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Periodization for Bodybuilders

Over the next three articles I want to address the topic of periodization for bodybuilders.  Now, periodization is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot and can have many many many meanings, depending on who you’re talking to.

From fairly generic approaches to cycling training to meticulously planned out programs where ever set and rep is set ahead of time, you can find many different interpretations of periodization and what it means. In this article series, I want to discuss periodization as it applies to bodybuilding specifically.

Now, if you go into most gyms, you’ll usually find people working out in vastly different ways: there are your pumpers, the guys who go heavy all the time, etc. But, for the most part, the guys who pump always pump and the guys who go heavy always go heavy. Most bodybuilders tend to stick in a fairly static rep range (could be 6-8 or 10-12 depending on what theory of growth they ascribe to) but it’s rare to see a given individual change that much.… Keep Reading