What is it and why is it important?
The goal of periodisation is to maximise your performance and improvement whilst reducing your risk of injury and the staleness of your training over the long term.
Periodisation is the division of longer training cycles, called macrocycles, into smaller and more manageable intervals, known as mesocycles, with the goal of managing and coordinating all aspects of training to reach peak performance at a certain point in time, such as a race or competition, or alternatively to manage performance and improvement effectively over longer training periods like football season.
Periodisation is one of the methods V&B Athletic use in the design of our training programs such as STRONG by V&B Athletic where planned manipulation of training variables, like load, sets, and repetitions, enable us to maximise training adaptations of our athletes and prevent the onset of overtraining syndrome (OTS). This is key in the effective management and education of our athletes.
- Each mesocycle can target a specific goal or series of attributes to be developed within a designated period of time.
- Periods of appropriate overload and recovery are designated within each mesocycle. This is done to ensure the neuromuscular system adapts maximally.
- Alterations to training load or stress, volume, and intensity can be made, where necessary, within each mesocycle.