Periodization-5th Edition: Theory and Methodology of Training 5th Edition

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Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, is recognized as the world's foremost expert on periodization training. He developed the concept of periodization of strength in Romania in 1963 as he helped the Eastern Bloc countries rise to dominance in the athletic world. Since then, Bompa has used his system in training 11 Olympic and world championship medalists and elite athletes.

Professor emeritus at York University in Toronto, Bompa has authored several books on physical conditioning, including the second edition of Serious Strength Training, Periodization Training for Sports, and Total Training for Young Champions as well as numerous articles on the subject. He has made presentations on periodization training in more than 30 countries. His publications, conferences, and ideas are highly regarded and sought out by many top professional athletes and training specialists. Bompa and his wife, Tamara, live in Sharon, Ontario.

G. Gregory Haff, PhD, is an assistant professor of exercise physiology in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Haff has published more than 50 articles, centering his research on performance effects in the areas of strength training, cycling, and nutritional supplementation.

A frequent presenter at national conferences on the topic of periodization, Haff was invited to present his research on the periodization of strength training in the United Kingdom in 2008. Haff also received a Distinguished Teaching Award from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 2008. In 2001, he was the recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Young Investigator of the Year Award.

Haff applies his research as a regional weightlifting coach, level 3 cycling coach, and certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction. He has also worked as a coach and consultant for national-level and international-level weightlifters and cyclists as well as numerous collegiate athletes.

A fellow of the NSCA, Haff has served on the association's board of directors since 2007. He is also a member of the European College of Sports Science. Haff served on the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Committee (1998-2004), USA Weightlifting Sport Science Committee (1997-2004), NSCA Research Committee (2000-2006), and United States Olympic Committee Performance Enhancement Team for Weightlifting (2003-2004).

A competitive weightlifter at the national level for 14 years, Haff continues to enjoy weightlifting in his free time as well as cycling and cooking. Haff resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife, Erin.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 5 edition (June 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073607483X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736074834
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By William on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Before you get this book, keep in mind that this was written by an extremely smart individual for other smart individuals. If you want to build a program for your athlete(s) or for yourself but don't know where to start, you should get Periodization Training For Sports. That is still written by Dr. Bompa but is translated by a writer, so it's much easier to read and understand. If you know how to build a program, and want to know the science behind it, then this is for you. I have spoken to many bright individuals in the field of Exercise and Sports Performance who were overwhelmed by this book. It has priceless information, but just realize who the target audience is before you purchase this book.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. Roberts on August 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is more geared towards coaches, especially those who coach elite athletes. If you are not a coach or an elite athlete (or aspire to be) then this book is probably not for you. It is overly wordy and technical, and the author tends to go off on random tangents frequently. That said, there are also some very valuable nuggets of information in this book that will enhance anyone's level of knowledge. I bought this book in the hopes that I would be able to build a periodized weightlifting routine, but after reading it I am no closer to being able to do that. I don't really think I'd want to go to the trouble anyway after reading this book, because I am not an aspiring elite bodybuilder. If you are just an average person looking for ways to improve your training there are a lot of great ideas in this book that may spark your own creativity, but don't expect specific detailed training regimes or specialized exercise plans from this book. And you really need above average intelligence and desire to discern what the author is trying to convey.
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This is a book for sport scientists, strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, trainers, instructors, and athletes. But it's better geared toward professionals rather than students. As another reviewer correctly says, it's a very technical reference and not for the casual reader or the fitness seeker. It is better described as a professional text.

It teaches how to vary the intensity and volume of training to optimize the body's ability to recover and rebuild--resulting in better performance and less risk of injury.

Periodization is a form or resistance training that may be defined as strategic implementation of specific training phases.

The contents are:

Part I: Training Theory

Chapter 1: The Basis for Training

* Scope of Training
* Objectives of Training
* Classification of Skills
* Adaptation
* Supercompensation Cycle and Adaptation
* Sources of Energy
* Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 2: Principles of Training

* Multilateral Development vs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Boyd on March 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Periodization is the secret to effective training. The human body adapts to whatever you're doing to it within about 4 months. If you want your gains to continue after 4 months of training, periodization is the key.

Bompa's title could be slightly improved to: Periodization: Science, Theory, and Methodology.... Bompa references ~1100 books and/or scientific articles to educate the reader. He clearly explains the resulting theory, and also provides many examples of periodization schemes that apply the science and theory. See my other reviews, I've read a number of scientific based books on training, and I took 17 pages of notes from Periodization. This book is rich with information.

My quest for Exercise Science knowledge actually began a year ago when I experienced a frustrating plateau. I overcame the plateau by stumbling across one of Bomba's periodization schedules (1232, 3434, 5456) in a kinesiology journal. Using this scheme (Bomba would call it a 3:1), I have experienced explosive gains, and I realized that periodization is the key to training. This book is a must read for any serious athlete or coach.

Why only 4 stars?
1. Bompa repeats the same concepts repeatedly and devotes too many pages to obvious coaching activities. This book could easily be shortened to 150 - 200 pages.
2. Any book in excess of 300 pages and titled "Periodization" should extensively cover all relevant training theories. Bompa almost completely neglects Block Periodization. The more advanced you get in your training, the more relevant Block Periodization becomes.
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