Predicting Earthquakes and Powerlifting

Written by Kevin Cann   I had stumbled upon Per Bak’s book “How Nature Works.”  Bak is a physicist that developed a theory of complexity known as self-organization criticality (SOC).  Basically, he theorizes that all complex events reach a critical state.   Once this critical state is reached there will be what is known as … Continue reading Predicting Earthquakes and Powerlifting

Embrace the Chaos: Everything Sucks and Inception is a True Story

Written by: Kevin Cann   We have a saying around the gym.  This saying is “Embrace the chaos.”  This came about because of my fascination for chaos theory and how I feel it applies to the sport of powerlifting.   Basically, this means that we understand that progress is nonlinear, and we take each day … Continue reading Embrace the Chaos: Everything Sucks and Inception is a True Story

Flexible Programming

  Written by: Kevin Cann   I have made a drastic change to the way I write my programs.  Ever since I started coaching this sport, I have tracked a lot of data. I tracked tonnage, number of lifts, average intensity, percent of lifts performed as competition, and ACWR (acute chronic work ratio).   Over the … Continue reading Flexible Programming

My First Theory: Mechanical Stress and Perception

Written by: Kevin Cann   I started this coaching thing by mimicking my coach.  I was fortunate enough to have one of the greatest coaches in this sport at the time and for 3 years.  Over time my network grew, and my learning expanded.   My network includes other powerlifting coaches as well as physical … Continue reading My First Theory: Mechanical Stress and Perception