Jury Verkhoshanskij has published his new book on application of Block System (Conjugate-Sequence System) in endurance running.
The book can be purchased in electronic form (pdf) on his website.
This is the preface:
In the 50 pages of this book you will learn the theoretical and practical principles upon which the Block Training System for endurance running has been developed, the results of its experimentation, and how has been build the training model with the description of each training means and the training programs used.
However, these principles can also be applied to develop a BTS for other endurance sport disciplines. The author, using the basis of this model, has developed other models for different endurance sport disciplines: rowing, skating and skiing.
More than 20 years have passed since the beginning of the experimentation on this training model; however, it is still a “winning model” as demonstrated by the results of its application in recent years.
One of most successful applications has been developed by Prof. Y. Verkhoshansky and Oreste Perri, Italian Rowing National Team coach (canoe, kayak).
The Italian National team, via the integration of the BTS, won ten Olympic medals (four gold): five in Atlanta 1996, three in Sydney 2000 and two in Athens 2004.
The coaches engaged with endurance sport disciplines can find in this publication the bases and references to develop “their own Block Training System".
I stressed the importance of making Verkhshanskij’s books in English actually readable when I first met with Natalia and Massimo (her husband) and we seem to have got on the right track. I would like to thank Dan for his contribution on the first review and editing (he made things easier for me later).
I was very glad about the comment of Mortac.
James, I really think your contribution raised the quality of the final product, too.
The new version of the Manual will also be at this level.
And right you where. Professor Verkhoshansky’s work is very important, and the “plain English” used in this manual will allow the readers understand (and other cool things are in preparation) this material with ease.
Thank you guys : Carlo, James, Mark and Mark.
I would also like to thank to Dr Vekhsohansky and Dr. Natalia Verkhoshansky for the opportunity to be a part of this.
Haven’t read it but I would be interested. I tried to read some other Verkhoshansky stuff, but I couldn’t, especially his lates strength book which is crap. Anyway, Verkh is way over-rated… I guess he and you did a fine job with this book. Don’t know but I would love to find out.
As a side note, didn’t Jack Daniels utilize a form of block training in his ‘Jack Daniels Running Formula’, which is very readable book by one of the most prominent running-endurance coaches, field tested and easy to apply. If you ask me, I would pick this one, but… gotta check that Verkh stuff.
I have read many theory and methodology books and I consider the BTS book a must read. For istance, there is a very good explanation of the methodological process of conjugated training planning/programming.
As I have been reviewing also the new edition of the manual (what you refer to as the strength book) along with Dr. Natalia Verkhoshanskaya, I can tell you that the content is de facto excellent but the earlier translation was not up to par. In fact, sometime I think people must have pretended to understand more than it could have possible from such translation.
There has always been an aura of mystery with Soviet authors, which seems to attract people. Some of the protocols in the strength book show a real lack of understanding of some Western sports imo e.g., NFL. He seems to regard himself very highly and put down others including Schmidtbleicher, Bompa…
Even with a shitty translation, that book is good. Of course, due to less attentive translation and editing it requires an attentive study. It doesn’t spoon feed the baby, as it seems is the preference today.
It’s just my opionion… its CRAP, it’s unreadable, I didn’t even bother. Again, this is only my opionion and I won’t give reasons, resources, references for it.
Sprinterogue, I look forward to new editions. Hopefully, more readable.
Dan, I have my opinions, if you don’t like them shut the hell up. I’m sick of your Verkhoshansky pimp-da-pimp here.