How History Was Used to Improve Our Programs

Written by: Kevin Cann Anders Ericcson was the researcher who came up with the idea of deliberate practice for skill development.  In his book he gave a quote tat stated, “Greatness is achieved by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  This was in relation to him saying that developing high level skill begins with seeing what the other high performers are doing. In the current climate of powerlifting, coaches and athletes seem to have missed this step.  There Read More

Training Frequency

Written by: Kevin Cann I have seen a lot of posts recently discussing training frequency.  I posted a video on the Precision Powerlifting YouTube page discussing what makes a quality coach.  I discussed the importance of formal education in this field and experience as an athlete. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but as I witness more and more of what occurs on the internet with “coaches” the more I believe the exceptions are few Read More

How and When to Progress Training

Written by: Kevin Cann We all know that progressive overload is necessary to force adaptations.  However, this does not mean that every week we need to add something to training in order to drive progress.  I think in many cases that is nothing more than the coach becoming nervous about the lifter developing and rushing things a bit. Arkady Vorobyov was a 3-time Olympic medalist and sport scientist from Russia.  He found that mixing training with high, medium, Read More

Knowledge vs Wisdom

Written by: Kevin Cann I am going to begin this article by telling a story that is titled “A Cup of Tea.”  An important man traveled far to seek out the guidance of a Zen master.  This Zen master was said to be the best of all of the Zen masters.  People would seek him out from far and wide for guidance. This important man meets with the Zen master and tells him that he is there for Read More

You Can’t Do It All

Written by: Kevin Cann My daughter is a big fan of the Marvel movies.  We were watching the original Spiderman movies recently and in one of these moves, Spiderman is so stressed with work, school, and his duties as a superhero that he loses his powers. This made me think quite a bit about powerlifting.  The first couple of years can lead to you feeling invincible as your numbers just continue to climb.  These beginner gains can really Read More

Long Term Planning in Powerlifting

Written by: Kevin Cann This is a topic that I have gone back and forth a lot about over the years.  I started out with believing it was important, then it wasn’t, and now all of these years later we are back to understanding its importance. There is a difference between intellectual knowledge and experiential knowledge.  Intellectual knowledge comes from reading books.  All through undergrad and graduate school I learned about the importance of long term planning in Read More

Values Cannot be Given, They Need to be Discovered

Written by: Kevin Cann This article will go along with the video that I posted on the Precision Powerlifting YouTube channel.  The video was titled “The Program is a Language to Communicate with the Lifter.”  I wanted to highlight one part of that video because I think that it is so important for coaches to understand. As coaches I feel that we are often attempting to force our values and ideals onto our lifters.  We have in our Read More

Patience with Urgency

Written by: Kevin Cann John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach once said, “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”  This quote was to teach certain skills to his basketball players.  You need to be quick to beat your opponent, but the second you begin to hurry mistakes are made.  This applies to powerlifting also. Powerlifting is a sport where slow incremental progress becomes inevitable after the initial beginner gains.  I think many people get fooled here because they believe beginner Read More

Training is as Simple as Finding and Attacking Weaknesses

Written by: Kevin Cann As coaches I think we get stuck in our own heads sometimes about how to write the best program in the fucking world.  I know I can speak of my younger self in this regard.  Being so in tune to the program did eventually lead me to learn quite a bit about the training process when I took a larger view of the human in front of me.  It is how I came up Read More

2021 USA Powerlifting Soul Open – Meet Info

07/28/2021 Arian Khamesi 0

In this VIDEO, I break down all the meet information regarding the 2021 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Soul Open (FL-2021-20) that I’ll be running. You can find the entry form at the following link. https://liftingcast.com/meets/ms21agsuds3i/registration The event will take place on December 18th at CrossFit Soul. CrossFit Soul 8354 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33155 Tentative ScheduleSaturday, December 18th, 2021: Session 1 7 AM – 8:30 AM – Weigh-in for all Women & Men up to Read More

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