Concentrated Loading Load Progression – Part 3

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Concentrated Loading

Temporary overloading is often categorised as concentrated loading or overreaching. The individual typically can recover from this type of loading in a short period of time if he or she uses suitable recovery loads. As a general rule, the larger the degree and duration of the concentrated loading phase, the more time required for exhaustion to dispel and performance to improve. Notable sport scientist Yuri Verkhoshanksy suggested that performance gains may happen four-to-twelve weeks after the termination of the concentrated loading phase. Scientific support for the use of periodic concentrated loading or deliberate overreaching can be seen in studies that have detailed the neuroendocrine reactions to overreaching. Investigators have examined the hormonal and endocrine reactions to short (one week) and long (greater than three weeks) stages of concentrated loading trailed by two-to-five weeks of recovery. If, after the accomplishment of a concentrated loading period the training load is returned to normal or lower levels, performance seems to super-compensate. As noted beforehand, the duration of the concentrated loading block relates to the duration of restitution required before the super-compensation of performance transpires.

Conjugated Sequence Loading Paradigm

The conjugated sequence paradigm is also termed the coupled successive system. Advocates have advocated that this technique of sequencing allows for periods of concentrated loading or overreaching shadowed by periods of restoration. There are an assortment of methods for applying this type of loading pattern, but the most common method is to use blocks of four micro-cycles in which one main emphasis is stressed while upkeep loads are allocated to other areas of emphasis. It has been proposed that the main goal of this type of loading is to give the individual periods that are flooded with a specific training stimulus during which exhaustion is raised and some performance variables are reduced. For instance, an individual may start a concentrated loading block in which strength is the chief emphasis; then throughout the unloading blocks, the individual cuts his or her stress on strength while marginally increasing speed work. This type of loading may improve the cumulative fatigue linked with parallel or simultaneous training with traditional loading systems.


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