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 15/04/2017
Different types of weekly progressions can be implemented, with or without the unload period. You can use a modified Poliquin accumulation/intensification scheme for ME and DUP for SE to name a few. You could also use narrow pyramids, waves, stages, or whatever crosses your mind that allows an increase in defined goals concurrently and avoids injury and overtraining.
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 04/04/2017
After we have planned and scheduled for the recovery and taper mini-block, what is left we can use for loading mini-block. Depending on the duration of the microcycle, the loading mini-block can have different lengths, usually from 2-4 days. In the case...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/04/2017
Priority lifts - I openly admit it. This is my favorite approach to concurrent strength training. I don’t know if anyone called it priority lifts before me or if anyone knows what the hell I’m talking about here, but I’ve called it that somehow. Because we are going to differ between different exercise categories and give them priorities, I...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/03/2017
Concurrent training by definition means training for achieving multiple training goals at the same time. Concurrent training in iron game was made popular by Westside Barbell Club and Louie Simmons, who erroneously called it ’conjugate’ instead of concurrent. Synonyms with concurrent are parallel and mixed training.