A search of the last thread on periodization yielded...yeah. Search for it and enjoy it if you wish.
A couple of months ago I switched my rep scheme from 10/8/6/4 to 6/4/2 on most exercises to focus on strength. It worked. I am throwing weights around that makes my nipples hard just thinking about. The problem is I also started training in MMA again about a month ago and as I mentioned on a different thread, I almost seriously injured my knee. I did heavy leg presses and when I trained MA 4 days later, it was still weak and I almost did some serious damage. So then I was faced with a quandary: continue with the intense weights and risk injury, or take it easy in the gym (gasp) so I can focus on MA.
So I found a book that I bought many moons ago on periodization: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
I never gave it more then a cursory once-over until a few days ago. It seems like it might be an interesting route to try if one trains in the typical sport with actual seasons. But since I don't have a competition coming up, it was a little difficult to design a macrocycle.
But I decided that my weight training for the next two months will focus on compound exercises but with less effort. So if my workout calls for a set of 8 on seated db shoulder press, instead of using a weight that I can only do for 8 reps, like 95 lb dbs, I'll use 85s instead.
Yes it will suck doing less than maximum effort, but my goal is to focus on improving my MA skills. This requires my body to have recovered from weights by the time that I train MA, so it seems like this will be a necessary evil. Not giving it all in the gym sucks, but not as much as getting injured at MMA class.
Does anybody have any experience with periodization (in relation to MA, not bodybuilding), or any valid research on the topic?