By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017
In this final piece of Weekly plans, I am providing practical example using very common and realistic scenario. 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.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2017
Sports training is infected with pseudoscience disguised as proper science. From simple misconceptions to practices based on evidence of extremely poor quality; from inferences based on studies with extremely small samples to ignoring dispersion of data in favor of an excessive focus on central values.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017
In this part I am continuing the discussion on football and non-football related content, especially the “right” time to develop certain quality, appropriate combination of qualities to avoid interference between them, the concept of micro-dosing, how to vary training, and the use of heuristics in uncertain world of sports planning and decision making.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/04/2017
I accidentally stumbled upon Strongfirst For Crossfit article, which I urge you to read. Without going into the study design, although I would love to recommend the author to try to make the same analysis using Magnitude-based approach and maybe split the athlete to low-, med- and high-level to see if there are differences in training effect, I wanted...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017
I am continuing the previous part where I discussed the analogy of the “puzzles”. In this piece I will cover two concepts that needs to be taken into account when planning: strengths~weaknesses and individual~collective complementary pairs. I also cover “probabilistic planning” model and the idea and use of heuristics.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/04/2017
In this part of weekly plans, I am expanding on the concept of the “puzzles” and use that approach for flexible and agile planning of the training week. This approach represents simple model or a “jig” that you can use for micro-cycle of varying durations. I also describe the concepts of “planning from the game” and “planning to the...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/01/2017
We are witnessing tremendous increase in measuring technologies, and it seems that if you are not measuring and monitoring you are not training. Unfortunately (or luckily) a lot of clubs cannot afford 30 units GPS systems, OmegaWave, Dexa scan and you name it. Being on the budget (or no budget), what can you do to be better than nothing?
By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/09/2016
In this video I am presenting a framework that could be utilized in planning and programming strength training. It is based on utilizing daily undulating periodization/planning (DUP), but it gives it a bit bigger picture, as well as utilizing ideas from Agile/Scrum.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 03/09/2016
This program is based on multiple ideas from daily undulating programing, particularly the idea of avoiding boredom. The template is pretty much written taking into account my current needs, but it can be changed to suit your situation.
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…