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""A must-read for sport and performance coaches at all levels. Tudor Bompa always lays out simple and concise planning and periodization that will help ensure success with any program." Mark A. VerstegenOwner and president, Athletes' Performance """The principles outlined in this book have stood the test of time and have been responsible for shaping the training of generations of elite athletes worldwide. "Periodization Training for Sports" is the ultimate reference on strength and conditioning. It's never out of arm's reach from my desk!""" Matt NicholHead strength and conditioning coachToronto Maple Leafs"

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”A must-read for sport and performance coaches at all levels. Tudor Bompa always lays out simple and concise planning and periodization that will help ensure success with any program.”

Mark A. Verstegen
Owner and president, Athletes' Performance

""The principles outlined in this book have stood the test of time and have been responsible for shaping the training of generations of elite athletes worldwide. Periodization Training for Sports is the ultimate reference on strength and conditioning. It's never out of arm's reach from my desk!""

Matt Nichol
Head strength and conditioning coach
Toronto Maple Leafs

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (April 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736055592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736055598
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By sebring@twcy.rr.com on February 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
A very well written book on Periodization for sports training. Dr. Bompa has all the bases covered in this book for a complete sports training program. The book includes a sections on training, and theory of Periodization, structure, and format or Periodization for individual sports [ covers every major sport ], an exercises selection, along with some pre, and post exercise information. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a solid training program tailored to their specific sports needs. Another good book on Periodization.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick Mathers on June 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book on strength training in that it relates specifically to many different sports. The only problem is that there are complicated terms, abbreviations, and vocabulary that are constantly used (with definitions and explanations upon first reference only). A glossary in the back would be a big help. Overall, this covers a lot of sport specific training methods which allows the reader to more or less pick and choose the best practices for his or her own training program. It's been a big help for me, although I recommend staying away from the plyometrics section.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ambrose on September 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book explains in depth the theory behind periodization and long term training for sport specific performance. The reading is detailed enough to give u a good foundation on how muscle are made and how they function in various types of performance environments. This book should be required reading for anyone coaching youth sports. Since the book is about training for sport, there are several examples given covering a wide variety of sports, however this can become confusing (too much information that seemingly doesn't apply). It's best to read it with a particular sport in mind and create relationships between sports/examples and your sport. Also, take lots of notes and read every chapter, not just the ones you think you need. Great book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Asperger on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I give this book four stars because it is useful and informative, but not perfect. First, the positive parts:

There is enough information for a variety of sports from football to rowing to synchronized swimming to basketball. It lays out a hypothetical calendar for the offseason and inseason of the different sports and tells you what kind and how much training to do at the different phases of the season. There are no longterm plans with all the specifics layed out. There are some example workouts and examples of weeks of training. This book instead lays out a template and calls for the reader to fill in the blanks using the information obtained throughout the rest of the book. For this reason, you must read the whole book and learn how to create your own custom training program. If you are expecting to be able to look in this book and find a program for your sport with all the details laid out, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a program that does not call for you to do any of the planning, check out the '52 Week Training Series' books.

The book is sloppy in its organization. You will really need to read the entire book to get the most out of this. I recommend taking notes throughout your reading of the book. Pieces of information seem to be randomly strewn throughout the book.

For example, I started reading this book with the purpose of training for long distance running. I found some information about long distance running on one page, but then the subject suddenly changes to something else, like basketball, or rowing, or hockey, in the very next paragraph. There would be no more information on distance running until later in the book when i just happened to stumble across some more information a few chapters later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Maxwell on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book to use as a learning tool while I was studying for my Fitness Trainer exam. While I found it useful, it is complex and not the simplest book to use for quick answers. It is "the book" if you want to understand how periodization works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William B. Northrop on January 3, 2007
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Bompa's book is the definite book on periodization strength training. Yes, it's heavy, full of technical terms and overwritten. But it's also comprehensive, relies on solid research and focuses on what works, not what's the latest fad.

Bompa speaks from experience and his book is chock full of solid, complete ideas on how to undertake sport-specific strength training program. He outlines strength training programs for 35 sports. That includes all the main sports but oddly leaves out golf while including alpine skiing and kayaking. Go figure.

Bompa has a PhD and has had a long and successful career. He speaks from experience and it shows. If you only buy one book on weightlifting and strength training, buy Bompa's book. Work your way through it. It takes some time but the results are worth it.
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Now in a newly revised and expanded second edition, Periodization Training For Sports: Science-Based Strength And Conditioning Plans For 17 Sports is divided into three major sections: "Foundations of Strength Training", "Program Design", and "Periodized Training. Co-authored by Tudor O. Bompa who in 1963 developed the concept of periodization training for strength development and enhancement in Romania, with health and lifestyle expert Michael C. Carrera (who currently serves as Vice President of Exercise Planning and Development for Truestar Health), Periodization Training For Sports takes the reader through an entire course of physical studies beginning with an introduction to basic principles of strength and muscle training for sports, to a yearly training plan, to dealing with fatigue, muscle soreness, and recovery. Periodization Training For Sports is an invaluable resource and strongly recommended reference for anyone seeking to improve their athletic performance for all manner of sports activities.
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