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Understanding CT Periodization


#1

Hi Coach,

You posted this periodization scheme in your forum, do you mind telling me what the next 4 weeks of a 12 week scheme would be? Or do you just alternate between the accumulation and intensification blocks and retest your maxes somewhere?

Accumulation

W1: Main lift - 5 x 3 @ 80% / Assistance - 4 x 8 / Power clean-3RM
W2: Main lift - 5 x 4 @ 80% / Assistance - 2 x 6, 2 x 10 / Power clean 2RM
W3: Main lift - 5 x 5 @ 80% / Assistance - 4 x 6 / Power clean 1RM
W4: Main lift - 5 x 6 @ 80% / Assistance - 3 x 4 / Power clean 4 x 3 @ 80% of last week 1RM

Intensification

W5: Main lift - 5 x 3 @ 85% / Assistance - 4 x 6 / Hang clean 3RM
W6: Main lift - 5 x 4 @ 85% / Assistance - 2 x 4, 2 x 8 / Hang clean 2RM
W7: Main lift - 5 x 5 @ 85% / Assistance - 4 x 4 / Hang clean 1RM
W8: Main lift - 5 x 6 @ 85% / Assistance - 2 x 2 / Hang clean 4 x 3 @ 80% of last week 1RM

Thanks for your time.


#2

[quote]sjc80 wrote:
Hi Coach,

You posted this periodization scheme in your forum, do you mind telling me what the next 4 weeks of a 12 week scheme would be? Or do you just alternate between the accumulation and intensification blocks and retest your maxes somewhere?

Accumulation

W1: Main lift - 5 x 3 @ 80% / Assistance - 4 x 8 / Power clean-3RM
W2: Main lift - 5 x 4 @ 80% / Assistance - 2 x 6, 2 x 10 / Power clean 2RM
W3: Main lift - 5 x 5 @ 80% / Assistance - 4 x 6 / Power clean 1RM
W4: Main lift - 5 x 6 @ 80% / Assistance - 3 x 4 / Power clean 4 x 3 @ 80% of last week 1RM

Intensification

W5: Main lift - 5 x 3 @ 85% / Assistance - 4 x 6 / Hang clean 3RM
W6: Main lift - 5 x 4 @ 85% / Assistance - 2 x 4, 2 x 8 / Hang clean 2RM
W7: Main lift - 5 x 5 @ 85% / Assistance - 4 x 4 / Hang clean 1RM
W8: Main lift - 5 x 6 @ 85% / Assistance - 2 x 2 / Hang clean 4 x 3 @ 80% of last week 1RM

Thanks for your time.
[/quote]

That is not a block aimed at testing/peaking a max. It is to build size and strength.

To peak from such volume/percentages would require 6 weeks, not 4.

Peak Block
Week 1: 3 x 2 @ 90%
Week 2: 3 x 3 @ 90%
Week 3: 3 x 2 @ 95%
Week 4: 3 x 3 @ 95%
Week 5: 3 x 3 @ 100%
Week 6: 3 x 2 @ 90%

Week 7: Test max


#3

Thank you very much, that’s great.