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Welcome to the Periodization Homepage!

Here you'll find everything you need to know about how to cycle your workouts and programs for maximum results!

3 Week Tabata AirDyne Progression
Michael Boyle
- this workout is designed for the large fan AirDynes. Results will be slightly different on the small fan. The small fan model is easier. Shoot for 1.1 mi per set. Do this 1-2 times per week. keep reading

5-3-1 for Athletes
Tim Caron
I am absolutely obsessed with Jim Wendler's 5-3-1 program (2); I think it is a work of genius. The best part of it is the creativity it allows me as a coach/lifter to have. The rep range is perfect; I do not know of an athlete that doesn't need to get better at 5s, 3s, and most importantly 1s. It is a great method for training; the problem is that I do not have athletes that are capable of performing this. keep reading

Twelve Week Conditioning Sample
Michael Boyle
A recent forum post Got me to put this together. The chart below is a sample of a twelve week progression for conditioning. Please be aware that our workouts are done over four consecutive days Monday-Thursday. This is a logistical decision. Our clients like the three day weekend and honestly, so do we.
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In-Season Training Part 2 Days- Sets- Reps
Michael Boyle
As I always say, I love the forum at The posts and threads seem to provide a wealth of article ideas. A recent post on in-season training made me aware that, in spite of writing 3 articles in the past year dealing with in-season training, I still had left some ground uncovered.
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Are We Always Concurrent in Performance Training?
Michael Boyle
I really struggle with the concepts of periodization. Linear? Undulating? Concurrent? Conjugate?
Much of the periodization confusion comes from the fascination of many in our industry with the Westside Barbell philosophy. Westside advocates conjugate periodization, a term many, including me, don't seem to truly understand. The one large differentiating factor for me is that training athletes is not like training powerlifters. This is the basic problem. Powerlifters are athletes but, athletes are not powerlifters. Trying to integrate the concepts used in training by elite powerlifters into the training of athletes is difficult.
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Helping to Avoid Overtraining
Glenn Harris, MS, CSCS
Article and Audio Interview
Today, student athletes are training harder and competing at a higher level than in previous years. A true "off-season" does not exist anymore. Fall sports such as football, soccer, and field hockey have short spring seasons, and spring sports such as lacrosse, baseball, and softball have brief fall seasons as well. Winter sports like basketball, ice hockey, and wrestling compete during most of the academic year, starting in October and lasting until March and April. Looking at the different seasons, a high percentage of student athletes are often in their competitive seasons close to seven months
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Planning the Competition Period in Soccer
Mladen Jovanovic
Soccer, as we all know, is a very complex sport. When I say complex, I mean that success in soccer is dependent on a lot of factors, individual and collective (team). Individual factors are usually technical, tactical, psychological and physical preparedness, with numerous sub-factors among each of them. Team factors are especially complex and depend on team organization, style, cooperation, team spirit, and communication among others. The goal of training is to bring up those factors to an appropriate optimal level during the important time of the year. The problem is that the competitive season is longer and longer in modern soccer. keep reading

Check out Anaheim Ducks Strength and Conditioning Coach Powerpoint Presentation on In-Season Training from the NSCA Southern CA clinic last week
Sean Skahan
The Anaheim Ducks are the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions. Their ability to withstand a long season is due in no small part to the efforts of the team's strength and conditioning coach Sean Skahan. htt keep reading