Is the application of principles of periodization necessary in your training programs?
There are coaches and trainers who say no: "Periodization is not necessary". "We can't use periodization with our athletes."
I believe that these coaches base their statement on a misunderstanding of what periodization REALLY is.
Periodization is a division of a longer training cycle into different periods with different goals, structures and contents of the training program. (These periods are sequenced in such a way that performance and selected physical abilities are optimized on a pre-determined date or in a pre-determined time period).
With the above definition periodization becomes the over-arching concept for breaking through any plateau to experience ones full potential.
"Insanity is defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different result". Thus, when athletes and clients reach the inevitable plateau on a given training program SOMETHING about the program must change. When you change this SOMETHING, you automatically have a NEW period with a new goal, structure and content of the training program.
Effective periodization is not pre-determined patterns of changes in volume and intensity. Effective periodization is flexible and provides guidelines for creating systematic changes to the training program to continuously move forward towards the stated goals/ones full potential.