Free educational videos on various topics related to human movement, biomechanics, technique, soft-tissue modalities, cueing, and various other strength/performance-related topics.
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Education Newsletter #4

Welcome to the fourth 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!

We are most focused on diaphragmatic breathing and filling up as much of our trunk as possible. If you are someone who has a locked up rib cage or are missing the normal curvature in your thoracic spine this is a drill you should be performing. The goal of each each breath you take during this drill is to expand your posterior and fill up your upper back.

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Effective scapular movement and quality thoracic mobility are very important in the overhead press. Check out these common faults and how to fix them.

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Have you ever wondered what the research says about casein supplementation? Dive in with Coach Brandon and learn why some research seems to be contradictory and why you should consider supplementing your protein intake with casein (especially if you are dieting).

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Dr. Craig Liebenson has been a long-time friend of Kabuki Strength and has previously been a guest on the show – all the way back on Ep. 34. We’re glad to have him on again today and this is one of those episodes that you don’t want to miss. Dr. Liebenson is also part of our Advisory Board.

In today’s discussion you’ll hear our hosts and Dr. Liebenson discuss:

  • How to manage your passions with your responsibilities
  • Failure, Progress, and why you’ll never be Perfect
  • The Silo: On the dangers of too much data/information
  • The “Fix It” mentality
  • Earning your recovery
  • “The Tyranny of the Clinic”, and why I kicked a doctor out of my clinic and into the gym
  • Online Coaching: Technology, personalization and data collection to improve outcomes
  • The Spine Fusion Disaster

This list doesn’t begin to cover the depth of content covered in this episode. Hope you enjoy!

Dr. LIebenson’s groundbreaking work with Dr. Karl Levit and Dr. Pavel Kolar have heavily influenced our core understanding of spinal health and performance, and is a member of the Kabuki Strength Advisory Board.

Hope you enjoy this episode!

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If you train hard enough and long enough you are bound to experience some sort of ache or pain. When this happens we are faced with an inevitable question "what do I do now". In this special edition of strength chat we decided to sit down and tackle this question with the perspective of an athlete, coach, and therapist.

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Intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) is incredibly important for energy transfer and protection of the spine in loaded movements. In order to generate maximal IAP you need proper breathing mechanics and a rib cage over pelvis position. If you have excessive spinal extension (or flexion) the amount and quality of IAP generated will be far less.

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Coach Kyle @young_strength_165 goes over our popular shoulder complex using the Boomstick by @kabukistrengthlab. This video shows application of active mobilization and re patterning to improve overhead position and shoulder mechanics.

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The hip airplane is one of the most versatile hip mobility exercises in our tool box. Regardless of what specific hip dysfunction you have this is a fantastic global drill that will expose your body to all of the ranges your hip can move through.

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Optimize your bench press with these cues presented by coach Kyle and Brandon. Leg drive is essential in the bench press, but many athletes are not getting nearly as much as they could out of it. This video covers some of the key details behind the concept.

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Most individuals who train with barbells don't get too much exposure to shear load at the knee joint through normal training. However improving shear load tolerance of the knees is a great way to build robustness and strength beyond what normal squat and deadlift training will do.

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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! 


2020 Course Schedule Coming Soon

Advanced Athlete Preperation

Nov 9-10 @ Las Vegas

Kabuki Coaches Certification

Nov 30 @ Portland
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