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World-class strength training secrets – Episode 35 with Karsten Jensen



Really? Wordl-class strength training secrets? Well, yes! These methods have been tested on elite athletes who have perfromed on a global stage. Long-term training in sport and fitness has been built on the linear periodisation training model. But is this model too rigid? Is it focused on too much on the progression of training numbers? Should we be considering a more flexible approach that takes into account all the unique variables of each individual client? Learn about the flexible periodisation method and how to build strength with new ideas that will expand your training philosophy.

Guest biography

Karsten Jensen MSc has trained world-class and Olympic athletes from 27 different sports for 25 years with their successes coming at European, World, and Olympic level. Karsten is the first strength coach to create a complete system of periodization, known as the Flexible Periodization Method – the first complete method of periodization dedicated to holistic, individualized and periodized (H.I.P) training programmes.


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Episode content: Strength training secrets

In this episode, we some strength training secrets and dig deeper into the concepts and principles behind the standard linear, and the flexible periodisation approach.

  • 1.26 – Karsten shares an early training experience where he applied an alternative, uncommon method that succeeded in creating the gains needed by the athlete.
  • 4.50 – description of how the Flexible Periodisation Method (FPM) differs from mainstream linear periodisation
  • 9.50 – unfold how the FPM helps to support individual progression from early stabilisation phases through to more advanced methods
  • 15.51 – how to individualise and even periodise the warmup to adapt to meet the changing needs of the main training session to follow
  • 22.49 – the accuracy of rate of perceived exertion, and how many individuals unknowingly respond with rate of perceived fatigue instead
  • 25.20 – how to use the FPM as a tool for applying High-intensity Training and reduce the risk of overload and injury
  • 30.30 – the unique application of the FPM to flexibility training by discussing an example of tight hamstrings muscles altering posture and performance

Book links from the show

Supertraining Mel Siff
Science and practice of strength training

Connect with Karsten via social media

 Facebook @YesToStrength

 Instagram @yestostrength

 LinkedIn @yestostrength

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