Periodization shifts the focus of a training program to vary stress on the body which in turn helps with adaptation and the prevention of injury. In this example you can see that training has been planned over a one year period showing what the months and weeks ahead will entail. The plan goes into detail around the different phases and where they fall during what months, weeks and days. Doing so will give Michael a better idea of what to expect as well as plan for training and lifestyle changes necessary.
When you’re building your plan it’s important to keep your goals in mind. For Michael he wants to completely transform his physique. This requires the reduction of fat and increased muscle. In order to do so his plan will first focus on fixing imbalances while introducing his body to exercise. He will then progress through a series of phases in order to continue progressive adaptation.
The different phases that were chosen for Michael’s annual plan are:
- Strength Endurance
- Max Strength
These 5 phases build off one another and align with Michael’s goals. It’s been proven that for maximum fat loss increases in muscle tissue must be present. Therefore that is what this program is about.