I found this interview with an UK journalist and wish I knew his name. I thought you would enjoy reading some of the little known history of Tudor. (Fred)
Tudor Bompa is one of the world’s foremost sports training experts. He is the only coach to have produced Olympic and world champions in two different sports – athletics and rowing. He has been called the father of periodization (training planning). I bet there aren’t any athletes in the world who don’t owe their successes (even if they don’t realize it) to Bompa’s theories in one way or another.
As a strength coach and teacher for many years the question always comes to my mind when I read, listen too or hear other trainers and teachers talk, is the true motivation of these indivduals when it comes to their athletes or students.
The answer is always the same: “We should give them the best we can”, is the common response.
What this article is about is my observations and views on this subject. That, in many cases this is such a lie that I get sick to my stomach when I hear it. I cannot stop thinking of the athlete or students that puts his heart and soul behind some coach who is allowing their personal egos or even worst fear of lossing power to deny their young athletes the best chance they can get.
As for the parents, who think they sons or daughters are getting the best, well boy are you in for a surprize. PARENTS BEWARE
This just had to be the first place I made the announcement , finally, the release of the ab book myself and my co-author Robert K Blom PT, have been working with for 15 years. This seems to be the best place to give a little history on the writing of the book and the history around the the invention of the ab mat, a simple tool that is and will revolutionize abdominal training which really was the inspiration for the book. The Book “Abdominal Training”, Myths Debunked.
As the youth of the so called “New Generation” of fitness instructors begin to crop up in Norway, I just had to make a comment . Since what makes you cool is how much you can deadlift in this case and get the TV to listen to you. I mean they have no one else so pick anyone. I am sure this happens in many areas in the US and other fitness new countries. I just saw a really funny interchange in a national newspaper with a rather experienced trainer living in the US, where you better be careful of calling yourself an authority and some young guy here. Then I watched the young guy do deadlifts. He had no idea. That is what pushed me to show ,what I felt was a really good video on how to do the deadlifts that some of you new guys might like.
The simple answer is, training to failure or what mood you are in ever time you train is never the answer. Once you understand “Progressive resistance” you will open yourself to gains you never thought possible.