Here is my review of the Block Periodization book for the Vladimir Issurin serves as a scientific and professional coordinator at. This second book on block periodization by Dr. Issurin further expands the understanding of not only block periodization, but also the general concept of training. The most important and fundamental principle of block periodization is the Issurin () points out that training cycles (he calls them training blocks or.

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Learn the secrets of successful athletic training Learn the secrets of successful athletic training Table of Contents Chapter 1: Furthermore, the descriptions of approaches to planning of the training phases and annual training issuirn being discussed, taking ixsurin account phases of the acclimatization and re-acclimatization, along with three main goals of AT taken into account. Vladimir Koprivica during my studies. Unlike traditional periodization, which usually tries to develop many abilities simultaneously, the block concept suggests consecutive training stimulation of carefully selected fitness components.

Altitude training The concept of altitude training AT is being discussed in this chapter, and to be honest, there are some useful information that cannot be found in any other book I have read so far, although some of the stuff I already heard from my prof. Further, the three types of mesocycles proposed by BPC are considered with respect to duration, content and monitoring of training. Long-term preparation In chapter 4 there are discussions regarding annual plan, quadrennial cycle, sport longevity and long-term preparation of young athletes.

I was involved in physical preparation of professional, amateur and recreational athletes of various ages in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, martial arts and tennis.

Traditional training periodization, i. The binding is sturdy. Blocj chapter proceeds on a discussion regarding general principles of AT and the definition of three main goals of AT: Accoding to the level of the athlete it means world championships, Olympics, National championships, national junior championships etc.

However, further progress in sport science has reinforced the contradictions between traditional periodization and the successful experiences periodizatjon prominent coaches and athletes. New approach, or Block Periodization Concept BPC utilize concentrated workloads with sequential consecutive development of motor abilities with the aim of achieving multi-peaks during the year.

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.

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 Issurin points out that training cycles he calls them training blocks or mesocycles should be specialized and compiled in order to produce one of three different effects: Training effects Chapter 3: It touches on traditional training periodization which was promulgated more than five decades ago, and nontraditional approaches such as block periodization which continues to draw the interest of coaches, athletes, and training analysts.


The loading microcycle is further differentiated into adjustment, loading and impact based on loading level. Gradually, these experiences led to alternative coaching concepts and, ultimately, a revamped training approach called Block Periodization.

Main characteristics of the three types of blocks-mesocycles modified from Issurin, Characteristics Accumulation phase Transmutation phase Realization phase Targeted motor and technical abilities Basic abilities: 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.

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 easy to understand. Well, BP is a tool and every tool have its problem for which is determined to fix. 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.

Block periodization versus traditional training theory: a review.

The training cycles of highly concentrated specialized workloads were coined “training blocks” by experts and practitioners; correspondingly, the alternative versions were termed “block periodized BP preparation systems” by their presenters.

Its general priodization suggests the use and sequencing of specialized mesocycle-blocks, where highly concentrated issurln workloads are focused on a minimal number of motor and technical abilities. Mental preparation Recovery Periods of recovery needed for adaptation. Sports Med Anyway, I hardly imagine issudin 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 blodk microcycle that could also be use in more traditional or complex-parallel periodization.

Some interesting concepts worth mentioning here are the effect of taper realization mesocycle on emotional tension and anxiety of the athletes, nutritional advices during the taper, the effect of competition and emotional strain in the training stage on training residuals of preceding cycles and the method of prolongation of training residuals by inclusion of special compact mini-blocks.

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The most interesting parts of this chapter are the guidelines for constructing workout. Since the BPC assumes a high concentration of specialized workloads directed at minimum number of target abilities, this in turn 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.


The trials and successful experiences of prominent coaches and researchers led to alternative training concepts and, ultimately, to a reformed training approach that was called block periodization BP. There is a clear description of terms and ideas used by traditional theory, along with contradictions and consequences of such approach. Since professor Issurin has lived in Israel and works as a researcher, professional consultant and coordinator for Israeli Olympic National teams since Learn the secrets of successful athletic training.

Major contradictions between traditional theory and practice needs appeared as 1 an inability to provide multi peak performances during the season; 2 the drawbacks of long lasting mixed training programs; 3 negative interactions of non-compatible workloads that induced conflicting training responses; and 4 insufficient training stimuli to help highly qualified athletes to progress, as a result of mixed training.

Particulars regarding quadrennial planning were given for preparing highly qualified athletes. The next step is the dividing of the annual cycle into training stages, where each one contains a consecutive combination of extensive work on basic abilities, more intensive work on sport-specific abilities and the reduction that is accomplished by testing or competition.

The common approach to long-term athletic preparation assumes there are four separate stages. The present review introduces innovative concepts of training periodization and summarizes a large body of findings characterizing their potential benefits and possible limitations.

It is suggested that the CU training strategy suits athletic disciplines demanding one fitness component like explosive strength in jumping performances. 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 finishes with guidelines for structuring an altitude preparation program.

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Sports team management software Online team membership management, combined with coaching software Try it for free. The rational sequencing of specialized mesocycle-blocks presupposes the exploitation and superimposition of residual training effects, perioeization idea that has recently been conceptualized and studied.

Residual training effects are explained and there is an interesting table showing residual duration of various motor abilities after cessation of training.