Powerful Planning
Powerful Planning
TRYING TO BALANCE ALL ASPECTS OF AN ATHLETE’S TRAINING PROGRAMME CAN BE DIFFICULT. JOHN SHEPHERD TAKES A LOOK AT RESEARCH THAT CONSIDERS STRENGTH AND POWER PERIODISATION
John Shepherd

RESEARCHERS in Sports Medicine considered different types of periodisation models relating to strength and power and how they could produce peak performance across the training year.

Interestingly a number of sports and levels of sportsmen and sportswomen (including athletes) were considered. Step-wise (more traditional periodisation) and undulating periodisation types were considered. The research was a meta-analysis of other studies.

Strength endurance was dismissed as a viable option for more experienced athletes looking to increase their speed and power. In fact, the researchers went so far as to say: “In high-performance sports, high-repetition strength training (>15 reps) should be avoided because it does not provide an adequate training stimulus for gains in muscle cross-sectional area and strength performance.”

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November 21, 2019