Where is Periodization Headed?

Modern sport has changed drastically over the past several decades. More money has entered sports, seasons have gotten longer, travel demands have increased, along with many other changes. The result is that we are no longer training towards the same goals that we once were. Our periodization models, however, have not always adapted to keep up with the current reality.

Today we are releasing the latest in our series of HMMR Classroom Lessons. In a new 90-minute video Vern Gambetta and I take a look at periodization and planning trends. Just because the current reality has changed does not mean we need to throw out everything we’ve done before. Therefore I start out by taking a look at how planning and periodization methods have evolved over the last century, providing more detail and context to my
article on the topic from two years ago. Names like Percy Cerutty, who Steve Magness recently profiled, pioneered training methods – like barefoot running and weightlifting for runners – which are still being called revolutionary half a century.

Learn more: Watch our newest HMMR Classroom Lesson on periodization and planning trends.

That being said, things have changed. We have to build upon what came before us. In the 1950s and 1960s, for example, athletes trained towards one important competition every four years and worked jobs alongside training. Therefore models need to be updated and Vern and I spend time discussing how sport has changed, how to address the new complexity, what factors now need to be considered, and examples of modern approaches in practice. HMMR Plus members can watch the video here. Non-members can either sign up now or purchase the video individually.

This video is the third in our series of HMMR Classroom Lessons. Our focus in 2017 is to expand our library with at least one new video a month. We just finished shooting videos on multi-jumps for February and medicine ball throws for March. We are also working on lessons about hammer throw technique, basic sprinting drills, and coordination training. If you don’t want to miss out on this premium content, become a member now for unlimited access to the HMMR Classroom, our online meetups, the Sports Science Monthly, and more.

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