Ah! An interesting topic, don’t you think?
I’ve invited my T-Nation colleagues to participate in this discussion tonight, so we should have a fun go-around.
As a way of opening up this topic, I’ll propose that there are three ways that trainees can distribute workloads over a microcycle:
A) Undulating: Keep workouts devoted to specific motor quality development seperate. Example: Waterbury’s “Quattro Dynamo” program
B) Conjugated (or “to conjoin”): each workout consists of mutliple tasks: for example, developing max strength, speed strength, and hypertrophy in one workout. Example: Westside Barbell System
C) Randomized Training: Popularized by Pavel and Dan John: You roll a dice or use some way to randomize exercise selection and loading parameters.
What contexts and applications are the best fit for each method? What are the pro’s and con’s? What works best for athletes? General fitness folks?