Some Thoughts on Planning and Periodization


The other day Jim Radcliffe and I were talking about planning and how people are making it way too complex with terms like reverse periodization, undulating and linear periodization. He gave a great analogy which cuts to the chase. His analogy was as follows: If we are going on a trip together, first we determine the destination. Then we decide how we want to get there and how many stops we want to make along the way for food and rest. It is different if it a group then we have to everyone on the bus and make sure the bus driver knows the destination and recognize that there will probably be more stops along the way to eat and go to the bathroom. Simple but effective analogies, lets not make it more complicated than that!

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.
Vern Gambetta


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