Linear or Undulating

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I keep seeing reference to the difference between linear and undulating periodization. Isn’t that an academic argument? Isn’t all training adaptation undulating? The body does not adapt in a linear manner. We may write linear progressions but that is not what happens in reality. Unless I have been missing something all these years isn’t periodization the timing of the application of training. It is why you do what and when you do it. No mysteries, just good planning based on pedagogy, experience and science in that order.

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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