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Newsletter #53

An important consideration when purchasing a barbell is it’s hardness and durability. Although the knurl is commonly through of as the primary interface between a human and the bar, it’s also the interface between the bar and say, a metal rack.

Almost all barbells experience knurl wear due to friction from rack uprights. You’ll notice this on the bar in the far right picture, but not on our power bar on the left and center. Our 20kg Power Bar and 25kg Squat Bar are hardened to 250k PSI (51 Rockwell) and are unaffected by the common metal-on-metal friction a power bar typically experiences.

Although the rack uprights may experience wear due to the higher hardness of our bars, this has no effect on their function and in our facility we’ve never had to replace a single upright due to wear.

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The Kadillac Bar is quickly finding its way into training facilities around the world and cementing itself as an incredible tool for athletic populations and lifters alike. Big thanks to Dr. Kelly Starrett for taking the time to make this video and take our audience through the primary features, benefits, and uses of our newest specialty barbell.


  • Cambered the same angle as the Duffalo Bar for increased range of motion.
  • Machined Sleeves allow the use of regular barbell collars and include our signature end caps.
  • 10°, 12.5°, and 15° grip angles promote optimal, stacked joint position and improve movement mechanics.
  • Useable in both standard and reverse grip positions.
  • Plated sleeves and powder-coated center for durability and corrosion resistance.
  • Removable sleeves to reduce shipping cost.
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You may have noticed that we have a minor obsession with feet and the human-to-ground interface here at Kabuki Strength, and today's guest is an expert in the field! Dr. Ray McClanahan is a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon, who today runs his own practice - NW Foot and Ankle - right here in our hometown Portland, Oregon. For those not familiar, podiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the foot, ankle, and related structure of the leg. The good doctor is also the inventor of CorrectToes, which are anatomical toe spacers designed to be worn either barefoot or inside footwear - and here's the important part - while being active.

Dr. Ray has loads of clinical experience dealing with foot/ankle issues and provides us with valuable insight into his views on barefoot training, the foot-to-ground connection, rooting during loaded movement, issues with footwear, and other nuanced topics of the sort. Our hosts had a great time bouncing concepts/ideas off the mind of an incredibly talented MD like Dr. Ray.

We hope you enjoy!

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There are many of you who subscribe to us here via our newsletter but are not following us on our social media platforms! Our Kabuki Education instagram account (@kabuki_virtualcoaching) features a new video almost every day on various topics related to human movement, technique, soft-tissue modalities, cueing, and various other strength/performance-related topics.

This account is a fantastic resource for those looking to continously learn and improve in their quality of movement and strength or athletic endeavors. 

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A reminder to all our Europe friends and followers that thanks to our partnership with Kustom Kit Gym Equipment in the UK, we are able to offer affordable shipping to EU countries on the Shoulderök, Boomstick, PainPill, and Baby Boomer! KustomKit manufactures these products to our specification at their facility in the UK🇬🇧. Make sure to give them a follow and check out some of the other cool kit they offer!

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Back by popular request, but in a smaller capacity! These are Blender Bottle“Radian” 26oz double-wall insulated shakers/bottles and feature our Kabuki Barbell branding showing through to the stainless steel.

  • Double-wall vacuum insulated BlenderBottle, for mixing supplements and smoothies, keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours
  • Features a 316 surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall Whisk that mixes when the bottle is shaken, for smooth shakes in seconds
  • 26-ounce capacity (markings go to 18oz/530ml) and a wide mouth offers plenty of room for supplements, meal replacements, or water
  • Screw-On Lid + Twist-on cap with center-mounted spout seals with a quarter-turn and is backed by a Leak-Proof Guarantee
  • Made from high-quality BPA and phthalate-free materials; hand wash cup, dishwasher-safe lid; Stain & Odor Resistant
  • Detachable Carry Loop
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For those who aren't familiar, all of our educational content is available in an indexed, searchable video library! 

This includes all the free content you see us post on Instagram or YouTube, as well as hundreds of private videos on various topics related to human movement, strength training, technique, cueing, IASTM and soft-tissue modalities, and more! Videos can be saved to a custom playlist, as well as "cast" via AirPlay or Chromecast. 

A subscription to the video library costs $10.99 per month, or $99.99 per year. 

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The Transformer Bar

Over the last 2 years, the Transformer Bar has become a staple barbell in serious gyms, weightrooms, and clinics around the world.

Photo of @jessiczka_z by @nicksenam 


  • Industry-first adjustable, multi-functional barbell allowing for 48 different positional variations
  • Athlete engineered, research-based, and endorsed by industry leaders like Dr. Kelly Starrett, Dr. Stuart McGill, Eric Cressey, and the Kabuki Strength Advisory Board
  • Includes simple, easy-to-use laminated guide highlighting common positions.
  • Used by top collegiate and professional sports organizations
  • Manufactured in the United States at Kabuki Strength Lab in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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Yesterday Coach Kyle and Coach Brandon spent much of the day working with a family who came down to The Lab for In-Person Consultations purchased as a birthday present for the kids, who are also athletes and getting into strength training! @rodneymendesyyc thanks so much for coming down to The Lab and hanging out with us all day! Good work @domo.mendes, @niobmendes, and company! You guys understand the importance of movement quality and investing in yourselves early on like this will pay dividends in your athletic careers and life!

We have a full in-house coaching staff and offer In-Person Consultations at the Lab for athletic and non-athletic populations alike. Check out the links below to learn more and sign up.

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The Eagle and The Dragon

For those who don’t know, Kabuki Strength co-founder Chris Duffin recently published his first book, The Eagle and The Dragon!

The book is a memoir of Chris’ upbringing and life philosophy, but towards the end it also highlights our company’s founding and core pillars. Available on Amazon in all formats. Signed hardcover and paperback copies are available on the Kabuki Strength online store. 

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