Training Talk with John Kiely (Part 1)

Back in 2012 Vern Gambetta forwarded me an article by John Kiely (full text here; comments by me here), a senior lecturer in sports performance for the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. In it, Kiely wrote about periodization paradigms in the 21st century pointing out features like individualization and flexibility that are the future of periodization. I couldn’t help but agree.


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  1. Dimitri Tsoumpas
    Dimitri Tsoumpas says:

    Sounds like a classic case of looking for the right method … The truth about sport and success is that it is all about interdependence. Lesser coaches have the capability to produce phenomenal results because they can access their athletes. Periodization is a method, it just scratches the surface – no amount of literature can encompass the human experience, that’s what living your life is for! 🙂 nice article …


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