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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Book Review: Periodization of Strength

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I just finished reading Periodization of Strength by Tudor Bompa and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of periodization and sports-specific training. It's a quick read and is broken down into three section for easy consumption. Sections 2 and 3 cover how to set up each phase of the training cycle and what to do during each of those phases. Bompa's text is supplemented generously with tables and graphics to help economize the info down to the essentials.

If you've ever wondered exactly how much weight you should use to gain strength and how long you should rest to train muscular endurance, this book is worth your time.

UPDATE: In the video I mention something called "strength-power." What I am really referring to is "power endurance," the ability to perform power-based movements over an extend period of time. This, according to Bompa, is a separate skill from strength or power alone.