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Education Newsletter #12

Welcome to the twelfth 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.  

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Learning to integrate breathing into bracing can be very challenging. Instead of being at a 100% brace like you would be for a 1RM you need to learn to have more rhythmic during lower intensity longer duration exercise. Exercises such as wall balls, loaded carry, or even 70-80% high rep barbell training require you to be more rhythmic in your breathing and bracing without losing trunk position.

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Goal setting is talked about very often yet doing so for training blocks disappointingly is rarely discussed. Coach Brandon breaks down how to set goals for training blocks in a SMART fashion. When looking to set goals for strength training short term (2-6 months) long term (8-12 months) and grand (years) all should be written down using the SMART guideline along with training block goals described in this video.

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Let us support your journey even if you aren’t a current Kabuki athlete. We know the hardest task for a strength athlete is to be objective and make purposeful decisions for their training. Book a FREE call to get a kick in the right direction or talk to our team about how we can help you achieve your goals.

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The Turkish Getup [TGU] combines strength training, conditioning, as well as skill development for awareness/control of specific positions and improvement in stabilization and function via neurological resets (e.g. corrective exercises) in those positions. Unfortunately, combining all of that in one movement nets an exercise that isn’t really efficient at any one of these except burning some calories. If you enjoy them, keep doing them as it does elicit some of these effects. But if you want to focus on the latter two - skill in key positions and neurological improvements of function and stabilization of joint positions - then I recommend focusing on deconstructed elements of the Turkish Getup as we continue this 3 part series!
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Another fantastic, in-depth article by Kabuki contributor Daniel DeBrocke. Over 7000 words long with 80+ references, this is about a 40 minute read that can extend well into hours of reading if you head down the citation rabbit hole! Swipe up in story.

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Improving your breathing doesnt need to be complicated but drills can be challenging until you feel the "ah-ha" moment. In this video we show you three of our go to breathing drills to pull you out of a pelvic tilt and improve your normal breathing patterns.

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Improving your back squat bar position requires thoracic mobility, scapular retraction, and shoulder external rotation. Tackling each of these with a specific drill is a good start but eventually you'll need to put it together in a complete movement. This drill incorporates all of the above but in an actual squat pattern.
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Coach @kyle_kabuki goes through Part 1 of a 3 part comprehensive series on Foot Dysfunction. In this video he walks us through over a dozen movements, stretches, or techniques you can use yourself to work through various foot/ankle issues. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 where we will cover soft tissue techniques you can do yourself as well as a more clinical or partner-assisted approach.

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To maximize your intra-abdominal pressure you need to not only press out through the abs and lower back but also horizontally through the obliques. It's very common for individuals to struggle with horizontal expansion and more often than not one oblique has better expansion than the other.

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Diaphragmatic breathing is important as a foundation for bracing and the ability to generate intra-abdominal pressure. In our experience the hardest thing for most individuals to learn is lumbar expansion when generating IAP.

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Everyone knows how important the glutes are and there are infinite ways to train them. Common training practices include dynamic hip extension and rotation but less common are static exercises. Static glute training is a great way to learn to stabilize your pelvis and work to improve the connection from your feet to hips.

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Coach Brandon discusses some tricks to achieving calorie targets in the pursuit of body composition change. Through calorie density, fullness factor, and the actual process of food we can make smarter food choices to make achieving a calorie surplus or deficit much easier.

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NEW: We are proud to announce the addition of Dr. Phillip Snell, Victoria Felkar, and Dr. Anthony Miniaci to the Kabuki Strength Advisory Board. Welcome, we are honored to have you!

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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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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Upcoming Courses

All of us here at Kabuki Strength love the sport of powerlifting and want to see it continue growing.  We believe the discipline and pursuit of a competitive goal is one of the best things a strength athlete or lifter can do for their long-term success, regardless of experience level.

As a way to encourage participation in competition and to promote the benefits of a dynamic, goal-centered relationship between coach and athlete - we're offering any new or existing Virtual Coaching client who completes both of the following two requirements a FREE Kabuki Strength Bar of their choice:

1. Register for and compete in an approved regional, national, or world-level competition during the course of your coaching with Kabuki Strength.

2. Complete at least 6 continuous months of Weekly Virtual Coaching with Kabuki Strength.

Qualifying meets are determined based on a minimum lifter threshold and the current list can be found below. If you think a qualifying meet is missing from this list, please email coaching@kabukistrength.com

* Limit of 1x free barbell per athlete, shipping not included. Valid only with Weekly Virtual Coaching service after 6x full billing cycles. Both requirements must be met.

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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. 

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