Programme Design goes way beyond writing down reps and sets. The way I see it, it is an art form dictated by your education, sporting background and willing to learn. In this podcast, Stephane Cazeault and I discuss the concept of Undulating Periodisation, a method of programme design largely popularised by French Canadian Strength coaches.
Kilo Strength Society
Stephane Cazeault is based out of Kilo Strength Society in Huntington Beach, California. He has spent the past 24 years immersed in the world of strength and conditioning working with athletes from the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Hockey League (NHL). He is passionate about programme design and how to maximise strength, hypertrophy and performance through astute data collection.
Periodisation is a critical component to athlete/client progression. There are a multitude of different styles and models of periodisation that are unique to different cultures and sports. When I first started studying weight training, I was drawn towards the undulating periodisation method. This was not created, but rather popularised by several French Canadian coaches such as Pierre Roy, Charles Poliquin and Christian Thibaudeau.
Stephane talks me through how he uses this model when programming for his clientele and what the benefits are over other linear programmes. He also explains his methods for data collection and what he considers is the most important information to gather about a client prior to training.
Stephane came highly recommended to me by Frontline Fit coach Dan Reeve. Dan recently flew to LA to attend one of Stephane’s courses and said it was one of the most informative and useful further education programmes he’s attended. If you would like more information about the courses, click the link here.
Stephane has also written a book 66 Strategies for Program Design, which I would highly recommend for any strength or hypertrophy coach.