For those who didn’t train with coach Igloi , it is quite difficult to understand his training methods. Of course was coach Igloi who didn’t want to share his training knowledge, as other great coaches did, (Geschler, Lydiard, P. Coe, Canova etc.) and that’s why no one can gives you the best answers that you want.
I ‘ll try to give you-as best I can-some general thoughts about his methods.
A. Coach Igloi training has nothing to do with Lydiard one. Igloi had many influences from European training system, like Swedish (Hagg-Anderson), German, and put all these things to his own scientist knowledge and experience.(You have to know that Igloi was a very good athlete-800m. and 1500m.-before B world War, he competed at Berlin Olympic Games).
B. Through his coaching years , he had many times change his training system. The first years at Hungary , with the great athletes-Iharos, Roszavolgyi, Tabori-tried to use vary training methods, and then in California had already clear his training plan. Finally in Greece used a more complicated training system because the circumstances were differents.
C. Someone who has watched coach Igloi training can tell you that the athlete may run for two hours continuously ,using many different speeds and many different technique . Athlete stopped running only when coach Igloi gave him the next training orders. Usually that happened three times in every session. For example the athlete warmed up 20min.,no stretching, 10*100 shakeups and then the first orders, usually some laps with 120 speed up/80 jogging, 150 good speed/50 jogging and between them maybe some laps with 300fresh on grass/100 jogging. Then the athlete took from coach new orders, like some sets of 4*400at specific time /100 jogging 3 times and after each set 9*200 good swing tempo/50 jogging on grass and at the last came back for the last orders maybe 1*400, 1*300, 1*200 very fast with 2*600 fresh on grass and 3*120 all out /120 jogging. That is maybe an evening training session. You can imagine that all time coach Igloi talked to athlete how to run, how to move his arms, his body straight, his strides long or short and always running-no walking .
D. Coach Igloi had no periodization . The athlete could run fast all season , running on spikes all year.
E. Coach Igloi build up a great aerobic base through many km in every session with too many speeds inside. When the athlete was running fast then had to run some easy laps and then the same. Of course every day was a hard day and I think that is the point of coach Igloi training system for discuss. His athlete could very soon to peaking up but the next step was sometimes with injuries, or at the same level.
You see there is a big question about his Hungarian athletes, I mean if they could run in Melbourne Olympic Games, and then the American athletes, like Beatty, Seaman, Grelle, they had great times but only Shull won an Olympic medal.
I tried some times to have a conversation with coach about these but ever had some good answers, coach himself was a very closed man and on the other hand I had so great respect on him that I didn’t want to depressed him.