By Mladen Jovanovic on 17/09/2017
Without being able to come up with more appropriate name, functional groups relate to the current training status of the athlete (i.e. away, national team, injured, available, etc) and whether they played the previous match or are they going to play the next one. This makes planning a bit easier for the coach, although there are going to be...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/07/2017
In this video I am covering the following concepts: 1) Top-Down versus Bottom-Up planning; 2) Functional Groups within the team; 3) Mini-Block and their variations; 4) Planning for micro-cycles of different length; 5) Distribution of Strength versus Weaknesses work; 6) Distribution of Individual versus Collective work; 7) ...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017
To create a simple program and showcase on how to use the “puzzles” we will assume that we have 6 weeks of preparatory period and will model 4 weeks of competition period with 5 games. This is pretty realistic scenario.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017
What to do when? In the recent years I started looking at the warm-up not as “separate” part of the workout that has it’s own objectives, but as something that CAN and SHOULD be done at that current state of the organism that helps you reach workout and training objectives, while preparing you for the work to come.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017
Strengths/Weaknesses - The concept of strength and weaknesses is a bit abstract, but it can guide our decision making when planning out the micro-cycle. It is most frequently related to team tactics and game plan (strategy), but it can be applied to other training components/buckets (technical, physical, mental, etc) as well.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/04/2017
The dissection of the training week (microcycle) and distinction into recovery, loading and taper mini-blocks is of course artificial and represents a simple “jig” to be used to make decision making easier. In most cases we will use this simple model, but in some we need to realize it is only a model or a “jig” and we need...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/04/2017
After we have planned and scheduled for the recovery and taper mini-block, what is left we can use for loading mini-block. Depending on the duration of the microcycle, the loading mini-block can have different lengths, usually from 2-4 days. In the case where we have ...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/03/2017
By the week plan term I do not necessary refer to the calendar week of 7 days, but to a period between two games, that can last from 3 to 14 days. Since we are usually dealing with varied competition schedule, we need to rely on couple of principles and heuristics when planning the week.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/03/2017
Working on a Book In 2007, after my first professional gig with FK RAD, I wrote a summary of my thoughts regarding physical preparation in soccer in one PDF created in Microsoft PowerPoint. In 2010/2011, after returning from Boston, and after starting the Complementary Training blog, I wrote the updated version on this manual. It started as a series of blog...