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Fitness Primer: What Is Periodization and Why Does It Matter? 

While persistence might be the first requirement of fitness, there’s a science to exercise optimization.  

Periodization is a concept used to break down a long or complicated process (like building fitness) into more manageable phases.

It refers to the fact that training our bodies to 1) improve physiological functions, 2) gain new physical abilities, and/or 3) transform our physiques is a process that can’t necessarily be rushed through the requisite phases. 

The human body has amazing capacity to adapt to many different situations, but it adapts best when it’s brought through certain experiences in a methodical manner, known to many fitness professionals as periodized training.  


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Physical Periodizations

Periodization, simply stated, is a method of changing the types, duration, frequency and intensity of workouts while also changing the balance of nutrients that are eaten.  Many athletes employ this concept in order to get their bodies ready for peak performance and the fitness enthusiast can utilize the same concept to allow them to reach their health and fitness goals more successfully. 

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An Interview with Bob Seebohar

Heart rate training is the basis of the way we design cardio programs at Life Time and has been for many years. We also believe in the importance of reducing carbohydrates and relying on a little more fat and protein in the diet for health and weight management. We were excited to meet Bob Seebohar a couple years ago. He is a dietitian who embraces the same nutrition concepts we do and the importance of training based on individualized cardio programs based on assessments like we offer at Life Time. What was most exciting with Bob was understanding how he was using the same nutrition and exercise principles we had been applying to people for general health and fitness, but he was using them on high-caliber athletes.

Over the past couple years, we’ve gradually introduced Bob to our personal training and dietitians teams in the way of education. We’re also going to feature Bob in a couple articles on the blog each month. As a way to introduce Bob to our readers, I thought it would be good to start with a written interview, where you can get a little background on Bob. Enjoy the interview and feel free to add questions and comments in the comments section below.

-- Tom Nikkola, Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

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Q&A: How do I overcome over-training?

When you wake in the morning, grab a stopwatch from your night stand and check your pulse for 60 seconds. As long as you don’t wake up to a noisy alarm that shocks you into alterness, you should get an accurate reading. Jot down your resting heart rate each morning. If you notice a day or two where it’s elevated, it could be due to poor sleep or a little anxiety when you wake up. If you notice a trend, where it’s gradually rising each week, it could be a sign of over-training. Interestingly, if you don’t back off and become severely over-trained, your resting heart rate could actually start falling well below normal as your metabolism starts slowing down. If you have over-trained and you slowed down your metabolism and are continuing to work out 5-7 days a week, how do you fix the metabolism? How do you stop over-training?

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