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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780736074841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736074841
  • ASIN: 0736074848
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance, competitive athletes will finally find the scientific answers to all their practical questions about tapering. This book will provide a substantial advantage to coaches and
athletes."

Professor Tim Noakes
MBChB, MD, DSc, FACSM
Author of Lore of Running

"Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance bridges the gap from science to competition. Inigo Mujika tackles the critical issues of performance with ease and excellence."

Louise Burke, PhD, APD
Head of the department of sports nutrition
Australian Institute of Sport
Author of Practical Sports Nutrition

“This book comprehensively covers the tapering and peaking process. The author does a nice job of combining current research with common techniques used in the profession so that any athlete can use this information to achieve optimal performance.”

--Doody’s Book Review


About the Author

Iñigo Mujika, PhD, is a lecturer in the department of physiology, faculty of medicine and odontology, at the University of the Basque Country in Leioa, Spain. Previously, Mujika was also the head of the department of research and development at the Spanish professional football team Athletic Club Bilbao. As a researcher, sport science practitioner, and coach, Mujika is widely considered one of the most respected experts on tapering and peaking for optimal performance.

Since 1992, Mujika has been devoted to the research of tapering and peaking for sport performance. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and 10 other publications on tapering-related issues. He has also presented nearly 70 lectures on tapering at conferences and seminars worldwide.

As a sport physiologist, Mujika works closely with elite athletes and coaches in a variety of individual and team sports. From 2003 to 2004, Mujika was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2005, he worked as physiologist and trainer of the professional road bicycle racing team Euskaltel Euskadi. He is also a coach of world-class triathletes, having coached Olympians Ainhoa Murua (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and Eneko Llanos (Athens 2004).

Mujika is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He holds a doctoral degree in biology of muscular exercise (1995) from the University of Saint-Etienne in France and a second doctorate in physical activity and sport sciences (1999) along with an Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of the Basque Country in Spain. In 2002 and 2007 he received the National Award for Sport Medicine Research from the University of Oviedo in Spain. He has also received two awards for his work with triathletes: Best Coach of Female Athlete (2006) from the Spanish Triathlon Federation and the High Performance Basque Sport Award (2007) from the Basque Sport Foundation.

Fluent in four languages (Basque, English, French, and Spanish), Mujika has lived in California, France, South Africa, and Australia. He currently resides in the Basque Country, Spain. Mujika enjoys surfing, cycling, swimming, strength training, and hiking, as well as cinema and traveling.


More About the Author

Iñigo Mujika earned PhDs in biology of muscular exercise (University of Saint-Etienne, France) and physical activity and sport sciences (University of the Basque Country). He is a level III swimming and triathlon coach. His research interests include training methods and recovery, tapering, detraining, and overtraining. He has performed extensive research on the physiological aspects associated with endurance sport performance, published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 2 books and 13 book chapters, and given over 160 lectures in international conferences. Iñigo was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, physiologist and trainer for Euskaltel Euskadi cycling team, and head of research and development at Athletic Club Bilbao football club. He is director of physiology and training at USP Araba Sport Clinic, physiologist of the Spanish Swimming Federation, associate editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, and associate professor at the University of the Basque Country.

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Firstly, I really like how this book is organized.
HSG83
Other than a small bit of data from Mike Stone, this is not a book that will be used as a reference in my library.
Danny M. O'Dell
Generally, I really like how the book is written, and organized.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Mcdonald on August 4, 2009
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While the book provides an amazingly detailed (tediously so) literature review of every study on tapering, very little new information is provided in terms of the practicalities.

The entire message of the book could have been summed up in 2-3 sentences

1. Taper 2 2 weeks, 3 if you do a big overload before the taper.
2. Cut volume progressively to about 60% of pre-taper values.
3. Maintain intensity of training.
4. For sport with a high 'feel' component, don't cut frequency too hard.

That's it, 100+ pages and the above is the entire take home.

Top level coaches were applying the information that this book presents nearly 30 years ago in practice. My own coach has been tapering his athletes for the past 20 years in this fashion.

As well, the book fails to even examine the issue of sports with World Cup series. In modern sport, the idea of peaking for a single event is decades old, most athletes have to be at their top level for extended periods to either earn World Cup points or money (or both).

While a 2-3 week taper for a single event might be ideal, it's simply no longer practical in the context of modern sporting demands. For a book released in 2009 to omit this issue in the least (it's at least touched on in Freeman's Excellent "Peak When it Counts.") is absurd.

The entire section on mathematical modeling, while interesting, is pointless given that the author himself says that the models don't accurately match with real-world experience. Why include it if it doesn't matter except to pad the page count?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HSG83 on February 16, 2010
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I have seen Inigo Mujika speak a few times on this topic, so thought it was about time I took a more in-depth look into his work.

Firstly, I really like how this book is organized. It is logically laid out, and this means that it is easily read cover to cover, or used as a reference.

This book is not one that a coach or athlete is going to find revolutionary. Instead, you should be able to take a few key points that will help you prepare for competitions. It is likely to help you justify why you are doing and what you have done in the past, something that can be important if your program is under question.
For a sport scientist or student, the book will give you lots of "food for thought", and is well referenced so may assist you in researching tapering or other related areas.

I work in team sports, and although the majority of the research and information is for individual events, still was able to take much from this text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Ireland on May 25, 2013
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Not what I expected but still full of information. There is a lot on what other athletes do, they are great models. I was expecting more of a here's how and what will work best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Am Stewart on January 13, 2011
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The author has pulled together the most up to date and most comprehensive applied tapering/peaking information available. It is written with solid scientific knowledge and grounding and written for anyone to comprehend. What an amazing job. The author is to be applauded. Anyone (coach, athlete, scientist) from any sport (individual or team) can benefit from this text. It is a must read and have.
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Haphazard structure and disjointed ideas which pander on about outdated or ineffective methodologies. Westside Barbell, Mark Rippetoe, Greg Everett or most NCSA publications are a safer bet in terms of understanding periodization.
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