• Stop Obsessing, Start Doing

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/04/2011

    Stop Obsessing, Start Doing “Anticipation is a killer.   It can lead to fear.  Fear that you won’t perform as expected on your heavy days.  Over time, this can lead many lifters to slowly be less and less motivated to come to the gym on those days.  And even when they do, they are so anxious that they have a...

  • Random Thoughts and Links

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/04/2011

    Random Thoughts and Links For anyone interested into expert (elite athletes) development, I highly suggest checking out the following articles (this is a series of articles, but only two parts at the moment): This series brings some more oil into the fire of early specialization vs. early diversification viewpoints and tries to explain researched phenomena in CGS...

  • Short update

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/03/2011

    It has been a while since I’ve updated this blog. To be honest I have been working and training myself and my writing mojo has left me one more time. I was thinking about writing on in-season planning, basically sharing my ideas, but I somehow I don’t feel like writing. Maybe after the season is over I could sum up some  of...

  • Back to business…

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/02/2011

    I was quite busy lately and actually on training camp on Cyprus with FC RAD  (you can check some of the pics here), thus I was not able to post much (or at all). I have actually met great Roberto Sassi in Larnaca when we played against FC Dynamo from Moscow. He was tracking his players HRs using Polar system. Unfortunately,...

  • Coincidence or not? Back to soccer

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011

    While I was working on the 8-weeks pre-season plan for soccer I have been contacted by the head coach of FC RAD, Marko Nikolić offering me to join the coaching staff as the head strength and conditioning coach. I was serving the same position during the 2007 when the FC RAD was playing Second National League. Marko has led the team into...

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011

    It is time to put all of the info into an 8-week template. By template I mean general plan and weekly plans, but without exact loading and drills used. Organization of the training sessions, days and weeks will be highly dependent on your context (facilities, number of athletes, assistants, weather, etc), thus I will only provide models so to…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 3]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/01/2011

    For each physical sub-component it could be written a whole book, thus I will try to keep it short and direct the readers toward more info with links. I also suggest checking my Physical Preparation for Soccer manual since it covers some of this in greater detail. Physical preparation sub-components are listed in the table below (this is…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/01/2011

    Speaking of goals, what are the goals of Physical Preparation training component? That’s easy, right? Improving performance and reducing injuries. But what is improved performance and how do we judge it? To answer that we would again need to take a look at three-level analysis system.

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/01/2011

    Since the soccer is the most important secondary thing in Europe and pretty popular in Serbia (it is beyond me why, because we suck), and since I started working for the first time as physical preparation coach in soccer I decided to write down this 8-weeks pre-season template. I have also summed my work experience and preparation philosophy from…

  • Kubios HRV analysis

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/01/2011

    I wanted to repost the link to Kubios, Finish University website posted by Canadian coach Derek Hansen at Charlie Francis’ forum. User guide is also available here and I guess it provides some good info on HRV. I plan getting a Suunto or Polar watch myself and play with it a little. Although I am wondering is there any need...

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