Sports conditioning has advanced tremendously since the era when a “no pain, no gain” philosophy guided the training regimens of athletes. Dr. Tudor Bompa pioneered most of these breakthroughs, proving long ago that it’s not only how much and how hard an athlete works but also when and what work is done that determines the athlete’s conditioning level.
In Periodization Training for Sports, Bompa demonstrates how to use periodized workouts in order to peak at optimal times by manipulating six different training phases: anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to power, maintenance, and transition. Coaches and athletes in 32 sports have at their fingertips a proven program that is sure to produce the best results. No more guessing about preseason conditioning, in-season workloads, or appropriate rest and recovery periods; now it’s simply a matter of identifying and implementing the information in this book.
Presented in a useful format with plenty of ready-made training schedules, Periodization Training for Sports is your best conditioning planner if you want to know what works, why it works, and when it works in the training room and on the practice field. Get in better shape next season, and see the benefits of smarter workouts in competition.
Part I: Foundations of Strength Training
Chapter 1. Strength, Muscular Endurance, and Power in Sports
Chapter 2. How Muscles Respond to Strength Training
Chapter 3. Strength and the Energy Systems
Chapter 4. Principles of Strength Training for Sports
Part II: Program Design
Chapter 5. Manipulation Volume, Intensity, and Speed
Chapter 6. Planning for the Short Term: Microcycles and Macrocycles
Chapter 7. The Yearly Training Plan: Periodization of Strength
Part III: Periodized Training
Chapter 8. Phase 1: Anatomical Adaptation
Chapter 9. Phase 2: Hypertrophy
Chapter 10. Phase 3: Maximum Strength
Chapter 11. Phase 4: Conversion
Chapter 12. Phases 5 and 6: Maintenance and Transition
Chapter 13. Fatigue, Muscle Soreness, and Recovery