Strength Training

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Establishing 1RMs (ADDENDUM)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/11/2017

    Imagine we have two athletes who weight 75kg and 100kg and they both perform 5 pull-ups with extra 20kg attached using dip belt. What is their 1RM?

  • Strength Training Categorization – Part 1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/11/2017

    As Jordan Peterson stated: “Categories are constructed in relationship to their functional significance”, categorization is not an exercise in futility, but rather helps us make better and faster decision (via information reduction and simplification).

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Establishing 1RMs

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2017

    Having established exercise 1RMs is of the utmost importance for programming and performing percent-based programs. Pretty much everything revolves around this performance metric.

  • Concurrent Strategies in Strength Training – Part1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/03/2017

    Concurrent training by definition means training for achieving multiple training goals at the same time. Concurrent training in iron game was made popular by Westside Barbell Club and Louie Simmons, who erroneously called it ’conjugate’ instead of concurrent. Synonyms with concurrent are parallel and mixed training.

  • Planning the Strength Training – The Addendum

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 27/08/2016

    In year 2008 I wrote series of articles about Planning the Strength Training. Back then, my “philosophy” (or should I say model of reality?) was (and I believe still is) highly influenced by Mark Rippetoe’s books: Starting Strength and Practical Programming. It made perfect sense and it represented reasonable model of the strength training process as a whole. Years…

  • New Frans Bosch Book Review – Strength Training and Coordination

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/02/2016

    Last week I finished reading the new Frans Bosch book, and I must admit that it was a hard read. I love the books that question my understanding and the models I use to understand things.

  • Velocity Based Strength Training Q&A

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/12/2015

    I have recently done a Q&A session with Christian Bosse, who is strength and conditioning coach at National Olympic Committee in Netherlands, on the topic of VBT (Velocity Based Training).

  • Velocity Based Strength Training Workshop

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/06/2015

    I knew I was preaching to the choir of experienced coaches, so I wanted to cover practical applications of the VBT as one “novel” way of prescribing and controlling training. I thought live testing would be much more appreciated than fancy graphs and theory, as it would also show the problems of “when the rubber meets the road” issues...

  • Horizontal~Vertical Variations in Strength Training

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/06/2015

    If you are interested in Daily Undulating Periodization, strength training, variability and periodization in general, you will find this video interesting. I welcome all the comments and critiques.

  • Strength Training Reps and Sets Schemes

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/05/2014

    Regardless of your training objectives (increasing strength in specific lifts, increasing strength overall, bulking up, leaning out, rehabilitation, maintenance, etc), key training parameters (intensity, volume, frequency, density) could be varied and progressed on different time scales.

    Certain variations and progressions in training parameters are more suited toward different training objectives, but there exist commonalities between them that we will focus…

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