Many strength coaches and personal trainers find periodization to be rigid, generic and complicated - and even irrelevant - that is why I am sharing Flexible Periodization Method.
Do you ever make changes to the training programs that you have created for your athletes and fitness clients? What do you do if your athletes/fitness clients stop making progress?
If you ever create ANY form of changes to the training programs then you are applying Periodization.Why? Periodization is a division of a longer training cycle into different periods, with different goals structures and content of the training program.
Thus, when you create changes in the training program you have a NEW period (with a different goal, structure and content of the training program) and you are in fact applying Periodization.
Periodization as a concept is unavoidable, yet many of us (strength coaches and personal trainers) turn away from Periodization for various reasons:
# Periodization is too complicated and takes too much time:
The Flexible Periodization Method is described through 18 principles, 7 block templates and 11 steps of Program design. Thus, the method can be used both in parts and as a whole with or without written training programs.
# “In our sport we don’t have so many competitions that we don’t have time to apply Periodization
Due to the structure of flexible blocks the Flexible Periodization Method is designed to be adjusted to work for any training and competition schedule.
# “The different phases in Periodization systems don’t match the needs of our sport/the needs of my athlete/client”
Strength and conditioning is justified only by its contribution to the athlete’s ability to training and compete. Some Periodization models require that you “fit the athlete to the system”. Based on a needs analysis, individual goals and assessments, training programs with the Flexible Periodization Method fits the system to the athlete. A training program with the Flexible Periodization Method should only be recognizable based on the results experienced by the athlete/fitness client who is following the program.
# Scientific studies are inconclusive with respect to which Periodization system that is “best”. Ultimately, it is about what works for the individual
Through the use and distribution of fundamental training methods in ‘first choice” workout structures (as well as other features) the Flexible Periodization Method can replicate the loading patterns of any other Periodization system.
# There is little or no scientific evidence to support the long term effects of Periodization
Any coach or trainer knows that athlete’s/fitness clients result in a real life scenario is affected by a combination of many factors. Scientific studies typically investigate a few factors at a time. With respect to the use of Periodization there will not -in any foreseeable future - be a study that proves the “whole”. However, there any many great studies that proves COMPONENTS of Periodization. The Flexible Periodization Method uses the scientific studies that prove components of Periodization to build the whole. (How are you going to structure your long-term training programs while you are waiting for the conclusive studies on Periodization?)
# “I think that there is too much emphasis on sets, repetitions and training methods. Sometimes the athletes are strong enough, fast enough etc. However they still don’t perform”:
No athlete wants’ to sit in the locker room and brag about their new PR after they lost in the first round: The Flexible Periodization Method begins with a needs analysis and a detailed identification of strong and weak links covering spiritual, mental/emotional and all physical factors. This approach prevents a GREAT program with the WRONG goal