Periodization > Randomization
When we take a look at what we see other people doing, in a variety of different fields in fitness, we can clearly see that chaos is going on in their program, or they are following a program that elicits the muscle to look a certain way but does not perform well under high demand. Even worse, the muscle performs under high demand, but the surrounding tissue is completely ****ed, AND secondary muscles are not even firing off. This drives us up the wall! We have even seen people say or THINK, because they saw it in some muscle magazine or youtube video it is the right way of doing something.
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Israetel et al(2015) actually defines periodization very well: “The logical sequencing of training variables for the purpose of eliciting maximal adaptations, reducing injury rates, and peaking the athlete for best performance at a particular time of his/her choosing. The final product of applied periodization is a properly constructed macrocycle of training that leads to beneficial results.” -Simplest way to understand this, prioritize training for the best results, both in short, medium and long-term planning.
What you saw in the picture above, was NOT even close to what real training looks like. That was someone who saw something in a magazine and decided it was “best practice” versus solid backed science.
Speaking of, solid backed science, the philosophies and theories we utilize here at Barbell Beast are nothing but that. While we don’t have one specific cookie cutter way of doing things, that is a good thing, because we do actually customize YOUR program to YOUR needs.
An example way of understanding how we work and why you want periodization over randomization is as simple as cycles and building blocks. Think of this like a funnel filling up a jug of water. You start with a broad general base, working on multiple facets to develop a healthy baseline fitness; this is also “rookie training” and set the stage for what needs to be worked on next. The areas we look at in the basis of any athlete are; strength, speed, power, aerobic, and anaerobic ability. As we progress through the training program, things become more focused on said sport the person is looking at or is participating in. Developing a more sport specific style training regiment, and then finally as we near the end or “game time” we get very specific with what we are trying to elicit, whether explosive power, raw strength, endurance etc etc. This really is dependent on the specific demands of the athlete’s chosen endeavor.
The great thing about all this, and utilizing this method, no matter where you are in your journey, we can easily fit you into this mold and continually progress you, even if you just want “general fitness” as your goal.