• ‘Cool Story, Bro’ – The Fallacy of Training Systems and Conventional Wisdom on Training Prescription

    By on 25/05/2017

    Let us begin with a revelation: athletes are humans not machines. If we start with such a fundamental understanding of the nature of what we are dealing with, it quickly becomes apparent that the challenge of planning and prescribing training for athletes is not conducive to a ‘machine’ approach.

  • Plyometric Progression with Coach Wilmot | S2 PART 2 & S2 PART 3

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/05/2017

    In episodes two and three, Coach Wilmot explores some more low amplitude exercises for preparing your athletes. Lachlan introduces Amy to a low hurdle exercise to stimulate lateral force output in preparation for a continues hurdle jump for more explosive power production. He also ...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 6]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017

    In this final piece of Weekly plans, I am providing practical example using very common and realistic scenario. To create a simple program and showcase on how to use the “puzzles” we will assume that we have 6 weeks of preparatory period and will model 4 weeks of competition period with 5 games.

  • Plyometric Progression with Coach Wilmot | S2 PART 1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/05/2017

    Coach Wilmot introduces us to some low amplitude movements suitable for prep exercises. He discusses that while these low-level exercises are great for preparing athletes they are not necessarily aimed at eliciting explosive power. Progressing Amy to a continuous hop exercise, he demonstrates ...

  • Manifest: Against Pseudoscience-infected Training Theory and Methodology

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2017

    Sports training is infected with pseudoscience disguised as proper science. From simple misconceptions to practices based on evidence of extremely poor quality; from inferences based on studies with extremely small samples to ignoring dispersion of data in favor of an excessive focus on central values.

  • New Vacancies

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/04/2017

    Here are the very interesting vacancies that are currently available. Please share or retweet and let’s get the word out!

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 5]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017

    In this part I am continuing the discussion on football and non-football related content, especially the “right” time to develop certain quality, appropriate combination of qualities to avoid interference between them, the concept of micro-dosing, how to vary training, and the use of heuristics in uncertain world of sports planning and decision making.

  • Anti-glycolytic Training for Crossfit?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/04/2017

    I accidentally stumbled upon Strongfirst For Crossfit article, which I urge you to read. Without going into the study design, although I would love to recommend the author to try to make the same analysis using Magnitude-based approach and maybe split the athlete to low-, med- and high-level to see if there are differences in training effect, I wanted...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017

    I am continuing the previous part where I discussed the analogy of the “puzzles”. In this piece I will cover two concepts that needs to be taken into account when planning: strengths~weaknesses and individual~collective complementary pairs. I also cover “probabilistic planning” model and the idea and use of heuristics.

  • Concurrent Strategies in Strength Training – Part 3

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/04/2017

    Different types of weekly progressions can be implemented, with or without the unload period. You can use a modified Poliquin accumulation/intensification scheme for ME and DUP for SE to name a few. You could also use narrow pyramids, waves, stages, or whatever crosses your mind that allows an increase in defined goals concurrently and avoids injury and overtraining.

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