10/01/2011By 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.
08/01/2011By 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…
28/12/2010By 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…
25/12/2010By 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.
12/10/2010By 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.
07/10/2010By 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?
06/10/2010By 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…
05/10/2010By 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…
04/10/2010By 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…