Chapter 10 – Periodisation and Peaking (PDF)


Most masters athletes train without a coach. This chapter examines in detail the range of methods science and practice have shown to put a training program together to maximise speed, strength, power, endurance and team performance. The scientific principles behind peaking and tapering are presented in a way to allow you to develop your own peaking plan.

Topics include

  • Planning the training season
  • Progression principles for a training season
  • Macro-, meso- and microcyle planning
  • Planning and structuring the training session
  • Periodising a masters team player’s season
  • Periodising strength training for masters athletes
  • Periodising endurance training for masters athletes
  • Periodising speed training for masters athletes
  • What science says about the best way to taper and peak