Individualizing Conjugate Based Off of Training Age

Written by: Kevin Cann The Russian System is a long-term athletic development plan that grow with the athlete as they mature throughout their training career.  It starts from the ages of 6-9 where each child will do activities such as gymnastics.  At this stage the sport specific work makes up less than 5% of all total work.   … Continue reading Individualizing Conjugate Based Off of Training Age

7 Years: From Sheiko to Conjugate

Written by: Kevin Cann This marks my 7-year anniversary of coaching powerlifting.  Around this time in 2015 I took a job at a local gym with a strong reputation and culture for strongman and powerlifting.  I had no idea how to really get people strong until I started working here.  I also never realized how much detail goes … Continue reading 7 Years: From Sheiko to Conjugate

Low vs High Bar Placement and Squat Efficiency

Written by; Kevin Cann I want to discuss bar placement on the squat in this quick article because it is not as simple as it may seem in an Instagram post.  The idea of putting the bar lower on our backs is to give the hips greater leverage and it also decreases the thoracic extensors moment … Continue reading Low vs High Bar Placement and Squat Efficiency

Why Bands and Chains are Necessary for Strength Development

Written by: Kevin Cann I have been seeing a lot of posts on social media that highlight the idea that you do not need bands or chains to get strong.  They will point to many people that do not use them that have elite totals in powerlifting as proof.  They will also argue that bands and chains … Continue reading Why Bands and Chains are Necessary for Strength Development

Coach People, Not Lifts

Written by: Kevin Cann This was an important realization for me, to coach the person and not the lifts.  At some point everyone will hit a period of stagnation.  This is inevitable.  The key to overcoming these periods of stagnation is in understanding the person.  Of course, identifying weaknesses and all that is important, but in my experiences, it … Continue reading Coach People, Not Lifts