Training Theory

  • Testing Endurance for Team Sport Athletes

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/11/2016

    There are numerous endurance tests that a strength and conditioning coach (S&C from now on) might use. So many that it is confusing which one to choose and why. For that reason, I decided to write this article: I want to outline my reasoning and rationale when selecting an endurance test.

  • Experts answer: What Is Your Take On Field Testing For Sprinters?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/11/2016

    Here are the answers of couple of experts and world class sprinter coaches regarding the topic of field-testing for sprinters. The coaches and the starter of this discussion wanted to stay anonymous.

  • 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…

  • Testing and Training Agility in Sports [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/04/2016

    With a clear understanding of what agility is, i.e. which motor characteristics are necessary for agility to be manifested, it is possible to proceed with examination of motor characteristics that can potentially be trained in order to improve agility. In almost every scientific research in which author tried to assess the relationship between agility and different motor characteristics, as...

  • Testing and Training Agility in Sports [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 21/04/2016

    Most sports played on the field, such as soccer, handball, basketball, volleyball, rugby, tennis etc, demand extremely fast movements of the whole body, which are in most cases performed in response to a movement of the ball a rival or a teammate. This crucial component of an athlete’s performance is usually referred to as agility.

  • Grand Unified Theory of Sport Performance

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/04/2016

    Grand Unified Theory of Sport Performance I have already spoke about Grand Unified Theory (GUT) in Random Thoughts on the New Frans Bosch Book and More blog post, but wanted to give this topic a bit more thought in this video.

  • Agile Periodization: Concepts and Ideas

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 01/04/2016

    Continuing on the topic of Agile Planning, I made a more “practical” video about concrete applications in performance environment. In this video I’ve utilized Dave Snowden awesome Cynefin Framework in distinguishing Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotical systems and problems and how they might demand different approaches.

  • The Best of Complementary Training in 2015

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/02/2016

    I know that the New Year is behind us and that these types of blog post should be done in late December, but due my relocation to Adelaide, Australia I had to postpone it till February.

  • Agile Periodization Manifesto [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/01/2016

    In this installment I will cover the second major cycle called “sprint”, it’s sub-components and two major principles: embedded testing and minimal viable product.

  • Agile Periodization Manifesto [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 06/01/2016

    This article is my attempt to create workable principles and guidelines of Agile Periodization. I have written extensively about the idea …

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