Tudor Bompa

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Tudor Olimpius Bompa
Personal information
Birth name23 December 1932
BornNasaud, Romania]
Alma materNew York State University (Buffalo) and Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Spouse(s)Tamara Bompa
Country Kingdom of Romania

Tudor Bompa is a sports scientist.

Currently,[when?] Bompa is a Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[citation needed] He is married to Tamara Bompa who is an associate lecturer at York University.


Tudor Olimpius Bompa was born on December 23, 1932 in the town of Năsăud, Romania. He attended his first school classes in his hometown, and in 1949 he moved to the Sports School in Cluj-Napoca. During his junior years, he was part of the national athletics team, and won several silver and bronze medals at the National Championships, in the pentathlon, javelin and discus competitions.[1]

In his teens, Bompa played competitive soccer and competed in sprint and pentathlon. After an ankle injury, he swapped to rowing, which he found difficult as it is an endurance sport rather than a strength sport that he had been used to through his track and field career.[2] At the 1958 European Rowing Championships, he won a silver medal in the coxed four event.[3]

He attended the courses of the Institute of Physical Culture and Sports, a prestigious sports academy in the Romanian capital city, Bucharest, which he graduated at the age of 24, in 1956. Between 1956-1970, he served as Director of the Central Army House Sports Club, as an assistant professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Timisoara and the University of Bucharest, and as Athletic Director at Politehnica Timișoara Sports Club. Starting in 1960, he laid the foundations of new training methods for performance athletes, which were first published in the journal “Studies and Research” Politehnica Timişoara.[1]

== Honors ==Tudor O. Bompa has received 23 honors in 21 countries, including Life-Long Achievements Awards,NSCA,in Las Vegas, 2014. He has also received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, Politehnic University Timisoara, 2017. His most prominent book, Periodization:Theory and Methodology of Training has been voted Year Book, 2018, a best seller, and Best Sports Scienc Book of 2018.

Coaching career[edit]

Bompa trained several Olympics and World Champion medal winners. He trained Mihaela Peneş between 1963-1964. The 17-year-old became the Olympic champion in Tokyo with a 60.54-meter throw in the first attempt. Canadian sprinter Ben Johnsonwho won the gold medal in the 100-meter sprint with a new world record of 9.79 seconds at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.[1] and several medalists in rowing at the European Championships.


Bompa has published 19 books, some of them being translated into 22 languages (have sold over one million copies.[1]

  1. The Cyclist's Training Bible — published 1996 — 13 editions
  2. Periodization Training for Sports — published 1999 — 8 editions
  3. Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training — published 1994 — 6 editions
  4. Serious Strength Training - published 1998 — 7 editions
  5. Total Training for Young Champions - published 1999 — 2 editions
  6. Periodization in Rugby - published 2008 — 4 editions
  7. Theory And Methodology Of Training: The Key To Athletic Performance - published 1983 — 3 editions
  8. Periodization Of Strength: The New Wave In Strength Training
  9. Conditioning Young Athletes - published 2015 — 2 editions
  10. Power Training for Sport: Plyometrics for Maximum Power Development - published 1994 — 3 editions
  11. Total Hockey Conditioning: From Pee Wee To Pro - published 1999 — 3 editions
  12. Fitness And Body Development Exercises
  13. 週期化運動訓練
  14. Musculacion. Entrenamiento avanzado
  15. Total Training For Coaching Team Sports: A Self Help Guide
  16. Periodización del entrenamiento deportivo (Deportes nº 24)
  17. From Childhood to Champion Athlete - published 1995



  1. ^ a b c d "Grant of Doctor Honoris Causa at the Politehnic University Timisoara". www.upt.ro. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ Koch, Fred (7 October 2013). "Interview with Tudor Bompa". Tudor Bompa Institute. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  3. ^ Heckert, Karlheinz. "Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Vierer m.Stm.)" (in German). Sport Komplett. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Books by Tudor O. Bompa (Author of Periodization Training for Sports)". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.