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Essential Periodization


Essential Periodization goes beyond the simple application of bodybuilding or powerlifting programs to build strength in athletes.

Presented with plenty of ready-made training schedules, Essential Periodization  is your best conditioning planner if you want to know what works, why it works, and when it works in the training room and on the practice field. Get in better shape next season and reap the benefits of smarter workouts in competition. Learn what will be considered the bible of strength training for sport of the next decade.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

Please read before starting your workshop

2. Strength, Muscular Endurance and Power in Sports

Almost all physical activities incorporate elements of force, quickness, duration, and range of motion. Exercises to overcome resistance are strength exercises.

3. How Muscles Respond to Strength Training

Understanding muscle adaptation and its dependence on load and training method(s) makes it easier to grasp

4. Periodization Principles for Strength

Training guidelines fulfill a given training goal. Proper application ensures superior organization with the fewest errors.

5. Program Design

This chapter will help you design your own programs using your understanding of properly calculated rest intervals and sport-specific strength training

6. Short-Term Planning: Microcycles

A successful strength training program is part of a long-term plan.

7. The Yearly Training Plan: Periodization of Strength

A primary objective of training is for the athlete to reach peak performance at a specific time.

8. Phase One: Anatomical Adaptation

Strength training represents an essential element in a coach's quest to produce good athletes.

9. Phase Two: Hypertrophy

The enlargement of muscle size (hypertrophy) is best achieved by applying the methodology of bodybuilding.

10. Phase Three: Maximum Strength

Nearly every sport requires strength, but what each sport really calls for is sport-specific strength

11. Phase Four: Conversion PhaseConversion to Power

Strength training has become widely accepted as a determinant element in athletic performance.

12. Conversion to Muscular Endurance

No matter how intensive or comprehensive it is, strength training cannot result in adequate adaptation and have a positive influence in every sport or event unless the specific physiological needs of the given sport are addressed

13. Strength Training during the Competitive and Transition Phases

Strength training is an important physiological contributor to overall athletic performance.

14. Fatigue, Muscle Soreness, and Recovery

When athletes drive themselves beyond their physiological limits, they risk fatigue.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Essential Periodization 16 Credits
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