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A Practical Approach to the Taper

Wilson, Jacob M MSc, CSCS1; Wilson, Gabriel J MSc, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - pp 10-17
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181636dd5
Articles

TAPERING IS A TECHNIQUE OF SYSTEMATICALLY DECREASING TRAINING LOAD TO FACILITATE A PHYSIOLOGIC FITNESS PEAK. THE TAPER IS A COMPLEX TECHNIQUE BECAUSE LOAD CAN BE REDUCED THROUGH THE MANIPULATION OF NUMEROUS VARIABLES, SUCH AS TRAINING INTENSITY, VOLUME, DURATION, AND FREQUENCY. AN EXTENSIVE BODY OF RESEARCH HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO ANALYZING THE OPTIMAL COMBINATION OF THESE VARIABLES. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE WAS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE, AS IT PERTAINS TO THE TAPER.

1Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

2University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Jacob Wilson is a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Science at Florida State University and is President of abcbodybuilding.com.

Gabriel Wilson is a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois and is Vice President of abcbodybuilding.com.

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