Episode 146: Mladen Jovanovic - Training Philosophy, Periodization, Uncertainty in Planning, VBT and so Much More!

This episodes guest is Mladen Jovanovic of Complementary Training

Mladen is a physical preparation coach from Belgrade, Serbia, grew up in Pula, Croatia (which he consider's his home town). Mladen was involved in physical preparation of professional, amateur and recreational athletes of various ages in sports, such as basketball, soccer, AFL, volleyball, martial arts and tennis.

In his free time he like to do Boxing/MMA and lift (sometimes heavy), along with reading about statistics and learning R programming language. Some consider Mladen to be an Excel wizard. He is also interested in predictive analytics/machine learning.


On this episode Mladen and I discussed:

  • Mladens give us an extensive insight into his background
  • How difficult it was for Mladen to to leave his position at Port Adelaide so he could be reunited with his son
  • Mladens influences both personal and professional
  • What are the good and not so good things that Mladen currently see's with the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing
  • Mladens overall training philosophy
  • Mladen speaks about the importance of being aware of the fact that there will always be uncertainties within our planning and to have contingencies in place
  • Mladen talks about the the potential to utilize an asymmetric risk/ reward model, often used in fileds like economics, for sports training and preparation
  • Mladen gives his thoughts on periodization 
  • Mladen gives us insight into how he would run a sporting organization if he was given the responsibility to do so
  • Mladen speaks about how negative knowledge is more insightful and useful feedback then positive knowledge 
  • We both speak about how Al Vermeils vertical integration model has influence both of us with our programming
  • Mladens gives his thoughts on Energy System Training
  • Mladen shares his thoughts on VBT
  • And if Mladen could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invited and why?

This was an outstanding episode with Malden guys, and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Bachelor Pad Economics - Aaron Clearly

Anti-Fragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb


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