November 08, 2023 2 min read
PERIODIZATION 5/10: CONCURRENT PERIODIZATION by Shane Robert
In many ways, concurrent training may be the oldest form of training, as athletes throughout all of recorded history have attempted to develop strength, power and endurance/stamina at the same time, without specializing on one quality at a time. This is where it differs from traditional periodization models like linear or block, which sequentially emphasize specific training qualities in distinct phases. Concurrent periodization emphasizes the simultaneous development of multiple physical qualities within the same training cycle. Concurrent training emerged in the mid-20th century as a codified training system from its roots in the training of Olympic lifters, particularly in the former Soviet Union. It has since been adapted to powerlifting, known as the Conjugate or Westside Barbell System, and this approach has successfully been used by athletes and lifters who require a well-rounded set of skills and attributes for their sport.Here are the key features of Concurrent Periodization:
Concurrent periodization is particularly well-suited for athletes in sports that demand a diverse skill set and a wide range of physical attributes. It is often used by athletes in non-strength sports such as mixed martial arts, decathlon, and team sports like rugby, where strength, speed, power, agility, and skill proficiency are all crucial for success. The program can be adjusted and customized according to an athlete's specific sport, season, and competitive schedule.
It's important to note that concurrent periodization requires careful planning and monitoring to avoid overtraining and to ensure that each training quality is progressing as intended. Athletes and coaches often employ a periodization approach that combines elements of concurrent and other periodization models to create a program that meets the athlete's needs and objectives.
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