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

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

Is Periodization Necessary for Strength Sports?

Written by: Kevin Cann   I was listening to the newest Reactive Training Systems podcast with Dr. Mike Israetel and John Kiely.  I highly encourage everyone to listen to the discussion.  This was not a debate, but a conversation between 2 coaches that tend to differ on how they see some things.   The topic … Continue reading Is Periodization Necessary for Strength Sports?

How We Differ from Westside: In Fact We are Quite Different

  Written by: Kevin Cann   I got this idea for an article in a conversation with a lifter that trains out of Westside.  I think people confuse what we do with Westside because we use variation and take heavy singles.  Beyond that, there are not a ton of similarities.   With that said, I … Continue reading How We Differ from Westside: In Fact We are Quite Different

Why Conjugate is Superior to Other Programs

Written by: Kevin Cann   In the USAPL circle of powerlifting it seems that daily undulating periodization (DUP) is what the majority leans towards for their training with some linear and block periodization sprinkled in.  It seems as if speaking the term “conjugate” aloud will result in some punishment.   This is contradictory to the … Continue reading Why Conjugate is Superior to Other Programs