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  • Problems of the Periodization of Training in Mixed Sports (Part 1)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/05/2011

    This article was motivated by couple of things: a) Me trying to figure out the training plan for the next preparatory period for my soccer club, that starts in a month; b) A short e-mail discussion with Lyle McDonald regarding the problems of the mixed sports; c) A lack of information available on the internet, based on my…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011

    It is time to put all of the info into an 8-week template. By template I mean general plan and weekly plans, but without exact loading and drills used. Organization of the training sessions, days and weeks will be highly dependent on your context (facilities, number of athletes, assistants, weather, etc), thus I will only provide models so to…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan Part 3: Physical Preparation Sub-Components

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/01/2011

    For each physical sub-component it could be written a whole book, thus I will try to keep it short and direct the readers toward more info with links. I also suggest checking my Physical Preparation for Soccer manual since it covers some of this in greater detail. Physical preparation sub-components are listed in the table below (this is…

  • 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…