By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/11/2017
As is the case with the objectives, there are multiple ways to categorize strength exercises. For example, using “specificity” (similarity to the competition movement) as a criteria, we pretty much have (1) general and (2) specific exercises. Please note the “fuzzy” borders between them, which makes them more of a continuum, rather than discrete groups.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/11/2017
As Jordan Peterson stated: “Categories are constructed in relationship to their functional significance”, categorization is not an exercise in futility, but rather helps us make better and faster decision (via information reduction and simplification).
By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2017
Having established exercise 1RMs is of the utmost importance for programming and performing percent-based programs. Pretty much everything revolves around this performance metric.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 03/10/2017
One of the few books that really got me thinking (and rethinking) was Strength Training and Coordination by Frans Bosch. I highly recommend reading this book, even if you do not agree with the author. Read more here
By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/09/2017
I stumbled on Robert Frederic by accident, probably through Facebook. So, after exchanging few messages with him, I decided to do a video interview and a Q&A regarding the “exertion load” metric, as well as his app. We have also touched a bit on Velocity Based Training concepts. Enjoy this video and please leave your comments and questions on...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/08/2017
In this video I am discussing few ideas regarding velocity based training (VBT): 1) Potential research in velocity based training (VBT) domain (which will most likely become my PhD thesis) regarding the exhaustion-velocity relationship; 2) The flaws of using % Drop in velocity when stopping a given set, as a way (or metric) that ensures the quality of the...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/08/2017
This program represents “park bench” workout (see works by Dan John) and it is quite usable for someone putting the same emphasis on each exercise, while hitting wide rep ranges and avoiding boredom at the same time. Therefore, it is very usable for off-season “sporadic” workouts (someone who hits the gym 2-4 times per week in haphazard manner).
By Mladen Jovanovic on 23/07/2017
I wanted to expand Framework for Analyzing & Planning Strength Training video with extra discussion on differences between progression and adaptation, which I also consider to be complementary pair, that are inter-related.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/07/2017
What does this video attempts to do is to reconcile everything written about above using few very simple tools. That way, it represents very pragmatic and agile tool for planning and analyzing strength training programs.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/06/2017
5/3/1 Forever is all about programming your total training; this includes mobility, jumps/med ball throws, you main lifts, supplemental, assistance work, conditioning and recovery. As always, each part is broken down and addressed in a simple, easy to read/implement manner. This allows the athlete or lifter to program his training, no matter what his goals.