Posts tagged with ‘Theory’

  • Force-Velocity Curves – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    By on 28/02/2018

    The force-velocity relationship is central to many theories of training, as well as in various practical approaches. For instance, in Zatsiorsky’s “Science and Practice of Strength Training” (1) — which, in my opinion, is one of the few Eastern European manuals that’s actually comprehensible by us ‘westerns’ — there is a pretty figure (see below) which shows that various...

  • Strength Training: Planning The Training Block – Part 3

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/02/2018

    Third part of ’Strength Training: Planning the Training Block’’ – in which I will touch on Horizontal vs vertical planning framework, as well as indivisible approach and explain how can you benefit from them.

  • Why The Concept of Biomotor Abilities is Bullshit

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 23/01/2018

    In my opinion, biomotor abilities are ‘dimension reduction’ of the complex perceptual-motor space. Suppose we perform 500 various tests of performance for at least 5000 athletes.

  • Strength Training: Planning The Training Block – Part 2

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/01/2018

    In my opinion, there are two things that are important when it comes to set and rep schemes: modifications and classification (or types). Let’s cover each concept separately.

  • Strength Training: Planning the Training Block – Part 1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/12/2017

    It should be clear by now that for planning of the strength training cycle, we are using 1RMs as something that helps us with prescription, and not something to argue about until cows come home.

  • Strength Training Categorization – Part 2: Categorization of Exercises

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/11/2017

    As is the case with the objectives, there are multiple ways to categorize strength exercises. For example, using “specificity” (similarity to the competition movement) as a criteria, we pretty much have (1) general and (2) specific exercises. Please note the “fuzzy” borders between them, which makes them more of a continuum, rather than discrete groups.

  • 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).

  • So you can predict the future… But can you change it?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/10/2017

    I also love to call this problem “Terminator Problem”, since it is more understandable to coaches, since most of them have seen Terminator movies. The issue is, once we are able to “predict” the future (for example estimating injury likelihood in the next 7 days), can we actually change it?

  • Latest on Load Monitoring [Video & FREE Templates]

    By on 28/09/2017

    Sean Williams was kind enough to provide short review of the recent load monitoring workshop, held at the World Rugby Science Network Conference, as well as to provide full slides and Excel templates. This is tremendous resource for those interested in injury prediction analytics.

  • 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...

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