Periodization: What Is It And How Does CFW Use It? Pt. I

Guess what... we have a plan (or more so Ben... Ben has a plan... because he does the programming... )

Periodization is the systematic programming of athletic or physical training. The goal is to reach the best possible performance in the most important competition of the year. It involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period. Conditioning programs can use periodization to break up the training program into the offseason, preseason, in-season, and the post-season. Periodization divides the year round condition program into phases of training which focus on different goals.

We use three main cycles for our periodization, which revolve around the most common "competition" cycles that we have - The Open, and Summer activities.

Our current training has been a competition season of sorts, mostly because the majority of our athletes have a summer sport, or do some sort of hiking or back packing, biking, etc. And we have been using periodization at the gym for some time, whether you realized it or not!

Last Year we went through a transition. We scaled down all of our work and reviewed basics, did mostly Aerobic and Aneorbic Conditioning, Gymnastics and Olympic skill work. Then we ramped up for the Open, then we had the Open,  scaled down a bit for one cycle, and started ramping up again, had some maintenance work, and now we are scaling up again.

So the three main cycles that we will use are Transition, Preparation and Competition. In the middle of the next cycle (which starts on August 21st) we will start our Transition period, then Preparation (for the Open), then Competition (during the Open). Each training period looks different, with specific programming to help the gym meet specific goals throughout the year.