• Is Taking a False Step a Bad Idea?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/11/2010

    Is Taking a False Step a Bad Idea? Coaches call it ‘false step‘ and preach that the first step when starting/accelerating should always be step forward. Lee Taft calls it “Plyo Step”: Is the mentioned point stance  complete B.S., and should we correct this and punish the players for doing it? Although I have already covered some information on...

  • The Sport Form Phenomena

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/11/2010

    The Sport Form Phenomena I decided to re-publish  this older article (which is actually a translation of the chapter from the book by my professor Vladimir Koprivica) from 2006 on Sport Form with minor changes. This article was published on Power Development Inc, EliteFTS and Reactive Strength Training websites. I glanced through it and corrected some sentences as much as I could, so please bear with bad...

  • Interesting find

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/10/2010

    I have recently found this website by John McCrone. It seems promising although I am currently too busy to read it, but I will.   dichotomistic    This site is large. There are several books worth of material here. It also mixes the scholarly and the popular. This FAQ will help you decide whether the site has anything to offer you....

  • Interview with Mike Tuchscherer

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/10/2010

    Interview with Mike Tuchscherer I must admit that ideas by Mike Tuchscherer have impacted my training philosophy in many ways. Good ways of course. His book Reactive Training Manual explained me the difference between Volume loading and Intensity loading, along with providing easy-to-use RPE system for auto-regulating training loads. He is very successful powerlifter himself and I believe he deserves more attention...

  • Stability~Variability in Warm-up

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 21/10/2010

    Stability~Variability in Warm-up Without going into the goal and the structure of  warm-up in details (for some interesting insights I suggest checking the following article by Derek Hansen), I wanted to draw attention to interplay between stability and variability in it (although this discussion could be expanded to whole workout, training day, microcycle, mesocycle, season plan and longer depending...

  • Deliberate Practice for Coaches

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/10/2010

    Deliberate Practice for Coaches I just finished Talent is Overrated and just starting the Bounce as recommended by Professor Keith Davids in this interview. All those books (can’t say exactly about the Bounce since I just started it) goes into the nature~nurture debate and shows how innate talent is not enough and the importance of something called deliberate practice (for a short...

  • Random Thoughts

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2010

    1. Political Viewpoints This morning I was thinking about my political viewpoints and I couldn’t name/label them, thus I searched for the online test with my friend  Cem Kantarci and I found this interesting and easy test that put you into a certain political viewpoint group based on your answers. Please note that this is only for fun, and...

  • Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/10/2010

    Interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King I am very proud to present you the interview with “Creative Monkey” Rodney King, father of Crazy Monkey Defense from Johannesburg, South Africa. Watching Rodney coach and being a member of his personal blog – Inside the Monkey – I noticed that Rodney has a lot to offer, not only to martial arts...

  • Usage of Subjective Indicators in Monitoring and Programming of Training

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/10/2010

    Process of preparing the athletes for competitions can be considered complex adaptive system that can be further divided to (1) training, (2) competition and (3) recovery sub-systems.

  • The Function of Muscles in the Human Body

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/10/2010

    The Function of Muscles in the Human Body Every muscle in your body is structured  (evolved) with a specific movement role and purpose. Although muscles can work in different ways (e.g., hamstrings is „designed“ to operate reactively / isometrically, athletes can use it concentrically when performing leg curl exercises), as the speed of the movement increases, and thus becomes less volitional controlled,...