Learning to Hunt

Written by: Kevin Cann I have been involved in competitive sports for 32 years now.  There has been a value system that has been embedded in me from all of these experiences.  I have learned that we can only control what we can control, and this is our attitude and our efforts.  Whether we were successful or unsuccessful on the previous attempt, we need to do the same thing moving forward.  We need to refocus our attitude and efforts Read More

The Effects Of Stress On Progress In Powerlifting

10/01/2020 Arian Khamesi 0

This video goes over a user-submitted topic on the central nervous system. In the world of Powerlifting, many lifters are worried about “overtraining” or “frying their CNS”. So, in the video, I go over the idea of stress and how there are so many variables that can affect your recovery rate and rate of progress. During the video, I bring up an article by Greg Nuckols on Stronger By Science that goes over a study Read More

USA Powerlifting Teams with United Through Sports

10/01/2020 USA Powerlifting 0

USA Powerlifting would like to invite all members ages 8-18 to participate in the United Through Sports (UTS) Virtual Youth Festival. UTS is an international non-profit organization working to help kids from disadvantaged backgrounds through sports. UTS is in allegiance with the IOC, Sports Accord and AIMS. The Virtual Youth Festival (VYF) encourages kids to participate in international sport in a time that our entire world is facing a pandemic. We have all seen first Read More

Specificity of Force Production

Written by: Kevin Cann I am currently doing a series for my Patreon channel about the general principles of training.  Specificity is of course a general principle that all coaches need to apply.  You can’t play tennis and expect to have a bigger total. I think that many coaches and lifters actually miss the mark on specificity in their training.  Seems like the majority views specificity of the movement as the primary driver, and others seem to argue Read More

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

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