Periodization : Theory and Methodology of Training

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A reference for strength and conditioning professionals, sport scientists, sport coaches, advanced athletes, and any professional who works with athletes. Also for use as a course text for students in upper-level undergraduate or graduate programs related to exercise science.
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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 27.94mm | 1,338g
  • Human Kinetics
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • English
  • Sixth Edition
  • 28 Halftones, black and white; 110 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1492544809
  • 9781492544807
  • 147,770

Table of contents

Part I. Training Theory

Chapter 1. Basis for Training

Scope of Training

Objectives of Training

Classification of Skills

System of Training


Supercompensation Cycle and Adaptation

Sources of Energy

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 2. Principles of Training

Multilateral Development Versus Specialization


Development of the Training Model

Load Progression

Sequence of the Training Load

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 3. Preparation for Training

Physical Training

Exercise for Physical Training

Technical Training

Tactical Training

Theoretical Training

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 4. Variables of Training



Relationship Between Volume and Intensity



Index of Overall Demand

Summary of Major Concepts

Part II. Planning and Periodization

Chapter 5. Periodization of Biomotor Abilities

Brief History of Periodization

Periodization Terminology

Applying Periodization to the Development of Biomotor Abilities

Simultaneous Versus Sequential Integration of Biomotor Abilities

Periodization of Strength

Periodization of Power, Agility, and Movement Time

Periodization of Speed

Periodization of Endurance

Integrated Periodization

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 6. Planning the Training Session

Importance of Planning

Planning Requirements

Types of Training Plans

Training Session

Daily Cycle of Training

Modeling the Training Session Plan

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 7. Planning the Training Cycles



Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 8. Periodization of the Annual Plan

Annual Training Plan and Its Characteristics

Classifying Annual Plans

Chart of the Annual Training Plan

Criteria for Compiling an Annual Plan

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 9. Peaking for Competition

Training Conditions for Peaking


Defining a Taper

Competition Phase of the Annual Plan

Identifying Peaking

Maintaining a Peak

Summary of Major Concepts

Part III. Training Methods

Chapter 10. Strength and Power Development

The Relationship Between the Main Biomotor Abilities


Methods of Strength Training

Manipulation of Training Variables

Implementation of a Strength Training Program

Periodization of Strength

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 11. Endurance Training

Classification of Endurance

Factors Affecting Aerobic Endurance Performance

Factors Affecting Anaerobic Endurance Performance

Methods for Developing Endurance

Methods for Developing High-Intensity Exercise Endurance

Periodization of Endurance

Summary of Major Concepts

Chapter 12. Speed and Agility Training

Speed Training

Agility Training

Program Design

Periodization of Speed and Agility Training

Summary of Major Concepts
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About Tudor O. Bompa

Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, revolutionized Western training methods when he introduced his groundbreaking theory of periodization in his native Romania in 1963. After adopting his training system, the Eastern Bloc countries dominated international sports through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1988, Bompa began applying his principles of periodization to the sport of bodybuilding. He has personally trained 11 Olympic medalists (including four gold medalists) and has served as a consultant to coaches and athletes worldwide.

Bompa's books on training methods, including Theory and Methodology of Training: The Key to Athletic Performance and Periodization of Training for Sports, have been translated into 19 languages and used in more than 180 countries for training athletes and educating and certifying coaches. Bompa has been invited to speak about training in more than 30 countries and has been awarded certificates of honor and appreciation from such prestigious organizations as the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, the Australian Sports Council, the Spanish Olympic Committee, NSCA (2014 Alvin Roy Award for Career Achievement), and the International Olympic Committee.

A member of the Canadian Olympic Association and the Romanian National Council of Sports, Bompa is a professor emeritus at York University, where he taught training theories since 1987. In 2017, Bompa was awarded the honorary title of doctor honoris causa in his home country of Romania. He and his wife, Tamara, live in Sharon, Ontario.

Carlo A. Buzzichelli is a PhD candidate at the Superior Institute of Physical Culture and Sports of Havana (Cuba), a professional strength and conditioning coach, the director of the International Strength and Conditioning Institute, a consultant for the Cuban track and field Olympic team, an adjunct professor of theory and methodology of training at the University of Milan (Italy), and a member of the President's Program Advisory Council of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Buzzichelli has held seminars and lectures at various universities and sport institutes worldwide and was an invited lecturer at the 2012 International Workshop on Strength and Conditioning of Trivandrum (India), the 2015 Performance Training Summit of Beijing (China), the 2016 International Workshop on Strength and Conditioning in Bucharest (Romania), and the 2017 Track and Field National Team Coaches Forum in Havana.

Buzzichelli's coaching experience includes the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2003 and 2017 World Track and Field Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. As a strength and conditioning coach for team sports, his senior teams have achieved a first place and a second place in their respective league cups, and his junior teams have won two regional cups. As a coach of individual sports, Buzzichelli's athletes have won 23 medals at national championships in four different sports (track and field, swimming, Brazilian jiujitsu, and powerlifting), set nine national records in powerlifting and track and field, and won 10 medals at international competitions. In 2015, Buzzichelli coached two Italian champions in two different sports; in 2016, two of his athletes earned international titles in two different combat sports.
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