To Periodize or not to periodize?

Posted: June 18, 2013 in fitness, Muscle Building
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I previously wrote a review on Hypertrophy MAX, in which I discussed the specifics of the first 3 phases of that program. Unlike the phony reviews out there that are in kahoots with the program creators I provided what I believe to be an honest and fair review of what is basically a run-of-the-mill program with a steep pricetag.

That being said, I have a lot of respect for Ben Pakulski, however just as many trainers and coaches I’ve worked with are dead set against periodization as those who are in favor of it, so which is the best method?

Periodization refers to changing up your training modality regularily and progressively to achieve a specific goal. For example you may start with Anatomical Adaptation, move to hypertrophy, then endurance, then to strength and then to a sport-specific modality. The idea here is that you alter the program frequently enough that you do not plateau and stop seeing results.

The alternative to this form of training would be to “sprinkle in” as one of my coaches said, strength and endurance within a primarily hypertrophy-based program. This philosophy would suggest that you focus year-round on your primary goal while doing other modalities just often enough to maintain strength in those areas as well as creating sufficient variety to avoid boredom.

So which of these is more effective?

The answer is probably specific to the individual, but personally I’ve obtained vastly superior results following the second method — training primarily for hypertrophy year-round while adding in a small amount of strength, endurance and flexibility throughout.  That being said, I think it can be effective to “periodize” your diet.

By changing up your caloric intake or macronutrient ratio, you also change up how your body responds to the physical work you put it through… it can also be very enlightening.

Go forth and triumph!!!

  1. […] my previous post on the subject of periodization, I addressed the concept of periodization in exercise programs […]

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