Thread: Length of Cycles
8/06/2008 6:53pm, #1
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Length of Cycles
I am trying to create a long-term schedule of resistance training for grappling. What would the optimum length of resistance training cycles (strength, power, power-endurance) be if a competition date is not part of the equation? For myself, I think that the length of the strength cycle would be less than the power and endurance cycles since I have lifted for strength on and off for many years and I am very strong for my size. My endurance is not that great, however.
8/07/2008 4:04pm, #2
Before I begin, is there any reason in particular you are pursuing a linear periodization style of training rather than a conjugate style?"Emevas,
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8/08/2008 11:20am, #3
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I was under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that you achieve less results if you are trying to train strength and endurance at the same time.
8/08/2008 11:55am, #4
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Depends on how you do it and depends on your goals. With a linear method, you peak in one aspect (say strength) at the risk of plateauing on another (say endurance) because the attributes obtained in one phase are not necessarily carried to the next.
Now, if you are simply in need to peak in one aspect (strength, or size if you were a bodybuilder) and you do not need to train other aspects such as endurance, agility and explosiveness, focusing on one aspect will be fine.
For many athletes that don't have an "off-season", like most combat athletes, you don't really have that luxury at any point in time because you need all those aspects (strength, power, endurance, speed/agility). In a nutshell, most periodization programs would be based on some combinations of strenght, plyometrics and anaerobic endurance (some of it within your sport, and some of it as supplemental training).
You should really check Ross Enamait's work. He does not use a linear method at all. His method deals with strength, power and anaerobic endurance within weekly microcycles in 50-day cycles.
Having said that, your primary source of endurance training should be coming from your grappling. Now, if you can objectively say that your strength is optimal, and if you are grappling 2-3 times a week and you still have problems with endurance, then this might be one instance in which you would just focus on that aspect where you are lacking: endurance.
In any case, your current grappling schedule will dictate how much time you have available for additional training. Rather than trying to set up a long-term plan, decide first what you need to take care the most. Once you take care of that, then focus on getting your endurance primarily from grappling and your strength primarily from strength training (adding more endurance or strength training IF YOU NEED TO as you approach a competition date.)Read this for flexibility and injury prevention, this, this and this for supplementation, this on grip conditioning, and this on staph. New: On strenght standards, relationships and structural balance. Shoulder problems? Read this.
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