Archive for 2014

  • Statistics 101 – Introduction to ‘Model Thinking’

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/09/2014

    I am just reading Data Science for Business book, which is by the way great, and finishing Discovering Statistics Using R. Both of these provide interesting viewpoint on building models. In most other stats books, linear regression and correlation are explained by trying to find linear relationship between variables – using ‘model thinking’ viewpoint we are trying to fit...

  • How to Adjust Generic %1RM Table for Higher Reps With Lower Body Lifts?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/09/2014

    It is pretty common to use generic %1RM tables when prescribing weight training, both for upper body and lower body movements. As with everything, there are pros and cons of such an approach...

  • Long-term Athlete Development Model – Excellent video by José Afonso

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 03/09/2014

    We tend to think in “buckets”, and after recently reading Antidote by Oliver Burkeman, it might be because of our inherent fear of uncertainty and chaos. Great book to read as well. Reading more books on Psychology, Philosophy, Analytics help us gain new perspectives on the same problems and help to overcome “einstellung”

  • Atlético Madrid Circuit Training

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 31/08/2014

    But being big, successful, rich (and beautiful) by no means is a proof that someone knows what the hell are they doing (or as Nassim Taleb book would say don’t be “Fooled by Randomness”).

  • Small “bug” in Strength Card Builder

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/08/2014

    Thanks to Nathan Young for reporting a small bug in Strength Card Builder. The bug is in  3×5 tab under Tier4 exercise. It pulls the wrong references from the Set & Rep scheme (it pulls from the top which is reference 0, instead of pulling from 3rd set). The solution is simple: 1. Unprotect the sheet (right...

  • Better Than Bench Press?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/08/2014

    The worst upper body press exercises in my opinion is incline bench press. Here is my rationale.

  • High Performance Training for Sports [Book Review]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/08/2014

    I haven’t read such a great book in a while (besides Steve Magness’ book The Science of Running which is also highly recommended, but not much aimed to team sports, although you can find certain great ideas that will influence your approach in that case as well; and Fitness in Soccer, which is well, aimed at team sports).

  • The Olympian Manual for Strength and Size: Blue Print from the World’s Greatest Coach [Book Review]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/08/2014

    I must thank Yosef Johnson and Martin Binggiser for sending me a free copy of the book. Yosef is running excellent publishing company – Ultimate Athlete Concepts – from which I have ordered a bunch of books, including Transfer of Training I and II and Block Periodization books by Issurin (which are HIGHLY recommended).

  • Researched Applications of Velocity Based Strength Training [Paper]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/08/2014

    Researched Applications of Velocity Based Strength Training This is a paper written by yours truly and Eamonn Flanagan last year on the topic of VBT (Velocity Based Training). Most of the topics were covered and expanded in the series/experimentations: “How to create individualized exercise profile in strength training?“, but this one is written more as a scientific review paper (which...

  • Battle Rope Drills & Progressions

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/08/2014

    When I was with Hammarby in 2012/2013 we decided to purchase battle ropes to workout the injured guys, or for some extra cross-training for reserves. Not sport-specific? Agree, but sometimes you need to perform non-specific activities (e.g. with lower body injury) and plug them in a specific circuit, etc. Anyway, not a topic of today’s discussion.