Strength training has always been a significant component of physical preparation for athletes and recreational athletes. Strength training seeks improvements in strength performance, looking fabulous when naked, injury prevention, and transfer to other sporting activities. Planning ideas, approaches, and philosophies in strength training is also an excellent vehicle for understanding overall planning strategies and training theories in general due to more straightforward quantification of the training load and easily observed performances.
Strength Training Manual represents my ongoing pursuit of understanding both strength training and training theory in general by providing an overview of the conflicting opinions but also giving practical, heuristic solutions to common problems and their reconciliation. The framework for such an approach is Agile Periodization, which approaches planning from an uncertainty perspective, iterations, and experimentation while providing satisfying and robust solutions.
Besides being very rich in theory, Strength Training Manual is also rich in “forum for action” solutions, including reference tables, useful heuristics, and more than 1,900 set and rep schemes provided and analyzed. It also provides the best practices from other experts tinkering in this field.
This book is published in three electronic Volumes. Volume One covers major theoretical points needed for further understating of the more practical material in Volumes Two and Three.
Strength Training Planning revolves around three iterative phases:
- Establish 1RM
- Plan the Training Phase
- Review and Retrospective (or Rinse and Repeat)
Volume Two provides a detailed explanation of the second and third phases by covering the following topics:
- Thorough discussion on the training dose concept, as well as dose -> response models
- Anatomy of set and rep schemes and their archetypal variants
- “Mladen’s Methodological System of classifying Set and Rep schemes”
- Horizontal and Vertical planning perspectives (This will cut through all the periodization crap you have been fed over the years)
- Novel planning strategies and concepts such as robustness, microdosing, “Don’t break the chain,” and Markov Chain
- Thorough discussion on what individualization really is (and what it should be)
- Review and Retrospective practices including updating planning 1RMs between phases and “phase potentiation” ideas and critiques (and novel “iterative” approach)
- Discussion on predictive and causal modelling in strength training
Strength Training Manual will give you not only a practical solution to tackle everyday problems of planning, prescribing, and monitoring strength training but also critical thinking skills. You can use these essential skills of thinking and tools in other types of physical preparation and training in general.
Click HERE to preview the Strength Training Manual: Volume Two.
The reviewer comments:
‘This is gold, pure gold! Mladen has put together an encyclopedia of modern thought in sports science, and this is essential reading for anyone looking for ways to get ahead of their competition.’
Strength and Conditioning Specialist
‘Having followed Mladen’s work for some time now, it never seems to amaze me the meticulous of his dissection of periodization and program design models. In his latest work, he gives us, the clinician, the practitioner, and the coach, another in-depth analysis of the numerous ways we can design effective and efficient strength programs to our athletes. This is a must-have for your library!’
Physical Preparation Specialist
The fact that this isn’t another ‘here is my method for training athletes’ strength book is exactly why I love it; having a book dedicated to principles and heuristics seems a lot more valuable in a time where adaptability trumps rigidity in most contexts. I was telling one of my staff today when we were talking about Strength Training Manual: ‘Mladen isn’t for everyone, but he isn’t trying to be. He knows who he is for and those that get him, appreciate everything he does’
Director of Athletes Authority
‘Probably the most comprehensive read on planning and periodisation in the English language’
Sprint Coach – High Performance Centre, Växjö Sweden
‘Best strength and conditioning book I’ve read in year!’
Strength & Conditioning Professional
Owner of Powering Through Performance
Strength & Conditioning consultant to the PGA European Tour