• Mike Tuchscherer’s Progressive Powerlifting DVD

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/12/2010

    First off I am sorry I am for leaving this blog without posts recently. I will try to update it more frequently and maybe start a training journal here, but at this time I don’t want the readers to see my low numbers in the gym. I’ve spent last couple of weeks in Belgrade, currently working with my ex...

  • Monday rant…

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/11/2010

    I like ‘Physical Preparation Specialist/Coach‘ better than ‘Strength and Conditioning Coach‘ since it is more general/broader definition compared to the latter which rings a bell in my mind of a guy who makes people go to the gym and do 300 yard shuttles until puking. Physical Preparation is fundamental part of the athlete preparation on which all other preparation...

  • Interview with David Tenney

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/11/2010

    I’ve heard of David Tenney for the first time from my fellow coach and friend Joel Jamieson and I soon realized we share similar training philosophy. David raised a lot of eyebrows training-wise lately by critiquing too much of glycolitic conditioning volume in soccer and pointing to the importance of aerobic training, which got pretty bad rep...

  • Is taking a false step a bad idea? ADDENDUM

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/11/2010

    I just wanted to add one very dramatic example of context dependence of false step that cost my country entering the finals in Basketball World Championship in Turkey 2010. Since the Championship was held in Turkey, officials were biased. Anyway, starting from 5:22 in the video below, at the very end of this game Turkish player receives a ball close to...

  • Is Taking a False Step a Bad Idea?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/11/2010

    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”. Although I have already covered some information on the plyo step in my final paper Training and Testing Agility in Sports I will share three supporting research papers that are supportive of plyo step.

  • 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

    In short, the main purpose of the warm-up is to prepare the athletes for the main part of the workout. As late Charlie Francis used to say „Do whatever you need to warm-up“, which basically means don’t follow the dogmatic hypes and limit your options by saying negative or absolute claims, like „No to static stretching“.

  • Deliberate Practice for Coaches

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/10/2010

    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 review...