Periodization: A New Approach to Training
The first of two articles written by Coach Neil Cook, on Periodization: A new approach to Training appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of Peak Running Performance. The second part will appear in September/October 2005 issue.
This is the third article Neil has written for Peak Running Performance. He also wrote: Marathon to Ultramarathon and Training for Women over 50.
“The first step in preparing is setting goals and designing a training plan. Your top priority should be to get the most physiological benefits from your training sessions and avoid injury. I base my plans on Arthur Lydiard's approach to training, incorporating Tudor Bompa's ideas, Jack Daniels and Vernique Billet's research. Training is not just running miles. In spite of what popular magazines, books and articles propose (mostly anecdotal and unsupported by research) there is a science to training. (Coaching is the art – molding the science to the athlete). Training phases, beginning with Recovery, followed by Base, Strength and Speed, can lead you to successful racing and prevent injury. Building endurance is certainly important, but building strength is the key to success and speed. Most athletes that are over 35 should never train on a track. All the necessary speed can be gained with much less injury prone workouts.”