Jumping into Plyometrics

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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 ...

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Overview

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:

- Jumps-in-place
- Standing jumps
- Multiple jumps
- Box drills
- Depth jumps
- Bounding
- Medicine ball exercises

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.

"...includes 100 plyometric exercises proven to improve strength, power, speed, quickness, and jumping ability, as well as helping with coordination and balance...written by an expert in power training and conditioning."

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What People Are Saying

Al Vermeil
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
Darryl Rogers
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 Rogers Athletic Director, Southern Connecticut State University Former Football Coach, Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State, and Arizona State
Steve Millard
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 Millard Strength and Conditioning Specialist San Jose Sharks
Todd Martin
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736000963
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Format: VHS - NTSC
  • Edition number: 2

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Understanding Plyometrics

The Development of Plyometric Training
How Plyometrics Works
Flexibility
Aerobic Training
Summary

Chapter 2. The Basics of Plyometric Training

Warm-Up: Submaximal Plyometric Drills
Mechanics of Vertical Jumping
Equipment and Environment
Training Considerations
Summary

Chapter 3. Designing a Plyometric Training Program

Exercise Variables
Using Plyometrics With Other Training
Designing a Basic Program
The Sport-Specific Program
Sample Programs for Increasing Vertical and Linear Jumps
Sample Program to Improve Lateral Movement and Change of Direction
Complex Training
Summary

Chapter 4. Plyometric Exercises

The Inverted Funnel Principle
Administering the Frappier Plyometric Footwork Drills
Key to Symbols

Chapter 5. Sport-Specific Drills

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