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Fundamentals of Sports Training


Several years ago I went on a relentless hunt for the original book on periodization, “Fundamentals of Sports Training” by L. Matveyev. This book was referenced as a source in just about every single Russian text ever written and cited as the first book ever written on the subject of periodization so I was dying to read it.

The problem I ran into was that it was written in 1977 and the last printing was in the early 1980s. Needless to say, finding a copy, let alone a copy written in English was not easy. Nobody I knew had a copy or had even ever seen it printed in English, and I know a lot of people who are into this sort of material.

Fortunately, after a few months of searching around I was able to find someone who tracked a copy down for me in a library in Canada. I then had it scanned and turned into a .pdf so I could read it. I was amazed at the depth of information and the relevance of the material covered in it. Despite being written more than 30 years ago, this book is still far ahead of so many books on the subject and it actually cleared up several concepts for me.

Today, I’d like to pass along this invaluable piece of historic training work along to those who will value the information and take the time to read it and apply it. I’ve read just about every major book on the subject, those worth reading anyway, and this one is literally the original. Yes, this really is the first book ever written on the concept of periodization.

It’s not my information to sell and the publishers are long gone, so I’m giving it out for free. My motivation for doing so is simply I think the content of the book is important and needs to be passed on. There are probably just a small handful of the books actually out there. In fact, you can find a few used copies on Amazon but they are selling for $200-400 US. I can’t imagine that many people are buying it for that much, though it’s certainly worth it.

In any event, consider this a gift from me to everyone that is a member of 8weeksout. I can guarantee you will not find it anywhere else, like I said it literally took me months to find it.

If you are an athlete, a coach, a trainer, or just take your own fitness seriously, I guarantee you will get something from the book. I think it’s a must read if you really want to understand the original concept of periodization from one of the pioneers in the field. The concepts in the book literally paved the way for the entire architecture of the training system used by all the coaches/athletes in the USSR and the entire eastern bloc as a whole. All the great Russian coaches and scientists started their education with this book and they still consider it one of the definitive works on the subject.

In any event, it is completely free to download, I am simply asking that you share a link on Facebook or Twitter to help spread the word about 8weeksout.com in return. All you have to do is click the “Share to Get” button below and share a post to get access to the free download. As soon as you post, you’ll be given instant access to the link to download the book.

Read it, study it, apply it. You’re welcome

– Joel


45 Responses to Fundamentals of Sports Training

  1. novacekn says:

    Wow, thanks Joel! I was looking for something new to read since I’ve finished Supertraining, Conditioning for Strength and Human Performance, and IOC Strength & Power In Sport.

  2. conr1 says:

    Thanks Joel

    Much appreciated.

  3. jdshawjs says:

    Thanks Joel! I appreciate it very much.

  4. jdshawjs says:

    I can’t get the 2nd link to work.

  5. cjfountaine says:

    Thanks Joel, looks like a great read

  6. rude bwoy says:

    i haven’t been able to get the download link to work either.

  7. cpearson42 says:

    Access link is also not working for me…

  8. krypt says:

    Can`t download, even after updating Adobe as it suggested. Still keeps coming back as out of date.

  9. qb0708 says:

    The link to the book does not work for me either.

  10. spenna says:

    would love to see this

  11. jleeger says:

    really awesome! thanks Joel!

  12. zephiel7 says:

    Unbelievable! Much appreciated Joel – you’re the man!

  13. hornetdriver says:

    That is indeed a very much appreciated and fine gift, thank’s alot. Keep on the good work Joel.

  14. a-dawg311 says:

    Thank you sir, for your kindness.

  15. youknowit34 says:

    Thanks. Great resource

  16. stroutman81 says:

    Thanks Joel – good stuff.

  17. shivasmapapadam says:

    I’m also having trouble getting to the actual pdf in the end. a url that seems to contain the pdf is displayed but the page won’t load.

  18. Joel says:

    To everyone having issues….once you hit the “share to get” button and you make a post, there is a link that shows in the same box. You need to right click that box and hit “save as” in order to download the file. It’s a 60MB file, if you just click the link it will try to open in the window and will take forever to download. If you right click and save as then you can save it to your computer.

  19. brianrobinson says:

    Thank you, Joel.

    Brian

  20. ape says:

    Thank you for this Joel.

  21. jonjitsu says:

    No facebook/twitter no cookie…

  22. jdshawjs says:

    Would not work on facebook, so i had to start a twiter account.
    But i got it, thank you sir are a great man.

    Thank you Joel Very Much

  23. Nate_Regensburg says:

    Excellent find, Joel – Thanks for the hook up!

  24. KRamirez says:

    Thanks Joel!!!

  25. keye77 says:

    Thank you so much, Joel! What an amazing resource!

  26. gito says:

    lot of Thanks Joel takecare

  27. compton1 says:

    thanks joel,

  28. swolja says:

    thanks a bunch joel, its always awesome to read something new and informative

  29. afetter1 says:

    Thanks joel

  30. fourty20 says:

    Is this still available?

  31. MichaelR says:

    Oh, I have to join something called Cloud Flood. Do I have to?

  32. tone2423 says:

    Incredible find! Thanks for the download.

  33. [...] He writes: “Today, I’d like to pass along this invaluable piece of historic training work along to those who will value the information and take the time to read it and apply it. I’ve read just about every major book on the subject, those worth reading anyway, and this one is literally the original. Yes, this really is the first book ever written on the concept of periodization.” Filed Under: books, coaching, downloads, periodization, program, training [...]

  34. KMCG says:

    Still working on getting the PDF of Matveyev’s book!

  35. Angry Norseman says:

    Is this still available? When selecting the link I do not get the option to save as.

  36. Angry Norseman says:

    Never Mind. I was able to get it through Everything Gym. Thanks a bunch Joel! Love the areobic-anaerobic stuff.

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