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  1. Ronin is offline

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    Periodization.

    Periodization

    What is was and what it is.

    The terms refers to a type of Strength training protocol in which you alternate ( cycle) periods of HEAVY weight training with LIGHT and INTERMEDIATE weight training with rest periods in between.
    This was, I believe, an East European training method, made popular by Olympic Weight lifters from the eastern bloc ( USSR, Bulgaria, etc.)

    When asked how their athletes trained, the coaches explained it as per the above and thus the training method know as “periodization” was born.

    Now, and this is a story I heard to bear with me, it seems that something was lost in the “translation”.
    Yes the athletes did indeed train like that, BUT what was lost was WHY?

    The assumption:
    This changing and varying of intensity and amount of weight being lifted, allowed for the Weight lifter to life ALL year round and PEAK for contest in an accurate and very effective manner.
    But was that the reason ?

    Yeas and no.

    Periodization did/does allow for all that, BUT it was designed with the “enhanced athlete” in mind, in other words:
    The cycles MATCH the cycles for taking steroids.

    The reason they trained their athletes that way was because they found that the athletes neede to cycle the steroids and when they were off them, they could NOT lift as much weight as when they were on steroids ( duh !!). This also allowed them to peak for a competition while getting off the juice ( so not to be caught when tested).

    Now, this does NOT take away from the effectiveness of Periodization as a training protocol, BUT it does remind us that MOST training systems were designed for “enhanced elite athletes” and that we should keep that in mind when setting goals to be achieved.
  2. IndoChinese is offline

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    that's just terrible.
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    I thought this thread had something to do with women....
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    Originally posted by Justme
    I thought this thread had something to do with women....
    It doesn't??
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    Damn, that puts things in perspective.

    Is periodization all that important if you're using weights to supplement training instead of making it your main athletic activity?
  6. FingerorMoon? is offline

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    Periodization is atrributed to Tudor Bompa isn't it ?

    It relates to splitting up the training into specific periods for specific goals.
    The most common example would be something like:

    1) Hypertrophy training - 6 weeks, 4 times a week, 3sets, 8reps per set, minute rest between sets
    2) Strength training - 3 weeks, 3 times per week, 3-5 reps per set, 3 minutes rest between sets
    3) Rest - 1 week, allow body to recover
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    1 week. Hehe.
  8. FingerorMoon? is offline

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    It was an example. I wasn't setting a program.

    Care to elaborate ?
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    i thought periodization was the science and art of avoiding your girlfriend when she's on her period!
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    Oh, I'm just sayin that the older I get the less profound "a week off" sounds in the context of intense workouts. Things may feel ok, but it doesn't mean the system is ready for another trouncing. But like I said, it's all very context sensitive.
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