I have a problem, I love all forms of weight training, bodybuilding, power lifting, oly lifting, heck even enjoy the occasional x-fit workout & bodyweight sessions. I also love sprinting, pushing my prowler, rope battles and basically being as fit as i can.
Thats not the problem though, the problem is im living in a 37 year old body with a mind that wants to train like a 21 year old. Combine this with a physically demanding job working swing shifts every week and i find myself exhausted and always in pain from some niggling injury (usually tendonitis which coincidentally is an overuse injury).
I have considered my goals for the coming year(s) and i guess like most other non-competitive athletes on here i would like to be consistently getting bigger, stronger & more conditioned than previous years, but not sacrifice one for the sake of the other. Enter periodization.
I have an average understanding of the concept, my macro planning is outlined above. My uncertainty lies in the meso cycles. I’m thinking that i need to focus on one, maybe two goals per cycle. One cycle may be focused on mass, so i will drop the conditioning, pick out a bodybuilding type workout & add in some power walking.
The next might be a strength & conditioning period, so i will do a 531 type workout (no accessory work) along with, sprints, prowlers etc for conditioning.
My question lies in the ideal cycle length as to minimize any loss from the previous cycle and maximize gains from the current one. At the moment im thinking around the 4-6 week mark but to be honest im not too sure.
Any input would be apprecited.