitness and athletecism will benefit from the routines and exercises in this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gruby on December 11, 2006
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I was in a bed for 9 weeks with a herniated disc. My wife found this book in the library. I happen to live in Florida and was able to use this book to keep myself somewhat active and not become a cripple because of the pain I was in on land. 15 years later I am in great shape at 50 love the water and this book, and still read in now and then to remind me of the form to use and the benifits.I need a new one becaus eits been so used.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Francisca on January 2, 2011
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Great book! I am having lots of fun with my exercises in the water especially because there are many different ones and all of them are well explained. In addition I photocopied the pages with small photos in order to have near the pool as a reminder. So that they don't get wet I have put them two by two (one in the front and one in the back) in transparent plastic file organizers and that works fine, especially if you use two organizers to make sure that the paper is completely protected.

The only thing I find a pity is that they didn't publish a book only directed to people who are into fitness (including only the first part of this book) but don't have injuries, are into ballet or sports, because this way you have a very complete but rather heavy book with a lot of information you will probably never need. Other than that I would advise this book to anyone who wants to make better use of their time in the pool!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bumblebee on May 13, 2009
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I've applied almost every workout in the "Waterpower Workout Book" for two years after a major car accident which injured my lower back. I rejoined the Army Reserves and passed the Army Physical Fitness Test with flying colors with a total score of 280. I couldn't believe it myself! I used to score an average of 260 to 265. I highly recommend this book for all runners and military personnel. HOOOOAAAAAH!!!!!!
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