Long-term programme design (periodisation)
Advanced Personal Training: Science to Practice
Taylor & Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences
This chapter provides practical recommendations for the implementation of the long-term programme design process, specifically within the context of non-athletic populations. Periodisation is commonly labelled in the literature as ‘linear’ or ‘nonlinear’, but the use of these terms represents a fundamental misinterpretation of the concept. The mislabelling of programming tools and tactics as periodisation also neglects several factors encompassed within the construct. Periodisation is malleable to the changing needs and circumstances of the individual. Careful examination of the classic periodisation literature reveals that many of these models target the simultaneous development of multiple training factors. Personal trainers commonly use the parallel model of periodisation to develop multiple fitness components that underpin overall health and fitness. Sequential models typically produce more significant improvements in muscular strength, power, and body composition than parallel models.
Guppy, S. N., & Haff, G. G. (2021). Long-term programme design (periodisation). In Advanced Personal Training (pp. 118-128). Routledge.