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A Talk with Tudor Bompa



Testosterone: How did you first get interested in strength training?

Tudor Bompa:

T: How did you first begin coaching the things you learned as an athlete?

TB:

T: You've written a great deal about periodization and its application in strength training. In your terms, what exactly is periodization?

TB:

T: What are some of the most common mistakes that athletes make with regard to training?

TB:

T: Not true?

TB:

T: Okay, what's another major mistake you see?

TB:

T: Give us an example of what you mean.

TB:

T: Good point. Any other mistakes you see that drive you nuts?

TB:

T: Are there any strength-training exercises that all athletes should be doing?
 

TB:

T: How about abs?

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T: What are some of the techniques you've used to blast through training plateaus?

TB:

T: So training and performance plateaus are often the coach's fault?

TB:

T: What about altering tempo? For example, taking more time in the concentric and eccentric ranges?

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T: What role does nutrition play in recovery and do you provide nutrition and supplementation advice for athletes?

TB:

T: Fair enough. I've read that in Bulgaria, Olympic athletes train five times a day, seven times a week and that Russian powerlifters bench press up to 21 times a week. What do you think of this training frequency and would these types of programs be beneficial to a natural trainer?

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T: What books do you recommend on strength training — besides yours, of course? Who are the best strength training coaches out there?

TB:

T: Do you feel that some or most strength coaches have a tendency to make their programs too general at times and too complicated at other times?

TB:

T: Give us an example of that please.

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T: A "cocktail" strength and conditioning coach, huh? Interesting term. Any other categories of coaches you notice?

TB:

T: That makes total sense. By the way, do you have any new projects in the works?

TB:

T: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Tudor.

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For more information on Tudor Bompa, go to TudorBompa.com.

Mike Mahler is a certified kettlebell instructor and has been a strength athlete for over ten years. Mike is available for phone consultations and personal training in the Washington DC area. If you'd like more information on a personalized strength training and nutrition program to address your needs or to set up a phone consultation, please e-mail Mike at [email protected] or call him at 703-848-8979.

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