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Duration of fingerboard training if you don't periodize
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Feb 24, 2012
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So here's my question...
if you don't periodize your training, do you just fingerboard all year, like power lifters, or do you cycle, some weeks/months off, then on or what?
Building muscle takes time, so I can see doing i year round, but I have to admit I'm getting somewhat burnt out on time in the basement!
Mark E Dixon
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Feb 24, 2012
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Whether you're periodizing or not, you'll hit a peak/plateau with hangboarding, usually between 4-6 weeks of consistent work, after which you won't make significant improvements. You're body sort of forces you to cycle, but I have not yet figured out what the shortest amount of time between cycles can be. camhead
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Feb 24, 2012
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i definitely plateau, and in a lot of cases start going downhill after about 4 weeks or so (in my experience). it's like your body figures out that you don't need to keep gettnig stronger to avoid perishment, so it begins loafing/ one alternative is to switch up the workout and go more towards a recruitment phase (ie heavier weight, shorter hangs, less reps, more rest between hangs and sets). this will keep you going for another probably 3 or 4 weeks and then you need to take some time off.

like camhead, i'm not sure what the shortest time between cycles needs to be, but my gut tells me you want to leave the hangboard for about a month before you come back.
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