V&B Athletic® - Endurance Specialists

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04July

Periodisation

What is it and why is it important?

Periodisation

The goal of periodisation is to maximise your performance and improvement whilst reducing your risk of injury and the staleness of your training over the long term.

Periodisation is the division of longer training cycles, called macrocycles, into smaller and more manageable intervals, known as mesocycles, with the goal of managing and coordinating all aspects of training to reach peak performance at a certain point in time, such as a race or competition, or alternatively to manage performance and improvement effectively over longer training periods like football season.

Periodisation is one of the methods V&B Athletic use in the design of our training programs such as STRONG by V&B Athletic where planned manipulation of training variables, like load, sets, and repetitions, enable us to maximise training adaptations of our athletes and prevent the onset of overtraining syndrome (OTS). This is key in the effective management and education of our athletes.

  • Each mesocycle can target a specific goal or series of attributes to be developed within a designated period of time.
  • Periods of appropriate overload and recovery are designated within each mesocycle. This is done to ensure the neuromuscular system adapts maximally.
  • Alterations to training load or stress, volume, and intensity can be made, where necessary, within each mesocycle.
In summary, if programmed and utilised appropriately, periodisation can result in achieving peak performance multiple times over a series of activities such as competitive trail running or ultramarathons or optimise performance over an entire competitive season in sports such as soccer or netball.

Written by Jase Cronshaw, Posted in Running

About the Author

Jase Cronshaw

Jase Cronshaw

As one of V&B Athletic's co-owners and coaches, Jase is an experienced endurance athlete who is actively involved in health and fitness initiatives within the local community. He hosts Rozelle Run Club every Wednesday night together with Pace Athletic Rozelle and Balmain Sports Medicine, a free weekly run club helping people discover the same enjoyment he gets from running. When he isn't running Jase likes to get on the tools and renovate or spend time landscaping his garden on the South Coast of NSW. Otherwise he can be found procrastinating over his next masterpiece with a number of art works "in the pipeline".