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Periodization-6th Edition

Periodization-6th Edition


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    Learn how to maximize training gains with Tudor O. Bompa, the pioneer of periodization training, and Carlo A. Buzzichelli, one of the world’s foremost experts on training methods, in the sixth edition of Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training. Guided by the authors’ expertise, the sixth edition offers information central to understanding the latest research and practices related to training theory while providing scientific support for the fundamental principles of periodization.

    The sixth edition of this definitive text presents a comprehensive discussion of periodization based on the philosophy of Tudor Bompa. It features the following:
    • A review of the history, terms, and theories related to periodization
    • Discussion of the importance of designing a sport-specific and competition-level annual plan and discarding any one-size-fits-all approach
    • An expanded chapter on the integration of biomotor abilities within the training process
    • Comprehensive updates to the information on training sessions, microcycles, and macrocycles
    • An expanded chapter on the methods for developing muscle strength, including manipulation of loading variables and the conversion to specific strength
    • A more detailed explanation of speed and agility training, differentiating between individual and team sports
    In addition to applying periodization models to resistance training, Periodization also discusses sport-specific endurance. You’ll be introduced to different methods of testing and developing endurance, including the physiological basis for each method.

    Instructors will also find a newly added image bank, allowing access to tables and figures in the text for use when creating lecture materials.

    Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training presents the latest refinements to Bompa’s theories on periodization to help you create training programs that enhance sport skills and ensure peak performance.


    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.

    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 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

    About the Author

    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.


    All ancillaries are free to course adopters and available at

    Image bank. Features most of the figures and tables from the text, organized by chapter. Images can be used in classroom presentations and lectures, handouts, and activities.

    The image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-4482-1