Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshansky (Author), Mel Siff (Author). Availability: In stock. Product of training optimally. I will never forget what Dr. Siff taught me. “. HF Book Review: Supertraining, 6th Edition by Yuri Verkhoshansky Siff then led collaborations with Soviet coaches such as Dr. Michael. Supertraining Author Who is Dr Mel Siff. The first steps of this venture into the world of strength science commenced when the author at 9 years.

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What better way to kick off one of our soon-to-be many Hurricane Fitness reviews, which will include books, documentary’s and fitness tools a d gadgets, than supeetraining tackling the proclaimed bible of sport science and coaching. I don’t know a person who has read this book that hasn’t come away saying one of two things:. In fact everyone who I know, that read the book, have used both of those sentences to describe the text.

If you’re looking for a quick review then just take this sentence as a summary: Every page read made me a better coach. But it took me a year and a supedtraining to read! And with that I’ll kick off into the specifics of the book’s backgroound, it’s strengths, weaknesses, and my rating out of Verkhoshanksy is easily one of the most respected and admired Coaches of the 20th Century. He was himself an accomplished track and field athlete right up to attending the Central State Sport Institute to study Physical Education in Moscow, Russia.

He then started his illustrious coaching career which culminated in him being placed as Chief of Scientific Laboratory of Training Programming and Physiology of Supertrainkng Work Capacity in Supetrraining.


He died in Mel Siff is also one of the most highly suertraining Sport scientists in history, whom without, we may not have found supertgaining anything about the Soviet or ‘Eastern’ training methods until much later in history. With a Masters in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Physiology, Siff centered his work around sport-related sciences such as biomechanics and muscle physiology.

He spent his youth involved in many sports but eventually favored Olympic Weightlifting, an interest which would eventually culminate in his two year campaign as chairman of the South African Universities Weightlifting Association for more than twenty years and managing the National Weightlifting Team for 2 years.

Siff then led collaborations with Soviet coaches such as Dr. Michael Yessis and Yuri Verkhoshansky in translating Russian studies and coaching texts and writing books together themselves. Siff died in So that leaves us with the book itself.

Super Training by Yuri Verkhoshansky and Mel C. Siff

Supertraining has been published an updated over nearly two decades. The structure of the book is well done. Beginning with a history of sport science and fitness and exercise culture before moving on to the physiological and biomechanical the real ntty gritty science part elements of exercise, then finishing the final third of the book on Periodization and training and programming for specific sports.

The book is filled with references, though none of them date past however this conclusions are in line with what the current consensus is in the Sport Science communityand the authors often throw in their own recommendations and experiences in utilizing the methods taught in the book, which, in my opinion, greatly increases the book’s value.

There truly is no stone unturned in terms of topics covered, from group to individual training, to periodization, to practical psychology and physiology, to biomechanics and learning.


Super Training by Yuri Verkhoshansky and Mel C. Siff – Dr. Yessis SportLab

It truly is a comprehensive guide to sport science. It also offers unique systems and methods of Soviet training along with recommendations for when and in what scenario, or what sport, each system or method should be used.

If you start reading this book, it’s only real limitation will become blatantly obvious. It’s Translation and use of Language! Fortunately, it’s actually not as bad as the two author’s previous collaboration, Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches, which was so bad that the information on one page actually directly contradicted the information on the next, but it does make for a difficult read.

Verkhoshansky and Siff are also sometimes a little too ‘scientific’ for a casual coach, using terminology like ‘the motor apparatus’ instead of simply saying the ‘body’ or ‘arm’. It can also get a bit annoying when the book quotes something along the lines of ‘the author found that plyometrics Other than that it’s hard to find any other fault with the book without seeming like I’m nitpicking.


Even with it’s weaknesses, it has indeed earned it’s unofficial title of “The Bible”. I don’t know a person who has read this book that hasn’t come away saying one of two things: So, let’s start with the authors. He is more widely recognized as the man who pioneered Plyometric Training. Let us know sifff you thought of the book in the Comments section.