Video for Gymchat 240 - Periodization (Karsten Jensen)

It's quite possibly a term you've heard before, but what exactly is it?

Thanks again to everyone who watched and sent in questions for the discussion Gymchat 240 - Periodization [with Strength Coach Karsten Jensen, joined by Personal Trainer (and Strength Athlete) Josh Hewett] - much appreciated. If you haven't seen it yet (or simply want to go over a particular point again), here's the entire video.

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It was a great discussion. Josh and Karsten discussed Karsten's fitness background, the definition of Periodization, benefits of Periodization, examples, research into Periodization, a beginners' training requirements vs those of an advanced trainee, definition of the conjugated training approach used by Westside Barbell, creating Periodization programs for individuals vs templates, Periodization for athletes vs fitness enthusiasts, using Periodization with the 'how I feel' training approach,; and a whole lot more. If you're ready to Get Serious About Your Training, make sure you watch this one.

Recommended Resources

There were a number of superb books, studies and sites mentioned during the Gymchat. In particular :

As well as Karsten's own site (superb resource):

Nice one.


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