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""""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 MartinProfessional Tennis Player """Don Chu is the number one authority on the training methods for plyometric exercise. "Jumping Into Plyometrics" is an excellent book for coaches, athletes, and students who want to increase their knowledge of how to safely and effectively become faster and more explosive. There is not a book on the market that is more comprehensive or up-to-date with the current research than "Jumping Into Plyometrics," I highly recommend it!""" Steve MillardStrength and Conditioning SpecialistSan Jose Sharks """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 VermeilStrength and Conditioning CoachChicago Bulls """Don Chu has put together another outstanding book on plyometrics. Whether you are a new coach or a 30-year veteran, this book will help athletes at any level to become better. It provides outstanding illustrations and explanation of activities. I used his methods before and will continue to do so.""" Darryl RogersAthletic Director, Southern Connecticut State UniversityFormer Football Coach, Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State, and Arizona State "
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2nd edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880118466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880118460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a good book to give an overview of plyometrics and it gives great sport specific plyometric exercises. It is missing details of which muscle groups are utilized with each exercise, but overall a good book.
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