This week we look at the differences between periodization, programming, and routines. These are often used interchangeably and should not be. There is a mean of delineating the three and refining not only how we speak to them, but also how we implement them. Briefly, the following are discussed:
Periodization – division of a training program into smaller, progressive stages
Macrocycle: long-term training period, usually between six months and one year
My macrocycle might be my timeline to get someone through the OPT Model
Mesocycle: smaller phases within the macrocycle, usually several weeks to a few months
Maybe one phase of the OPT Model
Microcycle: each part of the mesocycle, usually one week
A one-to-two-week look at changes that need to be made to a program. This area is where true programming takes place.
Programming is how the acute training variables change within that period of training to optimize training outcomes.
What is an exercise ROUTINE then?
- When you workout
- What days you workout
- What time you workout
- It can be what you do
- It can be what isn’t changing that will eventually need periodization
- Split routines only
- Same sets / reps / exercises on repeat
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