Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Scribner; New Rev edition (June 3, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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An intensive, 12 week program based on a series of stretches and exercises (some plyometric, some with weights) intended to replace standard weight training and address athletic performance. While the author rejects the concept of "vertical jump" per se, it's clear from the title what one of the goals is. Grover stresses the importance of improvement in explosiveness in all planes of movements related to a sport, not just vertical jump. He also covers the importance of rest periods between periods of intense training (the 12 weeks are actually 3 separate 3 week training periods followed by a week of rest), and the need for good diet and sleep habits in order to get maximum results from his program. The exercises in the book are clear, and it's nicely illustrated with photos and good descriptions of each exercise. Some are easy, some are difficult, and a few, like the held lunges, are impossible at first. The author mercifully includes workarounds in order to give the trainee the full benefit of each exercise regardless. Yes, you can replace ability with determination.I'm a middle aged man interested in becoming a stronger snowboarder, and I had pretty much plateaued on weight training, cycling and running. This book looked appealing (hell, the exercises look perfect for snowboarding!) and I bought it. I started the program and made it through the first 3 week training period (three times!) before responsibilities and injuries interrupted the cycle. Even so, I have to admit that it really helped with my general athleticism and actually did improve my riding. I also saw improvement in my vertical jump. It's not hard to imagine that if I had been able to complete all 12 weeks consecutively there would have been much better results.
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