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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. “Mixed training produces mixed results”. Stegeman, in endurance sports ( thousands km). Annual volumes of implement. Block Periodized Training. PDF | Block periodization emerged as a new idea in the preparation of athletes. Based on the analysis of the traditional theory of sports training and its segments .

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Here is my review of the Block Periodization book for the amazon.

He completed his undergraduate studies on Sport Sciences and Ph. Since professor Issurin has lived in Israel and works as a researcher, professional consultant and coordinator for Israeli Olympic National teams since As a member of the national Olympic delegations he took part in five Olympic Games; twice as a team leader of the Israeli kayak and swimming national teams and He has written over scientific articles in national and international journals and over 50 international presentations.

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 blcok development of many abilities pdriodization 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, graining 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 on with the most up-to-date scientific knowledge. The book is in soft cover and A4 format. The binding is sturdy. Paper is high quality and the font is large 12pts with large line spacing, which allows for easier reading.

There is large number of black-and-white figures, tables, example and case study boxes which are very well organized and breakthrougj to understand. The book is organized into 5 periodizatkon and it has about pages. Every chapter has a summary of the main topics discussed and references used in it.

At the end of the book there is a small glossary for most important terms used in the book. There is a clear description of terms and ideas used by traditional theory, along with contradictions and consequences of such approach. New approach, or Block Periodization Concept BPC utilize concentrated workloads with sequential consecutive development of motor abilities with periodizatuon aim of achieving multi-peaks during the year. Residual training effects are explained and there is an interesting table showing residual duration of various motor abilities after cessation of training.


Block Periodization: Breakthrough in Sport Training – Complementary Training

General principles of BPC are discussed, and the new way of structuring the annual cycle with three types of mesocycle blocks accumulation, transmutation and realization is explained. The chapter ends with a table outlining w differences between traditional training approach and BPC. There is also very interesting and clear load breakthroygh classification to developmental, retentional and restorational load.

The concept of key workout is also discussed and explained, along with workout structure warm-up, main part, cool-down and the concept of key exercise or key task.

The most interesting parts of this chapter are the guidelines for constructing workout. This chapter is very interesting and informative since it discuss compatibility and sequencing of training modalities I have never seen in any other book, especially not explained in such clear and to-the-pont way.

Microcycles, mesocycles and training stages There is a differentiation between microcycles the shortest training cycles in three principle ways: The loading microcycle is further differentiated into adjustment, loading and impact based breakthroigh loading level. There is an explanation of load variation in microcylces wave-shape design and discussion on the number of peaks within microcycle.

Since the BPC assumes a high concentration of specialized workloads directed at minimum number of target abilities, this in breakkthrough determines the special demands of the appropriate microcycles, which should show mostly separate, not complex, distribution of workloads taking into account their reciprocal interactions and expected residuals.

Said this, the author presents guidelines for structuring microcycle: There are exampes of 1 microcycle to develop aerobic strength-aerobic abilities, 2 microcycle of high intensity anaerobic workloads, 3 microcycle for explosive strength in highly coordinated exercises, 4 pre-competitive microcycle and 5 microcycle for sport-specific fitness maintenance in dual and team sports.

Further, the three types of periofization proposed by BPC are considered with respect to duration, content and monitoring of training. Specifically, the accumulation, transmutation and realization mesocycles are described with respect to the sequencing of various microcycles. There is also a word on preventing overtraining by athletes self-estimation of training response in their log-book, especially during the fatigue-accumulation transmutation mesocycle.

Block Periodization: Breakthrough in Sport Training

Some interesting concepts worth mentioning here are the effect of taper realization mesocycle on emotional tension and anxiety of the athletes, nutritional advices periocization the taper, the effect of competition and emotional strain in the training stage on training residuals of preceding cycles and the periodiaation of prolongation of training residuals by inclusion of special compact mini-blocks. Long-term spotrs In chapter 4 there are discussions regarding annual plan, quadrennial cycle, sport longevity and long-term preparation of young athletes.

The basics of annual cycle construction included goals and objectives, sequencing the main steps in the annual plan, and general tendencies in workload compilation. Particulars regarding quadrennial planning were given for preparing highly qualified athletes. Special attention was given to workload trends in preparing older and experienced athletes and their younger counterparts.

The common approach to long-term athletic preparation assumes there are four separate stages. They are preliminary preparation, initial specialization, advanced specialization and sports perfection. There is also a discussion of sensitive periodsalong with talent identification.


There is a presentation of so-called dual approach to giftedness, that differs between two factors: Altitude training The concept of altitude training AT is being discussed in this chapter, and to be honest, there are periodizaton useful information that cannot be found in any other book I have read so far, although some of the stuff I already heard breaktthrough my prof.

Vladimir Koprivica during my studies. The chapter begins by laying out scientific background, general factors affecting altitude performance and basics of altitude adaptation.

There is a discussion regarding contradictions of the effect of AT in physiological textbooks vs. The chapter proceeds on a discussion regarding general principles ni AT and the definition of three main goals of AT: There bbreakthrough a description of phases of altitude acclimatization: Post altitude re-acclimatization and the concept of positive and negative phases of athletes state following AT is also discussed and this is the most interesting part of the chapter.

Furthermore, the descriptions of approaches to planning of the training phases and annual training is being discussed, taking into account phases of the acclimatization and re-acclimatization, along with three main goals of AT taken into account. The chapter finishes with guidelines for structuring an altitude preparation program. Altough the book is regarding Block Periodization, there are some very usable informations that can be used outside of this model.

More sport-specific examples should have been introduced.

Block Periodization: Breakthrough in Sport Training by Vladimir Issurin

Well, BP is a tool and every tool have its problem for which is determined to fix. So, the anwer depends on the situation you deal with.

Breskthrough, I hardly imagine that BP can be used in team sports with such a long competition period and short preparatory period, although there are some interesting concepts and ideas like mini-blocks, compatibility and sequencing of training modalities, designing of a microcycle that could also be use in more traditional or complex-parallel periodization.

To conclude, BP has its place and this book is currently the best there is on this subject. The site of Ultimate Athlete Concepts http: The good news is that from now on Complementary Training members can order any of their books with considerable discount. If you are currently not a member, then I would like to invite you to become one. At the bottom of this page members can find the appropriate coupon code and use it whenever they like.

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Join Our Community Now! Breakthrough in Sport Training. What does this product claim? Where can I get it and how much does it cost? I am a physical preparation coach from Belgrade, Serbia, grew up in Pula, Croatia which I consider my home town. I was involved in physical preparation of professional, amateur and recreational athletes psorts various ages in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, martial arts and tennis.