It’s not so important for beginners. All they really need to do is focus on simple progressive overload, with the aim of getting strong on the major compound exercises, and they’ll grow just fine.
But once you’ve been training a while your gains will slow down and eventually stop if you keep training in the same way. So you need to introduce some sort of variation into your program in order to keep the gains coming. And the best way to do that is to use some form of periodization.
Periodization is simply the way you plan or organize your training over time, and there are four main approaches you can take to this. So in this article I’ll describe these four types of periodization so that you can decide which of them would best fit in with your current situation and goals. Continue Reading →