Since we covered the basics of what training periodization should encompass in Part 1, now we can dive into the more advanced details of planning program periodization with proper program design.
The most common variables that I see changed in attempts at periodization are:
- Changing the split
- “Different” exercises
- Changing the number of sets
- Adjusting the %1RM, RPE, RIR or whatever other method you like to use for relative effort per set.
Those are all valid and important things to consider when planning periodization. However, that only scratches the surface, especially when you learn the art of program design using the principles and specificity of stimuli we teach in the N1 Education courses. The last 3 might be decent micro-progressions within a program, but using those as your sole means of “periodization” long-term is inadequate.