Block Periodization II: Fundamental Concepts and Training Design by Dr. Vladimir Issurin
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. Included are factors such as the principles of sports training, the training effect, trainability, designing the training programs and modeling in planning, evaluating and guiding the training. Much of this information has never before been presented. The information relates to block periodization and the role that each of these factors plays.
Practical needs in contemporary sports training dictate making a distinction between short-term and long-term responses to different types of training in athletes. The concepts of delayed and residual training effects have especially great importance both as scientific background and in sports practice for designing of training programs. These concepts and many others are thoroughly looked at in this book.
A substantial part of the book is devoted to designing training programs. This book 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.
Last but not least is his treatment of modeling that can be very productive in terms of finalizing the training targets, individual and collective norms of sport specific abilities and training workloads. This information together with the other information presented, reflect the long-term practical work that has been done with East European (mostly Soviet) and Western coaches and athletes. A lot