Periodizing Your Workouts


    Periodizing Your Workouts

    Have you ever gotten bored of your workout routine? Are your exercises becoming stale and monotonous? Do you want to become more enthusiastic about fitness and sharpen your focus toward reaching your goals? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then allow WHF to introduce you to the concept of periodization.

    Some of the benefits of utilizing periodization include:

    ·         Improved endurance, strength, power ·         Better motor performance
    ·         Utilizing cross-training ·         Maintaining energy and focus
    ·         Gains in muscle hypertrophy (increase in muscle size) ·         Prevention of over-training/injury

    Periodization is the process of varying your training program to bring about optimal gains in physical performance. The concept of periodized workouts grew out of the development of General Adaptation Syndrome (also known as the GAS principle) in the 1950s. The GAS principle highlighted a positive biological stress known as eustress, which in this case represents the benefits listed above. Periodization utilizes the GAS principle by creating positive eustress rather than negative distress in people’s bodies.

    Research and experiments have proven the superiority of periodized training programs over non-periodized training programs and random workout variations. The process varies certain elements of one’s workout regiment so as to maximize progress. To reach the peak of one’s fitness and performance requires energy and focus. At WHF, we mix up both the intensity and the volume of workouts. Periodization alternates high volumes of low-intensity training with low volumes of high-intensity training. Most periodized methods decrease volume and increase intensity over time.

    At WHF, we use our cutting-edge knowledge and expertise to help you go above and beyond your fitness goals.

    Written by: Anthony Iati and Christian Zetterberg


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