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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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,...