Training Theory

  • HIT Conditioning: Planning Strategies – Part 1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/04/2018

    In the first part of Planning Strategies topic, I will focus on introduction to the Planning Strategies, Heuristics and Uncertainty and 3 types of analysis.

  • 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: Functional Groups

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 17/09/2017

    Without being able to come up with more appropriate name, functional groups relate to the current training status of the athlete (i.e. away, national team, injured, available, etc) and whether they played the previous match or are they going to play the next one. This makes planning a bit easier for the coach, although there are going to be...

  • Microcycle Planning for Team Sports

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/07/2017

    In this video I am covering the following concepts: 1) Top-Down versus Bottom-Up planning; 2) Functional Groups within the team; 3) Mini-Block and their variations; 4) Planning for micro-cycles of different length; 5) Distribution of Strength versus Weaknesses work; 6) Distribution of Individual versus Collective work; 7) ...

  • Agile Periodization: Decision Making Under Uncertainty [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/06/2017

    In the first part I have covered issues and limitations of the contemporary planning/periodization strategies, and the idea that as practitioners we need to figure out how to make good decisions when facing uncertainties. In this final part, I am providing potential solutions to the issues identified.

  • Agile Periodization: Decision Making Under Uncertainty [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/05/2017

    In May, 2017, I gave a guest lecture at Faculty of Kinesiology at Zagreb University in Croatia, thanks to the invitation by Cvita Gregov. The topic of my talk was Agile Periodization, a framework that I have been developing over the past few years. Since I already had the slides ready, I slightly modified them and decided to record...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 6]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017

    To create a simple program and showcase on how to use the “puzzles” we will assume that we have 6 weeks of preparatory period and will model 4 weeks of competition period with 5 games. This is pretty realistic scenario.

  • Manifest: Against Pseudoscience-infected Training Theory and Methodology

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2017

    This is not a scientific article, and it is not intended to be. This is a manifest, an expression of our concerns with some practices related to Sports Training. Some outrage and sarcasm might be evident throughout the text; we do not drawback from it, as we think emotions play an important role and may aid in passing the...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 5]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017

    What to do when? In the recent years I started looking at the warm-up not as “separate” part of the workout that has it’s own objectives, but as something that CAN and SHOULD be done at that current state of the organism that helps you reach workout and training objectives, while preparing you for the work to come.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017

    Strengths/Weaknesses - The concept of strength and weaknesses is a bit abstract, but it can guide our decision making when planning out the micro-cycle. It is most frequently related to team tactics and game plan (strategy), but it can be applied to other training components/buckets (technical, physical, mental, etc) as well.

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