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Block Periodization Paperback – 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ultimate Athlete Concepts (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0981718000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981718002
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Jodrey on February 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
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,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calvin C. Dietz on July 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
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
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sabrewolfy on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Overall, I'm very disappointed.

- 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.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mladen Jovanovic on June 24, 2008
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Who is this guy?

Vladimir Issurin serves as a scientific and professional coordinator at the Elite Sport Department of the Israeli Olympic Committee at the Wingate Institute. He completed his undergraduate studies on Sport Sciences and Ph.D. dissertation on aquatic motor fitness and movement technique of swimmers at Leningrad Sport University (1963-1972) and his post-doctoral studies on motor/technical sportsmanship in the individual water sports in Moscow Sport University (1988). He served as a scientific adviser and head of the complex scientific group for the USSR Olympic canoe/kayak team during three quadrennial cycles (1978-1991) and received two governmental awards. Since 1991 professor Issurin has lived in Israel and works as a researcher, professional consultant and coordinator for Israeli Olympic National teams (since 1992). He is a lecturer at the Wingate coaching school and Wingate Physical Education College. As a member of the national Olympic delegations he took part in five Olympic Games; twice as a team leader of the Israeli kayak and swimming national teams (2000 and 2004). He has written over 150 scientific articles in national and international journals and over 50 international presentations.

What does this product claim?

The basis of contemporary training was founded several decades ago when scientific knowledge was far from complete and athletes' workloads, results, and demands were much lower then they are currently. At that time the traditional training periodization, as a division of the whole seasonal program into smaller periods and training units, was proposed and elucidated.
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