I was wondering how many of you believe in periodization? and why? I’m sure some of you can guess what I think, but I want to know what the science behind it is (I don’t mean takeing a week or two easy, I mean serious changes in reps, intensity,ect thru the year). the reason I don’t realy believe in it is that it seems to be based on training systems that are not about building muscle. I think the basis for it is from athletics, strength sports(olympic lifting and power lifting) and yes pro-bodybuilders (I know I said “not about building muscle” but let me make my point). now pro-bodybuilders have to because of drug use, they don’t want to stay on REAL heavy juice year round so they HAVE to cut back on intensity when the doses go down,then when they up the doses to HUGE levels they can hit the gym like mad men, then because of the wt., intensity, ect… they need the time after their “on” season to let joints heel, tendons heel, ect.
I think athletes (inc. strength athletes) do it for the same reason and also because of the level of skill involved in their sport, they HAVE to practice their skill often to improve their proficiency, I know some don’t see a diff between strength and proficiency but the best example I can give is when you do a new exercise in your workout you will not be very strong at it your first workout, but you will gain “strength” quickly in your next 3-4 workouts, did you realy get stronger (atleast to the degree of your “progress”)? or did you just get better at the ex.? I would love a real debate on this so please tell me what you think and why. thanks. oh, and yes I know I can’t spell so don’t point it out. thanks again