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  1. Block Periodization
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  2. Block Periodization

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The basis of contemporary training was founded several decades ago when scientific knowledge was far from complete and athletes' workloads, results, and demands were much lower then they are currently. At that time the traditional training periodization, as a division of the whole seasonal program into smaller periods and training units, was proposed and elucidated. This traditional periodization was republished many times and became a universal and monopolistic approach to training planning and analysis. However, further progress in sport science has reinforced the contradictions between traditional periodization and the successful experiences of prominent coaches and athletes. Gradually, these experiences led to alternative coaching concepts and, ultimately, a revamped training approach called Block Periodization. Its general idea presupposes the use and sequencing of specialized mesocycle-blocks, where highly concentrated training workloads are focused on a minimal number of motor and technical abilities. Unlike traditional periodization, where simultaneous development of many abilities is the norm, the block periodization concept proposes the consecutive training stimulation of carefully selected fitness components. This new approach has been implemented in various sports and has led to outstanding athletic achievements. Therefore, the purpose of this book is to introduce Block Periodization of sport training as a general concept and as the basis for a revamped training system. The adoption of this system requires reformation of many theoretical positions and practical guidelines, which previously seemed unshakable. This book is intended for coaches, athletes, researchers and physical education students. It is unique in the field because it links successful experience from world sport practice with the scientific basis of sport training. It consolidates empirically proved positions with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Talks a lot, says little. This text provides very little usable information for a coach. Anyone familiar with traditional periodization could simply substitute the word "block" for "mesocycle" and save some $.
Issurin's Block Periodization gives an easy layout to understand the deep subject of block periodization. He lays out each layer of the process of developing the annual or 4 year plan for the athlete. He gives you everything from how to create the year plan, to the block setup, to the weekly, and daily breakdown of your training. He also explains the idea of using residuals to move from one block to the next. There is a lot of great information in this book for anyone who wants to learn more about this type of training.
Overall, I'm very disappointed.

- The book is 202 pages of actual content. However, the pages are 60% white space; the font is double spaced, the graphs and tables are unnecessarily large. You're actually getting about 75 pages of true content.

- Almost all of the athletes and "case studies" are of the endurance type. I'm interested in strength, power, and speed. The book makes very little mention of these qualities (maybe 2 or 3 pages devoted to discussing an Olympic medalist in the hammer throw, that's it).

- The information is weakly scientific. The author has relatively few references, and most of them are books and not scientific studies. The author is definitely an expert, but the reader should be aware that most of what is written is an expert opinion backed weakly by scientific studies, and somewhat strongly by selected real world examples of Olympic athletes. If you are into endurance training, this book is likely very interesting;... Read more
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