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Deliberate Training: Principles of Periodization

As a personal trainer, I use periodization training programs to achieve health and fitness goals for my clients. Periodization is based on four principles: individualizing a training plan, progressing that plan over time, adapting physically and mentally to increased workout loads, and utilizing training that is specific to the goal or sport.

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