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Mesocycles Course – Lesson 2: Linear Periodization

Mesocycles Course

Lesson 2: Linear Periodization

Linear periodization is one of the most used planning strategies, but at the same time, it means different things to different coaches and it is really hard to pin down the exact meaning. Mike Tuchscherer begins this lecture by making a distinction between different applications of linear periodization: blended, distinction, and “linear thinking” (see below)

Distinct phases vs Blending

  • True LP blends
    • Every session fits on the linear curve
  • Various concepts of LP
    • What does “linear” refer to?
    • Phase model (Hyp >> Str >> Pwr)
    • Blended (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
    • Linear thinking (GPP, SPP, Comp)
  • The difference is in how the rules are applied

Besides discussing applications of the aforementioned distinctive types, Mike covers the strengths and weaknesses of using linear periodization in powerlifting planning.

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Course Description

Lesson 1: Programming structure

Lesson 2: Linear Periodization

Lesson 3: Undulating Periodization

Lesson 4: Block Periodization

Lesson 5: Polarized Training

Lesson 6: Strategy Combinations

Lesson 7: Tapering for Competition

Lesson 8: Hypertrophy Considerations

Lesson 9: Squat Best Practices

Lesson 10: Bench Best Practices

Lesson 11: Deadlift Best Practices


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