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are as limitless as they are for any other workout progression (ACSM, 2002). The choice of workout sequence is the determining factor in this type of periodization model. Learning how to choose the right workout for the trainee or for the muscle group at the right time is a vital issue in the flexible nonlinear program approach.Safe games, hiking, swimming, and other similar activities provide some recovery for the neuromuscular system on active rest days.
101Assessment6C H A P T E RAssessments need to be made in two primary areas. First (as discussed in chapters 3 and 4) is the determination of the individual’s ability to physically perform a given workout, also known as readiness to train. The second is the determination of the resistance training program’s success in meeting the goals established for a particular mesocycle or macrocycle. Both aid in the decision-making process regarding the program emphasis as well as the daily workout routines.PREEXERCISE ASSESSMENTSTraining readiness is dependent on several factors, which can be assessed using a combination of preexercise tests and evaluation of exercise performance during a training session. Preexercise assess-ments can be made in these areas:1. Physical and mental fatigue and stress level2. Injury status3. Physical performance capacityExercise performance during a training session is also an impor-tant part of determining training readiness and can be assessed by observing whether a trainee achieves the desired number of repetitions with a certain resistance or is not able to achieve the minimum number of repetitions of an RM training zone. Information concerning training readiness can also be obtained through evalua-tion of training logs. Both of these methods of determining training readiness are discussed in chapter 7. With nonlinear periodization and flexible nonlinear periodization, testing can be performed in order to track changes in a variable over time, such as maximal
102OPTIMIZINGSTRENGTHTRAININGstrength or local muscular endurance. Additionally, with flexible nonlinear periodization, testing is used in determining whether an individual should perform a particular type of training session or should use another type of training session. The use of another type of training session is the flexible aspect or flexible nonlinear periodization.Physical and Mental Fatigue and Stress LevelAs described in chapter 4, having interactions between the coach, trainer, and trainee is the best method of determining how the individual feels and what is happening in his or her life. Even with large teams, coaches and trainers can get a general sense of the emotional environment that is affecting the players. Standard mental and physical scales as shown in chapter 4 can be used in quantifying such feelings and tracking them over various training cycles. Trainees need to be educated about the seriousness of this information in order to make it an effective tool. If done correctly, cut-off scores for certain workouts (e.g., no greater than an 8 on both