Training Theory

  • Training Load Monitoring – Seeing the Big Picture

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 06/12/2014

    I already mentioned it in the introduction, but basically we have three components: training load and reaction to that load, where current state and context moderates the interaction between the two.

  • Sport-Specific or “Culture-Specific”?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/01/2014

    Recently a friend of mine and a fellow physical preparation coach, who was working with futsal and was preparing Olympic level Judokas, got an offer to take care of a pro basketball team. Since I was the one recommending him to the agent, I was questioned would he be a good fit, taking into account his lack of experience…

  • Training Periodization, Sprinting, Tempo, Charlie Francis, Technology and Much More [Discussion]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/01/2014

    This is the discussion that emerged on my Facebook wall after my post on Stephen Seiler presentation for INSEP regarding the MENAGEMENT OF THE DISTRIBUTION OF TRAINING INTENSITY: THE POLARIZED MODEL and my suggestion for similar observation and experiment to Mike Tuchscherer involving powerlifters instead of endurance runners.

  • Optimizing Groups for Small Sided Games (SSGs)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 23/08/2013

    In the following video I will show you how to: a) Calculate normal scores for any test/statistic (percentiles & z-scores) and the difference between them; b) Calculate composite scores using weighting factors and normal scores; c) Use one great Excel tool – SOLVER to provide optimized solution for groups;

  • Individual Qualities vs Positional Demands

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/08/2013

    Individual Qualities vs Positional Demands One frequent question I get from coaches and try to resolve myself is whether the conditioning should be based on individual characteristics (MAS, YOYO, VMAX, etc) OR based on position demands? Regarding the position demands: how do we quantify them and what is the worthwhile difference (SWC) between positions that warrants different training prescription?...

  • Substance~Form of Training Process

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/06/2011

    Substance~Form of Training Process In my humble opinion this is THE ROOT PROBLEM of training process and influences everything else down the road (hierarchy). This has bothered me since I started coaching education, and recently with the help of Complementary Nature I managed to solve this issue. In the training theory everything revolves around MOTOR ABILITIES and MOTOR SKILLS....

  • Special Strength Training – Manual for Coaches

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/06/2011

    Many coaches and sport scientists around the world, however, recognize Y.Verkhoshansky as a prominent figure in the field of explosive strength training, one of the greatest experts in the theory of sports training whose ideas was implemented and expanded as: Methodology of Special Strength Training and Special Physical Preparation, Long Delay Training Effect, Conjugate–Sequence System Training and Block Training...

  • The Sport Form Phenomena

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 02/11/2010

    This article was published on Power Development Inc, EliteFTS and Reactive Strength Training websites. I glanced through it and corrected some sentences as much as I could, so please bear with bad English (this was wrote in 2006 when I just stared writing in English).

  • The Function of Muscles in the Human Body

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/10/2010

    In my opinion, and I may be wrong, muscles are flexible in terms of their function and can express different functions under certain context. This may be good thing and it may lead to dysfunctions and pain too. Anyway, there is a certain ‘attractor’ in their functioning based on their structure and location. What is important is to understand...