Interview Tudor Bompa and the development of Periodization
Tudor Bompa is known to many as the man who single-handedly revolutionized Western training methods. Name your favorite strength coach and very likely he’s been strongly influenced by the work of Tudor Bompa. Learn his secrets!
By: Mike Mahler
Feb 21, 2003
Tudor Bompa is known to many as the man who single-handedly revolutionized Western training methods. After more than forty years of work in the arena of international sports, he’s widely considered one of the world’s leading specialists when it comes to periodization, planning, peaking, and strength and power lifting. Name your favorite strength coach and very likely he’s been strongly influenced by the work of Tudor Bompa.
Like many top coaches, Bompa began as an athlete himself and competed as a rower in the 1956 Olympic Games. As a coach (if one can even use that limiting term to describe him), Bompa has worked with athletes in eleven Olympic Games and World Championships, and has helped create four gold medals and 22 national champions. He’s presented his training theories is over 30 countries.
In other words, this guy knows his stuff!
Currently, Bompa is a full-time professor at York University in Toronto Ontario. Luckily, he took the time to sit down to an interview with Mike Mahler.
Testosterone: How did you first get interested in strength training?
Tudor Bompa: My athletic background is in track and field, and later on I got into rowing and cross country skiing. I was amongst the first athletes to incorporate a great deal of strength training into training for skiing. That was back in the early 1960′s! My improvements were so visible that many other competitors were aghast. Because of my gains in upper and lower-body strength, I was able to use the skating technique for many parts of the race. Equally important was the use of my superior force in the arms.