Last fall I was commissioned to write “Performance Optimization with Periodization” for the Danish Federation of Sport.
“Performance Optimization with Periodization” is going to be a 100+ page book to be used in the education of coaches within the Danish Sport System.
I am currently investing most of my writing time in “Performance Optimization with Periodization” and thus, the blog posts in April are a break from “Beyond Functional Training.”
Chapter 3 is titled “Essential Characteristics of Periodization Systems.”
The periodization systems that I analyze and review include linear periodization, reverse linear periodization, conjugate periodization and block periodization.
The review includes a description of the system, what the system is good for, strength and weakness compared to the other systems.
Research studies are constantly showing conflicting results.
Linear periodization is best. No, non-linear periodization is best. Why? The reason for the conflicting results is caused by differences in the subjects participating in the studies (for example, trained vs. untrained) as well as the design of the study (for example, how variation is applied to the training program).
I predict that the contradictions will persist and the scientists will keep stating that “more research is needed.”
Meanwhile, strength coaches and personal trainers need to create training programs.
Here is the good news: While the studies disagree on which system is best, the EFFECTIVE FEATURES of the different systems, for example, variation, stand out pretty clearly.
For this reason, I encourage you to forget about the systems and focus on capitalizing on the effective features of each system in a flexible way. (This is exactly how The Flexible Periodization Method works).
While I can’t share the whole chapter, I will share on a daily basis, what I find during the research and writing process.
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To Your Success,
PS: The Flexible Periodization Method is a system of systems, rather than one specific way of training. Therefore, there will never be a scientific study on The Flexible Periodization Method.