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Education Newsletter #7

Welcome to the seventh 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!

The success of the conventional deadlift can be made or broken before the bar even leaves the ground. If you find lockouts are "sticking point" or if you have excessive lower back fatigue after deadlifting you should revisit your starting mechanics.

Hinge to the bar with intent, dont rock onto your heels, dont round your lower back to take air in, and learn how to feel tension in your hamstrings.

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Your weak glutes and tight hip flexors are an output of your pelvic tilt, not the cause.

Short and shallow breathing results in reciprocal inhibition of abdominal and low back musculature. This altered ratio of pulling tension forces your psoas to shorten.

Mobilizing hip flexors and activating the glutes wont fix your poor breathing.

What is the appropriate rate of weight gain for athletes? Coach Brandon provides some context to this question. For all athletes, fat gain is something you want to mitigate as much as possible, so we need to figure out an appropriate rate of gain and calorie surplus to go into when looking to gain muscle mass.

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We find that many people create passive tension in their upper backs by bunching up their traps and physically pitching the bar up their back to make it feel more stable and tighter.  More often than not this strategy produces shoulder, elbow, and bicep pain. Learning to effectively organize your back and shoulder girdle will keep your joints feeling good and might help you lift more weight.

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It's easy to overlook the type of row variation you are doing in your training. Back training isn't often looked at through the lense of specificity compared to other exercise groups. There are subtle differences between most back exercises that you should consider whether or not you want the exercise to transfer to your SQ/DL or BP.

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It's important for anyone who bench presses to create global tension through their body. In order to do this you need to learn how to create tension through arching your back. You dont need to have a massive arch to to be successful, but you need enough to allow your legs to properly transfer energy to the bar.

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Coach Kyle and Brandon discuss and demonstrate a variety of drills to manage elbow pain. We typically find that elbow pain is typically an output of movement or positional deficiency, and treating this root cause should be prioritized accordingly.

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Body Tempering® inventor Donnie Thompson and his team are coming to The Lab on January 25 to present a Body Tempering Certification.

Body Tempering is a tool used to accelerate sport activity performance and recovery by combating soft tissue restrictions.


  • Tim O’Neal, PT, DPT, OMT-C, Cert. DN
  • Anthony Lavigne, PT, DPT
  • Josh Jeffery, SPT, CSCS, USAW, CF-L1, FMSC


You will learn:

  • Safety
  • Tempering techniques
  • Methods and Mechanisms
  • Baseline tests
  • Training/Lifting specific protocols
  • Advanced clinical techniques
  • Exposure to different types of Body Tempering® tools; experience using them
  • History of Body Tempering®
  • Learn how Body Tempering® is being used in the NFL, at Powerlifting competitions, in Physical Therapy clinics, in Chiropractor clinics

Also Included:

  • Comprehensive Body Tempering® manual
  • Post nominal letters: BT-C
  • Registration on National Body Tempering® Professionals Directory*
  • Inclusion in private Body Tempering® forum
  • Discount codes from some of the device manufacturers
  • Instruction from Doctors of Physical Therapy
  • *Upon completion of certification exam



[Article Excerpt] Whether you’ve been following our content for years or you’re just starting to dive in, you’ve likely noticed we start many of our corrective strategies with bracing and spinal mechanics. We don’t do this to over simplify the process but, because so often the dysfunction or issue in question is driven by poor spinal mechanics. Bracing is a logical place to go for people with back pain or other issues directly related to their spine, but it’ll also explain some ways in which spinal mechanics influence the mechanics of distal joints, like hips and shoulders.

It’s worth outlining what we’re even talking about with regards to either bracing or spinal mechanics and put some context to it.  In many cases, this article will be directed towards powerlifters or other sagittal plane athletes but can applied broadly to other types of athletes as well depending on the situation....

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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.

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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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