I am writing this blog after being asked an interesting question from one of my colleagues – “Can you increase your type II muscle fibers by following a strength or hypertrophy programme?” Well, the short answer is YES. By following either of these training programmes, you are likely to increase your percentage of type II muscle fibers.
Periodization is the systematic planning of long-term training, which is broken down further into planned training cycles. These cycles move through phases, which work towards various goals, structures and content of a planned training programme. These cycles are sequenced in such a way that training replicates and produces the optimal time for an athlete to achieve maximal results.
If you are anything like me, you may feel eclipsed by the amount of theoretical and practical knowledge that you want to learn and apply constantly in a continued effort to develop in your professional world.
When using either of these terms, completely out of habit in front of our athletes, I am faced with blank expressions. I then find myself automatically defining the two. But why does it matter in the world of strength and conditioning?