Tudor Bompa

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Tudor Bompa
Personal information
Birth name23 December 1932
Borntown of Nasaud, Northern Transylvania
Spouse(s)Tamara Bompa
Country Kingdom of Romania

Tudor Bompa is often regarded as the father of sports periodization theory, a training system developed by the Soviets that emphasised variable loads for optimal performance throughout the year rather than maintaining a constant training focus. Bompa's training theory was a summary of periodization basics laid out by L.P. Matveev and others in his early and only English published Theory and Methodology of Training. Bompa's understanding of periodization has been passed from the Eastern Bloc to the Americas in an incomplete and sometimes inaccurate interpretation.

Prof. Tudor Bompa PhD., one of the world's top specialists who revolutionized the training methods of athletes around the world, is an honorary guest of the Politehnica University Timișoara, who awarded him with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa during the Politehnica Week. The famous professor, who is behind the success of the athlete Ben Johnson, met on November 8 in Timisoara with athletes, coaches, and mass media representatives, who learned some of the secrets that underlie the top athletes' training. Tudor Bompa is known as the man who revolutionized Western training methods. After more than 40 years of work in the international sports arena, he is considered one of the world's top specialists in periodization, planning, performance and strength training.[1]

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


Professor TUDOR BOMPA was born on 23 December 1932 in the town of Nasaud, in Northern Transylvania. He attended his first school classes in his hometown, and in 1949 he moved to the Sports School in Cluj-Napoca, under the patronage of the local “Victor Babeş” University. 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. In Bucharest, he activated within the Central Army House Club, with which he won six national titles at rowing and a silver medal in 1958 at the European Championship. As a student, but mainly after graduation, between 1960 and 1970, he served as Director of the Central Army House Sports Club, as university 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, T. BOMPA being part of the editorial board.[1]


Coaching career[edit]

As a coach, Bompa trained 11 medalists in various Olympics (2 gold medals) and World championships in two sport disciplines: track and field and rowing. He revolutionized the training concepts in cross country skiing.[citation needed]

The system and training methods of the distinguished specialist are proven by the performance of “ Bompațs champions “, who won 11 medals (4 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze) in the Olympic Games and World Championships; 3 medals (2 gold) in the Pan American Games; 22 medals in National Championships (in Canada and Romania).

Two outstanding results have crowned his permanent, uninterrupted concerns in the development and application of his methods in order to achieve the highest level of performance:

Mihaela Peneş, Romanian junior, javelin, Olympic champion in Tokyo in 1964. TUDOR BOMPA managed the physical training of young Mihaela Peneş, for a year and a half in the years 1963-1964. Thus, the 17-year-old unknown, who was not taken into account after a 51-meter qualification, became the Olympic champion in Tokyo with a 60.54-meter throw in the first attempt. She was the “bomb” of the Olympics, “the wonder of Tokyo,” who shocked the world.

Ben Johnson, Canadian Sprinter, Olympic Champion at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, 100 meters. T. BOMPA’s best known “product” is the Canadian Sprinter Ben Johnson. In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, in the “race of the century”, while competing with American sprinter Carl Lewis, Johnson arrived first in the 100-meter competition, with a new world record of 9.79 seconds. This was the peak of the confrontation between the two world speed titans.[1]


With 15 books published, translated into 18 languages, sold in over one million copies and used in 180 countries, Prof. Tudor Bompa Ph.D. has received so far only in Romania the title of honorary citizen of his native town, Năsăud. Moreover, when awarding the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Politehnica University Timișoara, Prof. Tudor Bompa Ph.D. said, visibly touched, that "in my trophy room, it will occupy the most important place." [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 e "Grant of DHC Title to Prof. Tudor BOMPA | Politehnica University Timisoara". www.upt.ro. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  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 2018-05-16.