Year round fitness programs for fastpitch softball players requires planning, progression and balance. This is commonly referred to in the fitness world as periodization. Learn about periodization and how it can help your athletes reach the next level.
Periodization – is the gradual cycling of specificity, intensity, and volume of training to achieve peak levels of strength. The cycle will shift gradually from high volume and low intensity to low volume high intensity over several weeks. The length of the cycle revolves around the dates of competition. The typical cycle will consist of three phases: Hypertrophy, Strength, and Power.
There are more components to setting up an appropriate training regimen for athletes in that each athlete must undergo:
CoachataClick fitness website and mobile app for softball players delivers year round custom training with all seven componets of periodization covered. Custom programs for ages 8 and up cover running mechanincs, strength training, condidioning, agility, flexibility and nutrition. Training programs change with the demands of pre-season, in-season, post-season, rest period and indepth off-season training schedule. Following a softball periodization program will athletes peak at the right time in season and continue building strenght each year.
Periodization training goes beyond regular workouts and provides athletic development year to year. Common muscluar and overuse injuries are limited in athletes who follow periodization training.
All athletes, coaches, and parents should consult with a professional and understand the goals of the program before beginning ANY program.
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