Simplifying “Complex” Periodization

Perhaps it is the Swiss in me, but I love order. I look at training and I see how I can put nearly every aspect of it in its own little box. You can classify exercises, types of strength, bodily systems used, recovery methods, etc. But the point of classifying it is to see how you can put it all back together. What good is it to classify foods, after all, if you never make a meal?


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  1. […] I wrote about complex periodization last month and the topic also came up a lot in our recent seminars. Just as a quick refresher, complex periodization works all types of exercises simultaneously throughout round. Rather than a progression from general to specific work, athletes will work on technique, strength, speed, etc. simultaneously during each phase of the year. I wrote about some of the advantages of this approach, but there is one bigger advantage I didn’t even get into: complex periodization works well because often it is not even possible to separate the different elements of training. → Related Content: Take a look back at our best posts about training from 2014. We can refer to different parts of training as technical or strength work, but the overlap between the two is great. Taking a throw, for example, is the classic form of technical preparation. But it is also a strength exercise. Each throw produces and counters hundreds of pounds of force. With each throw you become stronger. […]

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