Mar 3 " I don't have friends, I have thousands of acquaintances. No friends. I figured I had a wife and children." --Charles Bronson
Previously we wrote about athletic periodization here and here.
We certainly aren't taking the stance of the East European Olympic Lifting faction with macro and mesocycles, water cycles, motor cycles or menstrual cycles or any of that.
Basically our stance on cycling is this. Back off of the lifting during peak competition times. You get toward the end of the season and playoffs, that is time to give your athletes extra recovery, not push them to make records in the weight room.
When the end of the season rolls around it's the work you did months before that you can fall back on. They have the strength. That strength allowed them to execute their technique with more power and the like on the court, field, pitch, what have you.
During the end of season back off to one day a week and once you hit the playoffs, you can drop the strength training entirely until your season ends. Your athletes can use the energy not spent in the weight room for recovery and performance at the event.
Two weeks after the season ends, get back at it in earnest. It's 2023 and I get it, there is no "off season" anymore. Well, there is. I'll get to that in another article.
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