Previously titled Principles and Basics of Advanced Athletic Training, the books was renamed to more accurately capture the content of the book. The purpose of the second book by Dr. Issurin, published by Ultimate Athlete Concepts, is to provide basic knowledge on general training, summarize up-to-date information on the concepts of training effects and athletes’ trainability, and to share new knowledge on training design and evaluation in the view of the Block Periodization system. The book contains materials and findings, which taken as a whole are devoted to reaching the aforementioned purposes.
The basic terms, methods and principles of sport training, which clarify the comprehensive mechanism of physical fitness improvement, are presented in up-to-date interpretations. In particular, the effects produced by systematic training are a major focus of the author. An unequivocal understanding of training effects requires special elucidation which the author provides. Indeed, practical needs dictate making a distinction between short-term and long-term responses in athletes; such relatively new concepts as delayed and residual training effects have great importance both as a scientific background and practically, for the designing of training programs. Likewise, athlete trainability, meaning the ability to respond positively to training workloads, takes on paramount importance in sport science and athletic training. All these aspects are thoroughly considered with special attention given to the practical needs of coaches and athletes.
A substantial part of the book is devoted to designing training programs. The author’s description touches on traditional training periodization, which was promulgated more than five decades ago, and non-traditional approaches such as Block Periodization, which continue to draw the interest of coaches, athletes, and training analysts. Readers will find unfamiliar thoughts and concepts about Block Periodized training. More specifically, aspects of peaking that are extremely important for competitive sport are considered in light of Block Periodization and the successful experiences of top-level athletes.
The modeling approaches, which are presented in the final chapter of the book, can be very productive in terms of elucidating training targets, individual and collective norms of sport-specific abilities and training workloads. All parts of the book contain unique findings of the author, which were collected during his long-term practical work with Eastern European (mostly Soviet) and Western coaches and athletes.
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