By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/01/2017
I managed to finally finish Raymond Verheijen’s book Football Periodization, and I must admit that I wish I’ve read it earlier. I highly suggest it for everyone working in intermittent, running based team sports. Even if I don’t agree with Raymond on all the points, I find it one of the best written books on the topic of problems...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/01/2017
Google Sheets are an amazing web app that allows real time editing from multiple users. This makes it great for collaboration, since everyone can see changes others made, their history, comments and so forth. Forget about sending files back and forth over email, or having corrupt files in your Dropbox – Google Sheets (actually the whole Google Docs) makes...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/09/2015
Agile Planning in Sports Training How do we manage uncertainty and risk in training planning? What is Agile Periodization approach to this and how it can be implemented? How is this similar/different to more traditional approaches? What is “Waterfall” method of planning? There is another way to look at training planning taking into account “modern” constraints imposed on athletes and coaches, along with managing...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/05/2014
Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 1: Complexity Being motivated by Fitness in Soccer book by Jan van Winckel, I decided to put some of my thoughts on paper regarding the in-season weekly planning. The goal of it is to check my thoughts and solutions with fellow coaches and also being a bit more prepared for future vacancies....
By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/04/2014
FREE Annual Planner for Sports and Strength Card Builder Print Out I would love to rise an awareness on the two tools for coaches. Yes, coaches – not only strength and conditioning coaches and sport scientists, but coaches in general. Strength Card Builder This tool works under Microsoft Excel 2011 and later, both on Mac and Windows. It allows...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 27/07/2013
I had a pleasure to be one of the lectures at WindSprint 2013 held in Sundsvall, Sweden. I have finally met French sprint coach Pierre Jean Vazel who I know for years from Charlie Francis forum. Among other presenters were Aki Salo (great presentation on relays), Takanori Suyibiashi (Japanese sprint methods), Roland Lööv (his presentation was on Swedish,...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 21/06/2013
I decided to publish the following tables that I have created to guide my planning/programming for one friend of mine and MMA athlete that asked for my advice last year.I have utilized Bondarchuk approach in classifying the drills for each training component (and goal) as I did in my Physical Preparation for Soccer manual and Periodization Confusion article.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/05/2011
Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports Previus parts: Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports Model of...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011
It is time to put all of the info into an 8-week template. By template I mean general plan and weekly plans, but without exact loading and drills used. Organization of the training sessions, days and weeks will be highly dependent on your context (facilities, number of athletes, assistants, weather, etc), thus I will only provide models so to…
By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/12/2010
I have recently been reading Transfer of Training (Volume 2) by Dr Anatoly Bondarchuk and watching video(s) by Derek Evely. To understand their classification of training systems it is necessary to understand the classification of the exercises based on the specificity criteria. Thus, Bondarchuk identified four groups of exercises/methods.