Article from IPF World Champion and World record holder Blaine Sumner
In the world of strength training, â€˜frequencyâ€™ is defined as how often you perform something. In more specific terms, I define frequency as the number of times per week a particular lift is performed. Frequency can vary from 0/week to 7/week. Meaning you can perform a certain lift as little as 0 times per week or as often as 7 times per week. For the purpose of this article, we will consider only one training session per day, even though some athletes may use multiple sessions per day.
Strength training has an odd way of repeating itself throughout time and each time a new â€˜styleâ€™ of training comes around, itâ€™s often mistaken for a new, groundbreaking technique. In reality, there has been nothing â€˜sparkling newâ€™ about training methods in quite some time, and there will likely never be. There are only so many ways to use volume, reps, frequency, speed, and intensity in training that over the years, every different combination has been tried. 30 years ago, it seemed that ultra-high frequency was setting the European weightlifters apart from the rest of the world.