December 2001

Periodization, simply stated, is the organization of training into blocks or units of time that focus on specific skills. The concept has only recently made inroads in Western training, though it is a very old one in the programs of the Soviets and Eastern bloc nations. The most commonly known form of periodization in the United States is the linear style, in which training is broken into hypertrophy, strength, power, and transition phases. This is the style originally developed by the Soviet researcher Matveyev, and this method has often been misunderstood by Western strength coaches. This is what has resulted in...