Training as a Thought Process

Written by: Kevin Cann   I say this a lot, that my training style is a thought process.  We do not just follow a recipe when we are training.  Earlier on in my coaching career we followed a recipe.  I had a structure of the way that the programs went, and we stayed bound to that structure no matter what.   I am not saying that I was wrong for doing that.  In the beginning Read More

Skewed Distribution of Outcomes

  Written by: Kevin Cann   The world is a complex place.  In fact, the theory that attempts to understand the complexity of the world we live in is actually called “complex theory.”  I had read a few books on chaos theory and then found Per Bak’s book titled, “How Nature Works.”   This book I found to be very fascinating.  It explained the concepts of complex theory in a way that was very easy Read More

The Importance of Learning for Yourself

Written by: Kevin Cann   We live in a world where everyone just regurgitates the words of their favorite people.  This is not just with powerlifting, but just everything in general.  Earth is just one giant echo chamber.  No one tries to learn for themselves anymore.  They say they do, but they aren’t.   People say that they are open to hear alternative perceptions to their own.  What this really means is that they are Read More

My Story of Hate

Written by: Kevin Cann   I am going to write about a very difficult topic for me today.  Sometimes you need to stand where you are uncomfortable and put yourself out there to be the change that you want to see in the world.   I have written a few articles this week about my feelings with the current state of this country.  These are not just coming out of nowhere.  I have experience in Read More

We Must Mourn Together

Written by: Kevin Cann   I am sad.  I am sad for the loss of George Floyd.  I am mad.  I am mad that a man was executed by the very people that are employed to protect him.  I am also sad for the deaths of the police officers involved in these riots.  These police officers were not the ones with their knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck.  These officers were the ones attempting to protect Read More

The Other America

  Written by: Kevin Cann   I sent this out to PPS, but I feel more people need to hear it.  It seems inappropriate to really talk about anything else right now with what is going on in the world.  I titled this article after a famous Martin Luther King Jr speech where he discusses the two Americas that he sees.  He sees one filled with prosperity and opportunity and another filled with poverty. I Read More

How to Manage Max Effort Work with Fatigue and Technique Work

Written by: Kevin Cann   A lot of people will shit on max effort work in the powerlifting world.  They will say that it is too hard to recover from, dangerous in terms of injuries, and that technique will suffer.  These situations, although I disagree, I do find that there is some merit to them.   However, with that said, heavy singles are the sport.  At some point you need to actually train the sport. Read More

The PPS Way

Written by: Kevin Cann   I do not think many people understand what it is like to be a member of PPS.  This group is not for everyone, and I am sure as shit not for everyone.  We have had many people come and go over the years that could not handle the dynamic of the group, or myself as a coach.   PPS is much more than just following a training program, or a Read More

Accessory Work

Written by: Kevin Cann   One of the PPS lifters asked a fantastic question last night and I think this is a good topic to discuss today.  He asked about adding in more accessory work.  This being bodybuilding type exercises at the end of a training session.   First, we take a lot of singles.  However, we are not Westside and we differ from them very much.  Our day 1 will be max effort squats, Read More

Prilepin’s Chart and Powerlifting

  Written by: Kevin Cann   I am beginning a Strength School with PPS.  This is an educational/classroom type thing where we will cover all of the basics in strength training and the theory of PPS.  Some do not have access to equipment right now and some have access to very limited pieces of equipment.   It is important that everyone understands the basics of strength training with these limitations.  This is how we make Read More

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