Periodization Training Program

No one ever became stronger during a workout, it is in the recovery period when we become fitter.

 Herbalife 24Fit Workout/Fitness DVD Series.

Robert Forster, P.T. has teamed with Herbalife to create a 12-DVD fitness program using the very science that has made Robert so successful.

Robert Forster team train athletes in two broad areas of athletic performance:

Structural preparedness: Structurally, your body needs to be strong, flexible and biomechanically sound to perform correct technique for your sport, and tolerate the training necessary to peak the fitness of your metabolic energy production systems

Efficient metabolic energy production: Metabolically, your ability to produce energy efficiently to meet the demands of your sport is paramount for success

Most athletic achievement is limited by failure of the structural system to sustain the workload necessary to achieve peak metabolic fitness. Injury relates to the structural system as fatigue relates to the metabolic system. Both are failures of their respective systems and represent roadblocks to peak performance, eliminated only by using a scientific, measurable approach to physiological assessment and training. This training approach is called Periodization Training and has consistently produced the best athletic performances across all sports for the past thirty years.

Periodization Training Programme: The Path to Success

Periodization was first developed by the Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War when they sought to dominate the sporting world through science, research, and physical domination. The Eastern Europeans put their collective resources into manufacturing the world’s best athletes. They performed extensive research to discover the most effective training regimes, and were able to control variables in ways the West could not match.

Periodization training programs are effective because they exploits the body’s great potential for adaptation. Based on Seyles’ Fundamental Laws of Human Adaptation, Periodization training breaks the training program into cycles (or periods) where fitness is developed in a scientifically rational sequence.

It is now understood that exercise is a form of stress on the body stimulating an increased production of natural hormones to shore up the body and meet the demands of the activities you choose to practice. However, the body is such a great tool of adaptation that after about six-to-eight-weeks of the same activity, the body becomes stronger and can handle the load without experiencing stress. The hormone back-up fades, and so will performance, if the exercise stimulus is not altered in such a way as to create stress on the body and hormone production peaked.

One of the basic tenants of Periodization Training Programs is realizing all exercise is futile if rest and recovery periods are not provided. Hard work is always followed by time for recovery. Recovery is when your physiology evolves, and where the benefits of your hard work is realized. No one ever became stronger during a workout, it is in the recovery period when we become fitter.

With the 24Fit Training Program in addition to rest days each week, every fourth week, you will also get to enjoy a modified, more relaxed schedule. The body gets stronger while resting.

This approach solves the training puzzle of balancing hard work and smart recovery, allowing fitness adaptations and a “hardened” body able to sustain all the hard work and recovery, peaking your metabolic fitness.

Benefits of Periodization Training

Exploits the body’s powerful hormone response to the stress of new exercise stimulus
Avoids mental and physical burnout and over-training by constantly varying workout stimulus, and providing rest periods for recovery
Allows athletes and coaches to create exceptional peaks in fitness for key competitions and remain fitter all year long
Protects the body from injury as it brings fitness to a peak

Periodization training calls for consistent (but often varied) work stimulus, built in rest periods for recovery and a scientifically rational sequence to develop fitness to a peak. Realizing that exercise stimulus must be altered every six-to-eight-weeks to force future adaptation, the next question is: “What physiological attributes should be developed first, second, third...and so on?”

This is why it is now used by nearly all professional sports teams, and it will get results for you too.

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