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Education Newsletter #2

Welcome to the second edition of the Kabuki Education newsletter! This email contains free educational content we've posted across our various platforms in the past week or two. Click each image or "Watch Video" button to load the full video.  

Important Note: There's so much good stuff in this email that you may have to click "View Entire Message" when you get to the bottom of the email to view it all!

Do you over rely on air in your bracing strategy? Something we'll often see when people prepare to lift is a large breath characterized by excessive elevation of their shoulders or the bar, followed by a loss of ribcage-over-pelvis positioning. From here, it is going to be difficult to reclaim the same tension and stacked, neutral spinal position. We often skip things like the "big air" cue for this reason and want to focus on actively pulling the air into our lower abdomen, obliques, and lower back. 

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We're often asked when the best time to do some of the drills we teach are. We first need to figure out if the drill or exercise is intended for motor development or strength.

Motor development drills should be done prior to training whereas strength drills should be done during or after the training session.

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Spend less time in a calorie deficit and accomplish better results?! Coach Brandon discussing the physiological benefits of diet breaks and showing their validity through a recent study.

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Today's guest on Strength Chat is Ben Esgro, founder of DeNovo Nutrition and an expert in all things supplementation, nutrition, and the science behind it all. He is a Registered Dietitian and did his graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Sports Nutrition. 

In today's show we discuss Ben's philosophy behind supplementation and his approach to starting a different type of supplement company in an industry often seen as tainted (literally) by fallacious claims, misunderstood science, and unethical business practices. 

Ben and the hosts talk about the current state of the industry and the problems/consequences seen as a result of its rapid growth and loose (often non-existent) regulations. He makes recommendations for athletes on how to approach supplementation, what to look for in a brand, and how to research ingredients, effective dosages, and the pharmacology behind the chemicals we put into our bodies.

This is an excellent episode for those interested in supplements and understanding more about what goes on behind the scenes in the industry, so as to have the knowledge and be able to make informed decisions about a topic that directly affects health and performance.

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When it comes to creating tension in the bench setup, people often talk about retraction. In order to better control the scapula and the humerus, we need both retraction AND depression of the scapula. Today we go over an RNT drill that gives the athlete resistance to work against in training scapular depression.

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Coach Kyle discusses and demonstrates several soft tissue techniques on the anterior and lateral musculature of the lower leg.

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Click here to watch Part 1 "Our Take on the Round Back Deadlift"

Do round-back deadlifts allow you to push your hips closer to the bar? Watch and find out!

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The split squat is one of the most popular exercises to improve quad development and hip mobility. You might not be reaping the full benefits of the split squat if you slip into the 3 faults we detail in the video. We'll also show you how to progress the split squat without just adding external load.

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How much weight can you cut without implications of poor performance? Brandon reviews a mass study and goes over additional factors that make weight cutting effortless. Avoid the long hours in the sauna by implementing these strategies.

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The lower leg is often overlooked when it comes to squatting mechanics. The foot, ankle, and hips get a ton of attention (and rightfully so) but, the lower leg can be a major contributor to hip shift problems and ankle mobility. Check out this video to learn why tibial rotation is important and how to improve it with an awesome drill we learned from our friends at Acumobility.

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Click the image above to watch this video for an overview of our flagship and most popular Virtual Coaching service. Weekly Virtual Coaching includes comprehensive assessment and engagement to promote the best possible coach/athlete relationship. Our team has spent years building systems and processes to help optimize and provide the best possible feedback and direction forward week to week using various methods of autoregulation, frequent feedback, and video analysis. We view this coaching as a long-term athletic development process, not just a 12-week program to peak you for a meet. This means we’re devoted to the holistic picture of helping you to improve in the direction of your specific goals and approaching them from all possible angles to help you to the greatest degree possible.

Something that sets us apart from other coaching services is that we are exactly that, a coaching service. This is not a template or even just an individual program. Our goal is long-term development of the individual and we try to cover all the bases for that as it relates to training. In addition to receiving an updated training program weekly, you will also be given a movement plan at the beginning and as needed later which gives technical cues to work on based on video analysis, and corrective drills to begin to address faults in technique. This helps us ensure we’re developing movement quality in conjunction with other athletic qualities to help optimize not only your performance but also longevity.

Remote coaching has some unique obstacles not present during tradition in-person coaching. Most challenges revolve around communication which is why we’ve created systems to manage multiple communicatory paths. We combine the objective information provided in your training log with the subjective information provided in your weekly check-ins to decide what needs updated and ultimately to determine how effective the training is. Ultimately, once you become part of the Kabuki Strength Team you become the most important person to us. Your goals become our goals and we only have your best interest in mind.

If you'd like to learn more, sign-up for a free strategy call with a coach at the "Learn More" button below.

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As an organization, Kabuki Strength stands humbly at the intersection of two eternal virtues, experience and knowledge. From the very beginning, one of our core, foundational tenants has been education. It is this never-ending pursuit, application, and expression of knowledge that is central to our mission of making the world a better place through strength.

Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to work with and receive mentorship from some of the brightest minds in the industry. These incredible researchers, educators, coaches, and clinicians are the ones weaving the fabric of our collective understanding of how the body works, how to strengthen it, and how to fix it when it breaks. They spend much of their time in the clinic, on the field, in the lab, or in the classroom; working relentlessly to push us one step further.

We’ve found that of the greatest challenges facing our community is the disconnect between the pursuit of knowledge and its mainstream application. In an industry influenced by dogma and the incessant search for instant results we often lose sight of the men and women who build our foundation of knowledge. For them, recognition is scarce and in today’s day and age popularity often determines the success of an idea or person, rather than efficacy or truth.

We want to change this.

We are committed to sharing our platform and working with the clinical, academic, and strength & conditioning communities to teach, coach, and equip more and more people with the tools and knowledge needed to better themselves. If you listen to our Strength Chat podcast, you will have heard many of these incredible men and women tell their story and share wisdom.

Today, we are proud to announce and introduce a new initiative towards this goal – the Kabuki Strength Advisory Board. We are honored that these world-class individuals would lend us their time, their knowledge, and their name in our pursuit of making the world a better place through strength. 

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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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Upcoming Courses

The Kabuki Movement System is a curriculum of clinically-backed courses covering a wide range of interconnected topics around human movement, biomechanics, strength, and athletic development.  At a typical course, our coaching staff works with groups of up to 60 individuals in a lecture-workshop format, alternating between in-depth learning, hands-on floor work, and practical application in the gym. 

We currently teach three courses – Principles of Loaded Movement, Advanced Athlete Preparation, and our capstone Coaches Certification held at Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland, Oregon at the end of the year. Over the last 3 years, hundreds of athletes, trainers, coaches, clinicians, and regular gym-goers have invested in themselves and their clients by attending one of our seminars around the country. We invite you to join us at one of the 3 courses remaining in this calendar year, plus our capstone Coaches Certification taking place at The Lab on Nov 30 - Dec 2. Hope to see you there! 


Principles of Loaded Movement

Oct 5-6 @ San Francisco

Advanced Athlete Preperation

Nov 9-10 @ Las Vegas

Kabuki Coaches Certification

Nov 30 @ Portland
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