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Noise and Variability of Movement

Written by: Kevin Cann The acquisition of high level skill has always been something that has interested me.  This is probably why hearing Sheiko speak made me want him to coach me and why I lean towards using a Dynamic Systems Theory approach to training and developing the skill of strength. Daniel Wolpert believes that the … Continue reading Noise and Variability of Movement

Understanding Dynamic Correspondence

Written by: Kevin Cann A popular lifter/coach made an arbitrary list of exercises and gave each exercise a rating.  I understand what he was trying to do, and it is really not a bad idea.  Every coach has their own lists of exercises that they prefer.  I could not disagree more with the ratings of a lot of … Continue reading Understanding Dynamic Correspondence

Periodization of Max Effort Work

Written by: Kevin Cann People have a giant misunderstanding about what we do at Precision Powerlifting Systems.  I was mentioned on a podcast where the host said that “Kevin is just going through his Westside phase.”  He said it saying that every coach has gone through that phase. Ironically, he was having this conversation with a 24 … Continue reading Periodization of Max Effort Work

Knees Caving in is Weak ADDuctors, It is Not Using Them More, or Weak Abductors, Knees Forward Also Makes No Sense

Written by: Kevin Cann I have this conversation a few times now in the last couple of weeks.  There seems to be some misunderstanding in regard to the execution of the squat and how to involve the most muscle mass. There seems to be this trend to drive the knees forward and not out to initiate … Continue reading Knees Caving in is Weak ADDuctors, It is Not Using Them More, or Weak Abductors, Knees Forward Also Makes No Sense

Frequency of Max Effort Lifts

Written by: Kevin Cann The max effort method is the best method to build absolute strength.  This is undeniable due to the specificity of heavy singles for the sport of powerlifting.  The max effort method builds the inter and intra muscular coordination, technical efficiency at heavy weights, and psychological strength.  It teaches lifters how to compete. The Bulgarian … Continue reading Frequency of Max Effort Lifts

My Love Hate Relationship with Hypertrophy

Written by: Kevin Cann I have been a very vocal proponent of direct hypertrophy work in powerlifting.  I think my argument against it gets misunderstood.  I never said that hypertrophy is not important, it most definitely is.  However, hypertrophy is built over a large number of rep ranges, but strength is more directed and developed with higher loads … Continue reading My Love Hate Relationship with Hypertrophy

Understanding Physics to Individualize Training

Written by: Kevin Cann We seem to be in a fad of “evidence based” coaching right now.  I also see a lot of coaches touting that they follow general principles in their programs, but when you see their programs there is a definite misunderstanding of those general principles of strength training. Training needs to be individualized … Continue reading Understanding Physics to Individualize Training

PPS Programs vs Westside Conjugate vs DUP

Written by: Kevin Cann I saw a video last week where a coach was taking questions from followers.  One of these followers asked about a conjugate program for raw lifting.  The coach then said it was not a program that is useful for raw lifting and only one high level lifter uses it. This statement is incredibly … Continue reading PPS Programs vs Westside Conjugate vs DUP

You Need to Train Harder Not More

Written by: Kevin Cann This is a message that I am really trying to send to Precision Powerlifting Systems right now.  We all can train harder than what we have been.  There is a current trend in powerlifting that seems to tell us that we need more. We need more frequency, more comp lifts, and more volume.  This … Continue reading You Need to Train Harder Not More

Is individualized Training Overrated?

Written by: Kevin Cann Ever since I got into the field of strength and conditioning around 2005, I have been told that profiling athletes or giving assessments on clients is the way to go.  This has evolved into every little variable in training needing to be profiled and then individualized into a training program for the … Continue reading Is individualized Training Overrated?

Determining Volumes and Intensities

Written by: Kevin Cann This is often the most difficult question for a coach to answer.  I have literally tried everything from high frequency, to higher frequency, to all singles, in search of the perfect volumes and intensities of training.  I am sure many reading this have experienced the exact same thing. I think as a coach, … Continue reading Determining Volumes and Intensities

Clearing Up My Thoughts on Auto-Regulation

Written by: Kevin Cann I made a post last night explaining the reasons why I do not use auto-regulation to dictate day to day training loads.  I titled it “Why I am not a fan of auto-regulation.”  Perhaps this title was a bit misleading?  I am not sure. I went on to explain my thoughts and reasoning for … Continue reading Clearing Up My Thoughts on Auto-Regulation

Russian vs American Training Systems

Written by: Kevin Cann There are many different methods to get strong.  Most lifters and coaches are aware of a few different models.  Block periodization is probably the most popular.  This is when the coach prescribes each block to focus on one particular aspect of development while maintaining the others. An example would be a hypertrophy block followed … Continue reading Russian vs American Training Systems

Sitting Back in the Squat

Written by: Kevin Cann I see this statement a lot on the interwebs, “Technique is not a one size fits all approach.  You should lift how you are comfortable and strongest.”  There are some truths to that statement, but it is taken much too far from the majority of the population spewing it. It seems to mostly … Continue reading Sitting Back in the Squat

My Love Hate Relationship with Periodization

Written by: Kevin Cann I have always been skeptical.  My whole life.  I wish smartphones and Google existed when I was kid so that I could have called bullshit on a few of my teachers at the time.  This attitude has led me to be wrong probably more often than I have been right.  However, it has taught me … Continue reading My Love Hate Relationship with Periodization

Learning to Hunt

Written by: Kevin Cann I have been involved in competitive sports for 32 years now.  There has been a value system that has been embedded in me from all of these experiences.  I have learned that we can only control what we can control, and this is our attitude and our efforts.  Whether we were successful or unsuccessful … Continue reading Learning to Hunt

Specificity of Force Production

Written by: Kevin Cann I am currently doing a series for my Patreon channel about the general principles of training.  Specificity is of course a general principle that all coaches need to apply.  You can’t play tennis and expect to have a bigger total. I think that many coaches and lifters actually miss the mark on specificity … Continue reading Specificity of Force Production

Critical Theory in Powerlifting

Written by: Kevin Cann I discussed this with PPS last night during our bi-weekly team meeting.  I think that this is a fun topic and actually one that is relatively important.  Understanding these social theories and how they influence research and ideas can be very important to identifying a bias and making decisions. I like to read.  I … Continue reading Critical Theory in Powerlifting

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