Periodization is the principle of physical fitness that describes how your training program must always be varied in intensity, volume, and duration. In the short-term, and especially for novice trainees, doing the exact same workout every day may improve fitness. However, as weeks go on the trainee will inevitably experience boredom, overuse injury, and ultimately stagnation.
The Personal Trainer Richmond of periodization encourages variation; some workouts need to be long, some short. Some workouts need to involve resistance training, others don’t. Most workouts need to be moderately difficult, and only a few need to be blisteringly hard. This will ensure that your body stays healthy, your mind stays sharp, and all aspects of your fitness (e.g. body composition or fat loss, cardio, strength, flexibility) improve together.
The variation must not be random though. A very basic example of this would be to randomly program 2 weeks’ worth of pressing-focused workouts, followed by 2 weeks’ worth of bodyweight-focused workouts with no resistance band work. Inevitably, due to the poorly thought out month of training, muscles on the anterior side of the upper body would become hypertonic and mechanically tight, and shoulder pain and injury would arise. At Crux Fitness Gyms in Richmond BC, our trainers strive to intelligently design your workouts weeks, or even months in advance in order to bring up all aspects of your fitness while reducing chronic pain and improving energy levels. Periodization: mix it up to maximize your gains.