The Problem With (Peak) Power (Calculus) – or Why I Don’t Believe in This Sacred CowBy Mladen Jovanovic on 21/03/2013
I am going to say it straight ahead – coaches who believe that they are training peak power at certain percentage of 1RM are simply misguided. There are two important logical errors behind it.
Creating Team Workout Using ExcelBy Mladen Jovanovic on 30/11/2012
Here is the screen cast of a rather simple solution in Excel for creating individualized team strength training workouts.
Olympic Lifting MatrixBy Mladen Jovanovic on 28/10/2012
Olympic Lifting Matrix I was training with a friend of mine, playing with GymAware Pro (with a Web support and BTW I am AMAZED how powerful this tool is) while doing olympic lifts. We were talking about different variations of the Olympic lifting (excluding the jerk) and I tried to explain to my friend the two criteria for the...
Percent-based training vs. Auto-regulatory? Can they be complementary?By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/10/2012
Percent-based training vs. Auto-regulatory? Can they be complementary? I have been writing recently on the behavioral aspect of exercise prescription (click HERE) and my ’quest’ to blend the pros of percent-based approach and auto-regulatory approach, while avoiding their cons. In the following table there is a short list I quickly made for the purpose of this article. Exhibit A...
‘Non-Periodized Programs’ – Are They Really Non-Periodized?By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/08/2012
Recent blog post regarding the Percent-reps chart and the talk with the Donnell Boucher and Brijesh Patel on the topic of „relative intensity“ got me thinking about the post I did in June – Random Thoughts from the Training Camp. It is funny how things go round-n’-round: I have been looking for the practical solution of the conceptual...
Percent – Repetitions ChartBy Mladen Jovanovic on 18/08/2012
Percent-Repetition Chart I was looking to create a neat percent-repetitions table for the quick reference when I compare various percent-based and auto-regulatory programs out there. This could help with judging and evaluating the ‘buffer’ of each set or proximity to failure, hard-medium-easy days, weekly progression and differences in intensity, intensiveness, volume and frequency program designs. I combined data from...
Frame of referenceBy Mladen Jovanovic on 10/03/2012
Take a acceleration phase in sprinting for an example. Ground reaction force passes through body’s center of mass (or slightly outside of it causing certain torque around body’s sagital axis) and certain component of it provides the propulsion force. The bigger the propulsion force, the greater the acceleration. The body inclination can affect this, but to get into more incline position...
The Juggernaut MethodBy Mladen Jovanovic on 26/10/2011
The Juggernaut Method I forgot to mention in yesterday’s Good Reads one really good read:“The Juggernaut Method” by Chad Wesley Smith. It is a strength training system aimed at (advanced) intermediate level lifters that is basically ‘improved’ (if I dare to say it ) Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 system, that also utilize some elements of Block Periodization (only when it...
Random Thoughts From the Training Camp [Part 2]By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/06/2011
Random Thoughts From the Training Camp Here is the second part of random thoughts from training camps. Strength training I’ve been reading Dan Baker’s articles regarding strength training and conditioning and I have found one old one (from 1994) especially interesting: Periodization: The Effect on Strength of Manipulating Volume and Intensity. One of the conclusions of this...
Analysis of Reactive Training SystemsBy 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…