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  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan (Part 2)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/01/2011

    Speaking of goals, what are the goals of Physical Preparation training component? That’s easy, right? Improving performance and reducing injuries. But what is improved performance and how do we judge it? To answer that we would again need to take a look at three-level analysis system.

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan (Part 1)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/01/2011

    Since the soccer is the most important secondary thing in Europe and pretty popular in Serbia (it is beyond me why, because we suck), and since I started working for the first time as physical preparation coach in soccer I decided to write down this 8-weeks pre-season template. I have also summed my work experience and preparation philosophy from…

  • Analysis of Reactive Training Systems

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/12/2010

    Although I have promised in Periodization confusion article that I am going to make a real-world practical example on planning the preparatory period for 8-weeks long pause between two halves of the soccer season, I am first going to make another example by ‘disecting’ Reactive Training System (RTS) by MikeTuchscherer based on the slides and material from Progressive Powerlifting…

  • Periodization Confusion?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/12/2010

    I have recently been reading Transfer of Training (Volume 2) by Dr Anatoly Bondarchuk and watching video(s) by Derek Evely. To understand their classification of training systems it is necessary to understand the classification of the exercises based on the specificity criteria. Thus, Bondarchuk identified four groups of exercises/methods.

  • Usage of Subjective Indicators in Monitoring and Programming of Training

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/10/2010

    Process of preparing the athletes for competitions can be considered complex adaptive system that can be further divided to (1) training, (2) competition and (3) recovery sub-systems.

  • What the Heck Is Periodization Anyway?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/10/2010

    I don’t watch TV. At least not in the amount I used to. I am not old either. Somewhat I feel that I should spend my time reading the stuff that interests me and watching more documentaries, which I do. Also, I need to reduce my Facebook time and internet dating too. But, that’s life, right?

  • Planning the Strength Training (Part 3)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 06/10/2010

    No matter what sport athlete comes from, if he starts doing serious (not counting wellness experience here) strength training for the first time, he is novice. Be it experienced soccer player, basketball player, Olympic weightlifting beginner, powerlifting beginner or beginner bodybuilder he is usually weak as a kitten and skinny or sometimes fat (although I will not go into…

  • Planning the Strength Training (Part 2)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/10/2010

    As we have outlined, volume and intensity are un-splittable and principal parts of the load. There is one myth that exists and its called volume-intensity trade off. Yes, there is a trade-off, but it depends on time-frame under which you analyze the load. Under most shortest time-frame, there is trade-off between volume and intensity: the more weight on the…

  • Planning the Strength Training (Part 1)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/10/2010

    According to Mark Rippetoe, the author of Practical Programming book, the lifters can be generally classified to four groups according to their level: novice, intermediate, advanced and elite. When planning strength training, one should take into account the level of the lifter, because there are distinct characteristic within each group. The planning of strength training for each group will…