There Will Never Be Another Ed Coan


By Ben York

They said it was impossible.

The human body simply wasn’t capable.

In fact, legend says people had tried – and failed – for thousands of years.


In 1954, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier. Just a year later, someone else broke it.

Then another … and another … and another …

Now, running a four-minute mile is nothing new.

The same could be said for the greatest powerlifter of all-time, Ed Coan.

Someone of his size – 5-6, 220 pounds – shouldn’t be able to push or pull that much weight.

It’s not possible. Can’t happen.

But it did.

During his fabled career, Coan set over 70 world records and became the lightest person to surpass the 2,400-pound plateau – and he wasn’t even in the heaviest weight class.

Impossible? Bullshit.

Coan’s brilliance has always been directly correlated with his simplicity: just get better.

On the surface, his unwavering creed is humble and rather modest. (Ironically, that’s precisely how one could describe Coan the man). However, Coan’s definition of “better” is vastly different than most everyone else’s.

His “better” is working his ass off on a daily basis, constantly pushing himself to the limit. His “better” is meticulously planning each training session or cycle. His “better” has yielded time-tested and proven results – and universal respect.  

The truth is, though, we can all adopt Coan’s philosophy in life.


Stop trying. Just … do.

Coan says that “trying” is the biggest lie you can tell yourself. Don’t try; do it. Don’t try to push 500 pounds; do it. Don’t try and pull 1,000; do it.

Coan’s APEMAN mindset is no different than Roger Bannister’s. They both refused to accept the lies they were told, and the lies we often tell ourselves. They actively visualized a goal, and achieved it.

There was no other option.

In today’s world, it’s easy to do just enough. You push yourself and work hard, sure, but deep down you know you have more to give.

From an early age, Coan understood that in order to get better, not only would he have to face his fears, he’d have to punch them square in the mouth (metaphorically speaking).

That’s what makes Coan the G.O.A.T.

He knew how to harness the energy and doubts we all have, and turn them into assets. Didn’t matter how small he was, or that everyone told him he couldn’t.

He’d tap into his proverbial “rage” tree and make that shit happen.

Everyone – no matter your circumstance, size or situation – has the ability to do the exact same thing.

It’s the APEMAN within us.