Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | December 13, 2011

10 Mistakes Athletes Make When Developing a Training Plan: #10 – Failing to Periodize the Training Program

While any well-developed training plan is better than none at all, you will get the most out of your training regimen if it is periodized. Periodization is the process of dividing an annual training plan into specific time blocks, where each block has a particular goal and provides your body with different types of stress. Some periods of training are harder and some are easier to allow for recovery. As a practical matter, this simply means that you should develop training plans that have different priorities at different times of the year. For example, the endurance phase is designed to improve aerobic and muscular endurance, and therefore incorporates many long runs, rides, swims etc. Conversely, the intensity phase focuses on shorter, harder workouts that improve lactate threshold and aerobic capacity. Once the season is over, the recovery phase focuses on rest. Make sure you are clear about what you are trying to accomplish with each phase of your plan.

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