In this episode, we highlight the origins, theory, and distinct training phases of periodization for strength adaptations, as it was popularized in Soviet Russia. In doing so, we provide context for whom, and for how long, this traditional model may work.
We then discuss how one can blend the general characteristics of periodization simultaneously, including general physical preparedness, hypertrophy, strength, power and taper, rather than training each characteristic separately. Ultimately, we argue that for long-term health and performance, the former may be more sustainable for general population athletes while the latter may be optimal for strength athletes with specific strength goals that revolve around a clearly defined competitive schedule.
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