Seven day training cycles

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The traditional seven training microcycle pattern leads to a classic density trap. That is too much work is forced into a short period of time. There is really no good rationale for a seven day cycle save for the fact that you work six and rest on the seventh day. In seven days there really is not enough time to have a period preparation, a period of adaptation and period of application. It is much more effective to consider a fourteen day cycle and even twenty one day cycles. This allows distribution of the work as well as adequate time for regeneration. It allows for better focused and directed training.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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