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Should Beginners Perform Singles in Training?

Written by: Kevin Cann I was asked this question in a direct message on Instagram by a lifter.  I think it is a very good question and sparks a good discussion.  I also was not even aware that there was this thought process that training should be drastically different for a beginner. When I first started out … Continue reading Should Beginners Perform Singles in Training?

Why Coaches Need to Have Heuristics for Technique

Written by: Kevin Cann This is a topic that seems to come up quite frequently in discussions with other lifters and coaches.  I really enjoy these conversations and they happen to be some of my favorite ones to have.   Biomechanics was always one of my favorite classes in both undergrad and grad school.  It is a topic … Continue reading Why Coaches Need to Have Heuristics for Technique

Philosophy, Not Data, Drives Results

Written by: Kevin Cann The world of sports has changed quite a bit over the years.  Coaches and athletes are often trying to gain competitive edges over everyone else.  This has led to a massive spike in data driven coaching. This can be seen across all of sports, even the NFL.  In the documentary “The Art of Coaching” … Continue reading Philosophy, Not Data, Drives Results

My Experiment with Singles

Written by: Kevin Cann I love taking singles.  In any sport I have ever participated in, I would much rather scrimmage than drill various aspects of the sport.  Singles to me are like getting to scrimmage in practice. I always felt that all of the sparring rounds that I did in mma made me a better fighter … Continue reading My Experiment with Singles

Degrees of Freedom

Written by: Kevin Cann Understanding motor control is important for any coach.  I believe that all coaches will emphasize the importance of technique.  In order to help guide a lifter to better technique in the lifts, the coach must understand how the human body solves movement problems.  In order to do this, we must look into the Degrees … Continue reading Degrees of Freedom

The Dichotomies of Training Intensities

Written by: Kevin Cann When I first started coaching, this was the area of programming that interested me the most.  I think that it interested me the most, because the biggest question that I think every coach has is “Where do I start?” I was always confused as where to start for volumes and intensities.  We have … Continue reading The Dichotomies of Training Intensities

Few Thoughts About the Powerlifting Community

Written by: Kevin Cann I had a conversation with Vince Anello and Jeremy Hartman last week.  This conversation will be up on Boston’s Strongcast, probably next week.  It was a really great episode, with a lot of good information, especially on the mental pieces of training. When we were signing off, Vince said “We are all brothers … Continue reading Few Thoughts About the Powerlifting Community

The Dogma of Single Joint Accessories

Written by: Kevin Cann I just finished up reading “The Forgotten Secrets of Westside Culver City.”  This was a really fun read.  It was mainly a collection of magazine articles that told the story of some of the pioneers of the sport.  These pioneers were actually a major influence on Louie Simmons, who named his gym after this … Continue reading The Dogma of Single Joint Accessories

The Importance of Multiple Perspectives

Written by: Kevin Cann I was doing a podcast earlier today and this topic dawned on me.  I was discussing training with a coach and lifter that has been around a long time.  We both do things very differently, but also have a lot in common. I love having these conversations.  I love talking about training, telling stories, … Continue reading The Importance of Multiple Perspectives