- The book is 202 pages of actual content. However, the pages are 60% white space; the font is double spaced, the graphs and tables are unnecessarily large. You're actually getting about 75 pages of true content.
- Almost all of the athletes and "case studies" are of the endurance type. I'm interested in strength, power, and speed. The book makes very little mention of these qualities (maybe 2 or 3 pages devoted to discussing an Olympic medalist in the hammer throw, that's it).
- The information is weakly scientific. The author has relatively few references, and most of them are books and not scientific studies. The author is definitely an expert, but the reader should be aware that most of what is written is an expert opinion backed weakly by scientific studies, and somewhat strongly by selected real world examples of Olympic athletes. If you are into endurance training, this book is likely very interesting; otherwise...not so much.
- About 20% of the book is devoted to high altitude training. The topic is weakly covered and feels like filler. Readers interested in altitude training will need other material to subsidize the information given here.
- Another 10% of the book is devoted to recognizing talented young athletes. Again, the topic is weakly covered.
The book should have been titled: A practical guide for designing training programs for endurance Olympians.
I would only recommend this book to readers interested specifically in Olympic level endurance training regimens. If that topic greatly interests you, you may like this book. Otherwise, you will be disappointed like me.
hi, i just finished reading the book and was highly impressed with the functional simplicity of the material. breaks down the problems with conventional periodization programs and creates a new, simpler, more effective programming. the material isnt simple but the manner in which it is presented makes it easy to understand and should help any coach or athlete better guide themselves to create training programs that are effective and effecient. i am a full time kettlebell lifting coach and this information is instantly applicable to the success of my lifters. best wishes, kev
Having heard Valdimir Issurn in lecture I was excited about his book coming to print and trust me this book answered all questions about block training methods that I had. An excellent addition to any high level coaches library.
Cal Dietz Head Strength Coach University of Minnesota [...]
Issurin's Block Periodization gives an easy layout to understand the deep subject of block periodization. He lays out each layer of the process of developing the annual or 4 year plan for the athlete. He gives you everything from how to create the year plan, to the block setup, to the weekly, and daily breakdown of your training. He also explains the idea of using residuals to move from one block to the next. There is a lot of great information in this book for anyone who wants to learn more about this type of training.