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Webinar: Block Periodization – Updated Science


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The theory of periodized training was first developed in the 1940’s and made popular by Tudor Bompa in the 1960’s. Since the 1960’s, there have been dramatic changes in sports science (exercise physiology and biomechanics), while “classical” periodization theories such as linear and reverse periodization, have remained more or less the same.

During the recent decades, there have been contradictions between the classical periodization model and the demands of high performance athletes such as:

• Conflicting physiological response to mixed training that is directed at many different athletic abilities
• Fatigue from prolonged periods of time working on many different athletic abilities
• Insufficient training stimulation from multi-targeted training of mixed abilities
• Inability to provide multi-peak performances over a full season

In this webinar, Ryan Riell reviews the basic principles of traditional or “classical” periodization, then into the alternative models such as linear, reverse and undulating periodization, pointing out the primary weaknesses of this approach in triathlon. From there, you will learn the principles of block periodization and the associated pro’s and con’s of its use in triathlon!

Purchase this archived webinar here.

Ryan Riell

Ryan is a USAT Level II certified coach, the head coach of the Arizona State University Triathlon program and the head coach of the Break Through Elite Racing Youth and Junior Triathlon Development Program. Both his youth and junior elite squads have the distinction of being the only USAT High Performance Team in Arizona, 1 of 3 in the Southwest and 1 of 14 in the nation. Ryan is the president of Break Through Multisport, a nationally recognized professional triathlon coaching company working with professional and amateur athletes across the country. Ryan has two masters’ degrees; one in exercise physiology and biomechanics, with the second in organic and biological chemistry.




Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members or Coaches; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: Oct. 3, 2011
Start Time: 4:00 PM MST

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