Episode 214: Mladen Jovanović - HIIT training, unpredictability, and agile periodization

This episodes guest sees the reuturn of Mladen Jovanović from complementarytraining.net.

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

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

Mladen was on the ATSW podcast back in episode 146.

On this episode Mladen and I discuss:

  • We talk about his HIIT Maunal
  • I ask Mladen why did he decide to write about HIT and agile periodization for his first book?
  • I ask Mladen to explain what the term satisfice
  • I ask Mladen to discuss Leonard Jimmie Savage's small world vs large world
  • I ask Mladen to outline his endurance map
  • I ask Mladen to explain what are maximum sprint speed (MSS), maximum aerobic speed (MAS), and the anaerobic speed reserve (ASR)
  • Mladen outlines what tests his likes to use to get an idea of an individuals MSS, MAS, and ASR
  • I ask Mladen to explain what is a sensitivity analysis 
  • I ask Mladen what are the best way's to estimate an individuals MSS
  • I ask Mladen to discuss the different HIT methods outlined in the manual
  • I ask Mladen to outline his tempo running method and how he individualizes its prescription
  • I ask Mladen can you estimate an individuals 100m time from a flying 10?
  • I ask Mladen why total time of repeat sprints is a better indicator repeated-sprint-ability (RSA) than a fatigue drop index 
  • I ask Mladen to discuss the importance of having heuristics when planning and organizing training to navigate uncertainty 
  • I ask Mladen regarding the planning of training - What should be done? When should it done? How to minimize being wrong? Which are 3 concepts he outlines in his manual
  • I ask Mladen to discuss - Phenomenological analysis, mechanistic (or performance) analysis, and physiological analysis
  • Mladen and I discuss how principles from economics can be applied to planning the training process
  • Mladen outlines his 3 heuristics for planning training - 1). Make it simple, 2). Decrease the downside, 3). Increase the upside
  • I ask Mladen what fields outside of sports preparation did he research for the manual
  • I ask Mladen to discuss iterative planning vs up-front planning
  • Mladen and discuss "criteria-based" programming
  • I ask Mladen whats he reading?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - complementarytraining.net

Facebook - Mladen Jovanović

Twitter - @Physical_Prep 

Instagram - physical_prep

YouTube - Mladen Jovanović


Podcasts Mentioned:

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

Rugby Strength Coach Podcast #37: Sport science, stats & skin in the game with Mladen Jovanovic

Videos Mentioned:


Books Mentioned:

HIIT Manual: High Intensity Interval Training and Agile Periodization

Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training: Solutions to the Programming Puzzle


Money: Master the game

Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions

The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for You

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger, 3rd Edition

People and Resources Mentioned:


Westside Barbell

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

Tai Lopez

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Leonard Jimmie Savage

Peter Weyand 


Gerd Gigerenzer

A.S. Prilepin - Chart

Charlie Francis

James Smith

Ray Dalio

Tony Robbins

Boris Sheiko

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Al Vermeil

Gerald Pollock

Mike Tuchscherer

Ultimate Athlete Concepts

Scott Cochran


The Data camp

Mike Cazayoux

Jordan Peterson

HIT card Builder

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