Training Theory

  • New Frans Bosch Book Review – Strength Training and Coordination

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/02/2016

    Last week I finished reading the new Frans Bosch book, and I must admit that it was a hard read. I love the books that question my understanding and the models I use to understand things.

  • The Best of Complementary Training in 2015

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/02/2016

    I know that the New Year is behind us and that these types of blog post should be done in late December, but due my relocation to Adelaide, Australia I had to postpone it till February.

  • Agile Periodization Manifesto [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/01/2016

    In this installment I will cover the second major cycle called “sprint”, it’s sub-components and two major principles: embedded testing and minimal viable product.

  • Agile Periodization Manifesto (Part 1)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 06/01/2016

    This article is my attempt to create workable principles and guidelines of Agile Periodization. I have written extensively about the idea …

  • Agile Planning in Sports Training

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/09/2015

    There is another way to look at training planning taking into account “modern” constraints imposed on athletes and coaches, along with managing uncertainty and risk that more traditional approaches suffer from. Find all about this in 40+ min screen cast.

  • Planning and Programming of Training in Sport Games

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/05/2015

    I wrote this article in May 2010 and I believe it is one of the best articles I ever wrote, at least when it comes to skill training in team sports / sport games. Hence, I believe it demands republishing.

  • Periodization Confusion? Full Video From Windsprint Conference

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/01/2015

    Periodization Confusion? Full Video From Windsprint Conference As you probably know, I gave a presentation on reconciling periodization/training “confusions” at Windsprint (organized by Håkan Andersson). The slides are available for some time (LINK), but I recently got the videos so I decided to make them available for the members. Please note that this presentation is my first overall and...

  • Four Important Complementary Pairs

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2015

    Four Important Complementary Pairs I believe that there are four important complementary aspects in training (and performance) theory (and reality). Understanding these four aspects can yield many dividends in your training philosophy and help you understand, or better yet, reconcile what seems to be paradoxes and dichotomizations of the training and performance. Skill~Ability Physical~Cognitive Goal~Method Sharpen~Saw (or Develop~Express) I...

  • Best of Complementary Training in 2014

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 01/01/2015

    Best of Complementary Training in 2014 2014… This has been the greatest year for me so far – I’ve got married to the best girl in the world and we got our first child. What could one possible ask for more? Sometimes we forget to appreciate the things we already have while seeking things we don’t (and we don’t...

  • Tactical Periodization: Interview With Two of My Colleagues

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/12/2014

    Tactical periodization is currently the hot topic of the most team sports periodization (planning) talks and discussions. I think it has a lot to offer as the anti-dote to the traditional motor-abilities and physiology-based approach(es) who were dominating (and still are) the team sport coaches educations and practices.