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 read on average about a book per week.  These books vary in their topics and range from social theories, economics, coaching Read More

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 with Boris Sheiko, he had laid out his system for his lifters.  The only real difference between level of lifter would Read More

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 that has always interested me.  It is probably another reason why I was so drawn to Sheiko when I hired him Read More

What Is The Best Bench Press Grip Width For You

09/03/2020 Arian Khamesi 0

What grip width should you use when benching? What’s the difference between a close, moderate, and wide grip bench? This video goes over how I define a close, moderate, and wide grip bench press, the key overall points with any grip width, how to change your competition grip over time, and how to program assistance exercises and accessory work when changing your grip width. And if you want to hear me discuss the best bench Read More

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” which interviewed Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, they discussed this.  These coaches are the two most successful coaches in the history Read More

How the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is Structured

08/30/2020 Arian Khamesi 0

This video goes over how the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is structured. There are a number of national Powerlifting federations out there and some of them are also part of regional federations and international federations. In this video, I go over how the IPF is structured as newer lifters are typically confused on the matter. For example, if you live in the US, then your regional federation would be the North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) Read More

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 than anything else. I honestly believe that if we could do more singles in training, we could yield better results.  I Read More

USAPL In Competition Drug Testing Procedures

08/24/2020 Arian Khamesi 0

This video goes over the in-competition drug testing procedures for USA Powerlifting (USAPL). There are slight differences in the drug testing process for in competition and out of competition. In addition, there are differences with the process at local, national, and international levels. So I focused this video on local level in-competition testing. In the video, I go over, ⚛How many athletes get tested ⚛Why are certain athletes tested ⚛When are the athletes selected ⚛How Read More

How To Do Romanian Deadlifts vs Stiff Leg Deadlifts

08/20/2020 Arian Khamesi 0

Your ROM Should Match YOU!⁣While you must meet an arbitrary range of motion (ROM) in a Powerlifting competition, you don’t have to use a set ROM for your non-competition exercises in training. Just because you see someone else go through a certain ROM, doesn’t mean you need to match it. Your ROM should match you and what you’re capable of. This holds true for both the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) and the Stiff Leg Deadlift (SLDL). Read More

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