| Ep 454 – How (Not) to Write Your Our Training Program

Author / Cali Hinzman

25 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

What’s up guys, I had a question about daily undulating periodization as written about by Pavel. I’ve been implementing it in my training by treating intensity and volume as independent variables that oscillate randomly within a range every training day. I still follow a linear progression but I’m going to up or down adjust volume and or the load intensity and sometimes neither within a range based on a randomized schedule. So far it seems to be working on making progress and it seems to keep me and my training fresh off of having some really hard easy and modern-day sprinkled in. What’s your guy’s take on daily undulating periodization? Is it a useful tool or my heading way too far into Super Secret Squirrel territory? Oh, by the way quick movie rec: Stallone. Cobra. I did was his magnum opus, thanks guys.

Agent triple-zero, Secret Squirrel, reporting for duty

People new to lifting weights often hop around trying different workouts before settling on a program they enjoy that aligns with their goals. People new to writing programs fall into the same trap: hop around, pull different pieces from programs they enjoyed, grasp on to big names, and duct tape it all together for training that, “seems to be making progress.” Here’s a tip for new folks writing programs, EVERYTHING WORKS… until it doesn’t.

John and Tex get excited for a caller that is questioning whether the undulating periodization linear progression program he wrote for himself is really the reason his lifts are improving. Get your notepads ready as The Crew takes this Secret Squirrel to programming school.

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Have you been squatting on questions for John, Luke and Tex? Maybe you have asked around, and just can’t land on a straight answer. Take a breather, give us a call, and let us do the leg work.

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AUTHOR

Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.

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