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The strength training strategy of linear periodization has long been recognized as an efficient system of resistance training. But—until now—no one had researched and explored the potential benefits of a nonlinear periodization training program.
Authors William Kraemer and Steven Fleck delve into nonlinear, or undulating, periodization to examine how it can result in long-term fitness and performance gains by adding more variety to workouts and optimizing each training session. In doing so, Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Fleck pioneer this newest periodization training technique and have become the leading proponents of this unique training method. Their innovative approach to strength training is shown to facilitate the training process and enhance performance, a fact Dr. Kraemer has demonstrated in several ongoing studies with basketball teams at the University of Connecticut.
Optimizing Strength Training: Designing Nonlinear Periodization Workouts explains how nonlinear periodization works and then demonstrates how to create nonlinear periodization training programs, including programs for special populations. Readers will learn that by creating different workouts for each day, they can emphasize exclusive training styles in every workout to maximize adaptation as well as ensure adequate recovery from the rigors of training. Fitness professionals and coaches will discover that this unique training style reduces the boredom encountered when using similar workout protocols for two to four weeks at a time and therefore lends itself to creating a more satisfied client base.
Using practical and user-friendly terms, the authors provide the knowledge required for understanding nonlinear periodization and training principles, selecting acute program variables, and discerning the practical considerations of nonlinear periodization before undertaking training. They also provide sample workouts using nonlinear periodization methods and discuss critical assessment techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of a program and determining training readiness. Fifty case studies at the end of the text serve as an exceptional feature for grasping a realistic approach of how nonlinear periodization meets physiological and scheduling demands while achieving optimal training goals.
No other book on the market teaches how to design, implement, and assess a nonlinear workout program. With knowledge gained through Optimizing Strength Training: Designing Nonlinear Periodization Workouts, professionals, coaches, fitness enthusiasts, and students will find themselves on the cutting edge of resistance training, able to employ this unique method of training that leads to superior performance.
Chapter 1. Periodization of Resistance Training
Eastern European Influence on Periodization Training
Classic Strength and Power Periodization
Efficacy of Classic Strength and Power Periodization
Efficacy of Nonlinear Periodization
Efficacy of Session by Session Variation
Impetus for the Flexible Nonlinear Approach to Periodization
Chapter 2. Training Principles
Chapter 3. Acute Program Variables
Number of Sets
Length of Rest Periods
Chapter 4. Practical Considerations
Comparison of Periodization Models
Physiology of Nonlinear Periodization Workouts
Optimal Program Sequencing
Readiness to Train
Chapter 5. Workout Design
Base Program Phase
Active and Total Rest Days
Chapter 6. Assessment
Evaluating Training Progress
Chapter 7. Training Tips and Tools
Choice of Exercise
Muscle Soreness, Tissue Damage and Recovery
Chapter 8. Case Studies
A reference for strength and conditioning coaches, health and fitness
professionals, personal trainers, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and
weight trainers. Also a supplemental text for students in the fields of
strength and conditioning, health and fitness, personal training,
exercise and sport science, and coaching.
William J. Kraemer, PhD, is a kinesiology professor in the Human
Performance Laboratory in the department of kinesiology and the
department of physiology and neurobiology at the University of
Connecticut at Storrs. He is also a professor of medicine at the
University of Connecticut Health Center’s School of Medicine in
Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Kraemer is past president of the National
Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a fellow of the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was awarded the NSCA’s
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Educator of the Year Award in
2002. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research and coauthor of Designing Resistance
Training Programs, Third Edition, and Strength Training for Young
Athletes, Second Edition.
Steven Fleck, PhD, is chair of the sport science department at
Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He was head of the physical
conditioning program for the U.S. Olympic Committee, served as strength
coach for the German Volleyball Association, and coached high school
track, basketball, and football. Dr. Fleck is past president of basic
and applied research for the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) and is a fellow of the American College of Sports
Medicine (ACSM). He was honored in 1991 as the NSCA Sport Scientist of
the Year and in 2005 was given the NSCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He
coauthored, with Dr. Kraemer, Designing Resistance Training Programs,
Third Edition, and Strength Training for Young Athletes, Second