Free educational videos on various topics related to human movement, biomechanics, technique, soft-tissue modalities, cueing, and various other strength/performance-related topics.
 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
Can't see this email? View in Your Browser

Education Newsletter #9

Welcome to the ninth edition of the Kabuki Education newsletter! This email contains free educational content on human movement, biomechanics, technique, soft-tissue modalities, cueing, and various other strength/performance-related topics. 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!

Excellent rooting test by @mad_scientist_duffin filmed on his trip down to visit @marksmellybell at SuperTraining Gym. Chris Duffin  is back again with another #tipsythursday on how to dial in your skwaat! Use this simple test to make sure you’re getting in the perfect position to maximize your skwaat gains!

Watch Video

Cold immersion therapy has been a common recovery tool for many years. However, many who reach for this type of technique usually don't understand the mechanisms that make it effective. Cold immersion will reduce pain and inflammation but it will also blunt protein synthesis. Knowing when to use this technique is very important to maintain the integrity of your training outcome.

Watch Video

TL;DR velocity could replace preplanning # of sets in your program. 

Training induced fatigue is the one variable all strength athletes try to manage either directly or indirectly. If you've ever written a program with pre-planned sets/reps at "×" intensity you've indirectly guessed how much fatigue you can tolerate with consideration to the rest of your training week.

This type of planning has many benefits including providing structure for your program and a base to build progress from. One of the obstacles of forecasting fatigue is the difficulty of accounting for the many sources that contribute to your total fatigue accumulation.

Velocity based training might allow you to avoid guessing and forecasting. By replacing normal % work with velocity we can determine (in real time) our training load based on preparedness during that session. We can also replace the number of sets you pre-plan with a velocity quality threshold.

A velocity quality threshold objectively quantifies how much fatigue you've accumulated within a single set. Based on the % drop in velocity from your target set you can determine and quantify exactly how much fatigue you've accumulated. With this information you could eliminate # of sets completely and replace it with % velocity drop. Instead if shooting for 5 squats sets in a session you could shoot for 20% fatigue accumulation.

Original Post
Cited Research

This video describes the way Coach Brandon @bmorg33 has worked to improve his gut health along with his clients for a great benefit to immunity, inflammation, and overall body function.

Watch Video

Striving to maintain a stable and neutral spine in loaded movement is probably a good investment for your health and performance.

No you wont die if you fall out of perfect neutral and in fact neutral is a range, not a finite position.

Green is what we strive for but healthy individuals training on either side in the yellow is perfectly fine.

Red could become problamatic if too much of your training time is spent there but touching red from time to time probably wont hurt you as long as you are healthy.

If you have a history of back problems or other pain you think could be caused by spinal instability you should complete the majority of your training in the green. For everyone else hanging out in yellow or touching red probably wont cause too many problems.

The biggest consideration we make is avoiding dynamic changes of the spine under load. Once we stabilize the range we are set in we want to minimize any excessive movement. 

Original Post

NEW: Make sure to signup for our Seminar Early Access Discount Program in order to:
  1. Reserve your seat at a course
  2. Receive a limited-time registration discount code
  3. Get additional course information and content emailed to you. 

We look forward to seeing you at one of our 2020 courses! 

Course Schedule

This little muscle can have a pretty big impact across the upper body. It’s responsible for depression of the clavicle and elevation of the 1st rib. But can affect nerve issues such as thoracic outlet syndrome as well as inhibition of the trap and pain in anterior delt, bicep, and lateral forearm.... to list a few things.

Watch Video

We often think of IAP as a purely maximal exertive activity (think 1RM squat). IAP however is actually a continuum of respiration and stabilization. This relationship is best represented in a dial where respiration and stability are balanced for a specific activity.

All physical activities have an optimal setting. Respiration demands are very high when we run and much lower in a 1RM squat. Both require stability but inverse to their respiration demand.

Improving your ability to select and coordinate the correct dial setting is the key for fluid movement and higher performance in any activity.

Original Post

We are now accepting applicants for a Coaching position with Kabuki Strength. This is a full-time, salaried position and the chosen candidate must relocate to Portland, Oregon to work alongside our professional team of experienced and skilled coaches/educators at @kabukistrengthlab. Coaches on our current staff have experience in strength sports, nutrition, martial arts, massage therapy, physical therapy, and collegiate sports. We will be adding to our growing team and are interested in candidates who share some of the current expertise of our staff but, who can also add new skills and areas of expertise to our team. Candidates who have professional experience writing strength training programs, correcting movement patterns, writing nutrition plans and experience public speaking will likely be top candidates. Other ideal qualities are individuals who work well in a team environment, can be a self-starter, and have experience in Microsoft Excel. We will be looking to hire a new coach around the beginning of March.

Please send resumes to with the subject line “Application for Strength Coach” and in the email answer the two questions below.

  1. Why are you interested in our company?
  2. What value will you bring to our coaching staff?

Dosing, sourcing, and benefits. Coach Brandon discusses the details behind omega 3 supplementation covering recently conducted meta analysis and studies showing some lesser known benefits to this great supplement!

Watch Video

Our cornerstone Principles of Loaded Movement course is an interactive, in-person continuing education course through which attendees will develop mastery around the core barbell lifts and foundational human movement. We invite you to join the over 1000 individuals who have attended Kabuki Strength courses over the last 4 years by signing up for one of our upcoming courses spread throughout the US and Canada.

Together with other athletes, coaches, and clinicians – you will spend 16 hours over 2 days in a hybrid lecture-workshop format learning from and working hands-on with an experienced group of Kabuki Strength coaches. Outside of our public events; our skilled educators regularly present this curriculum to professional and collegiate strength & conditioning staff, as well as at professional conferences and events. Attendees from all professions and sports – and with differing goals - find incredible value in developing strength, resilience to injury, and gaining a better understanding of their own physiology and individual mechanics as it relates to movement.

You will be introduced and take a deep dive into our principle-based movement system as well as cover higher level physiology and biomechanics from a clinical, research-based perspective. Topics covered include spinal mechanics, breathing and bracing, foot strength and ankle mobility, and principles behind the complex relationships of hip, spine, and shoulder function.

Each lecture section is followed up with a corresponding breakout session that will have you working with a coach in a collaborative small group setting. Attendees will take the role of both demonstrating, assessing, and coaching correctives and drills – all under the watchful eyes of a Kabuki Strength coach.

After a short review, the second day of the course involves short lectures and demonstration of practical applications to barbell training after which attendees will individually squat, bench press, and deadlift. This practicum typically results in many “aha” moments of clarity for lifters who quickly develop self-awareness of their previous movement faults as well as an understanding of why those faults existed and how to
overcome them. It’s not uncommon for attendees during this second day to hit personal bests or lift pain-free after years of frustration and no progress.

Our mission for this course is to provide you with the education and tools necessary to achieve your goals – whether you are an athlete, coach, clinician, or simply curious to learn and grown in your knowledge and abilities. Correct, safe movement is foundational to our function not just as athletes, but human beings.

Watch Course Overview Video
Upcoming Courses

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.

Sign Up for Virtual Coaching
Free Strategy Call

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. 

Read Member Bios

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. 

Learn More
No longer want to receive these emails? Unsubscribe.
Kabuki Strength 9570 Se Lawnfield Rd. Clackamas, OR 97015