Today\u2019s episode features strength coach and sport scientist Mladen Jovanovi\u0107. \u00a0Mladen is the owner of complementarytraining.net and is a thought leader in physical preparation, particularly in the arena of building the best possible training programs for team sport athletes. \u00a0Mladen brings in the work of many of the world\u2019s great philosophers and thinkers in his process, fielding universal principles that often supercede existing periodization theory. Mladen has worked in a variety of elite level sports in countries including Serbia, Sweden, Qatar, Turkey, Australia and the USA. A leading individual in the sport science community, Mladen\u2019s interests include velocity based training, statistical modelling and the philosophy\/management of sports programmes. I\u2019ve been looking forward to having Mladen 上 the show for some time, as I\u2019m always impressed by his work and thought process. \u00a0It\u2019s always great to chat with those who utilize reason from a variety of other fields to lead us towards a better path in athletics. \u00a0One of the biggest things I initially wanted to chat with Mladen about was the use of mental heuristics in how we tend to view and create workout programs, but our chat led us down the paths of flow and free play in athletic performance, robust vs. \u201cpeak-performance\u201d training, flaws of classical periodization theory and real-life experiences, as well as velocity based training ideas. In the aftermath of episodes such as with Dr. Tommy John, and then our sport play roundtable, as well as my own experiences training with intuitive minds such as Paul Cater, I\u2019ve realized the shortcomings of strict, planned, drill and internal cue based sessions, and how \u201cbreaking out of the robot factory\u201d, so to speak, is 上 e of the most powerful lessons coaches can learn and use. Today\u2019s episode is brought to you by SimpliFaster, supplier of high-end athletic development tools, such as the Freelap timing system, kBox, Sprint 1080, and more. \u00a0 Key Points: \tWhat\u2019s new in the life of Mladen Jovanovi\u0107 \tHow much training should be planned versus spontaneous and free flowing \tThe point of gym work with (team sport players such as soccer) is to be robust, rather than to run as fast or jump as high as possible \tGuidelines for velocity based work and bar speed monitoring \tThoughts 上 delayed training effects and phase potentiation \tMladen\u2019s thoughts 上 planning robust training for team sport athletes Quotes: \u201cI think we are missing the play element in training\u201d \u201cYou need to be a snake to sneak in the hard work without it clashing with the athletes (soccer players who find lifting boring)\u201d \u201cYou need to find a balance between giving players freedom, and having strict training\u201d \u201cThere are multiple applications for using velocity based training\u201d \u201cWe still need to rely 上 coaching intuition and traditional (stuff), you cannot just rely 上 velocity based training\u201d \u201cUsing (VBT) percentages is biased based 上 the initial rep\u201d \u201cThe main benefit of velocity based training is live feedback. \u00a0If your intent is maximal then you are going to get higher levels of strength.\u201d \u201c(Regarding periodization) let\u2019s find the things we need to do, and do them all the time\u201d \u201cEvery time you push an athlete, especially 上 the highest level of competition, they are going into the unknown, you can\u2019t rely 上 the studies 上 student population that bench press 70 kilos (to validate what you are doing at this point).\u201d \u201c(With team sport athletes) we rotate things more often so that they don\u2019t hit the (training) ceiling\u2026. What happens after the peak? It\u2019s the volley. \u00a0You don\u2019t want this in team sports\u201d \u201cIn team sports, (your periodization) is always limited by logistics. \u00a0At the end of the day, rather than having \u201cperfect\u201d training, you want to have \u201crobust\u201d training. \u00a0Robust training is training that works in several scenarios.\u201d About Mladen Jovanovi\u0107: Mladen Jovanovi\u0107 is a strength coach, sport scientist and Phd candidate. He has worked in a variety of elite level sports in countries including Serbia, Sweden, Qatar, Turkey, Australia and the USA. A leading individual in the sport science community, Mladen\u2019s interests include predictive analysis, machine learning, velocity based training, statistical modelling and the philosophy\/management of sports programmes. \u00a0In his free time, he trains Boxing\/MMA and lifts weights, along with reading statistics and learning programming language.