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This article was written by Chris Duffin, Co-Owner and Chief Engineer at Kabuki Strength Let’s start by clarifying that this article is nothing more than a summary of my thoughts based on personal observation, coaching, and discussions with clinicians and professors over the years.  It is not summary of research or definitive fact, albeit from an anecdotal aspect I can consistently drive positive change when fine tuning based on the principles in this piece.Over the years I have observed a direct relationship between deep Neck flexors and quality of bracing and output of force production.  This relationship can be affected by a number of variables and isn’t one simple variable.  There is not one cue or position that will increase your force production or improve bracing quality, nor one sign that will let you know there is a potential problem or opportunity in addressing this area.  However, there is a set of overarching principles I have developed that will make it easy to understand and manage.  It may also explain why certain positions work for some people that don’t normally make sense, or some odd cues and even tools that we see are effective.What’s interesting to note is that at the embryotic state the deep neck flexors are attached to the diaphragm.  Digesting that may help explain why issues in this area or the control of the spinal position at the thoracic outlet are tied so deeply to bracing (use of the diaphragm) and neural output.  Many are aware of the ramifications of all the nerve outputs through the thoracic outlet,  but what I’m diving into isn’t major dysfunction but more subtle changes.  The areas that we are going to explore and fine tune to elicit change are around Over Active Deep Neck Flexors, Shoulder Position, Neutrality & Control of spine...

In this guided solution series we work through a common squat issue - hips rising too quickly. Watch these videos in order, and make sure to watch all of them! Each video has a description below it.In this video we dive into the sublety of rooting and how that effects ankle function. You can't have a strong foot without a properly functioning ankle. If the knees out cue isn't working for you during the squat, try thiniking about stacking your ankles. The banded ankle stack is a drill we've implemented to reinforce ankle strength and foot function. This drill brings "stack the ankle" cue to life and gives the individual external feedback to reinforce their position. Try adding this cue in as a substitute or along side your normal hip circle work. If you haven't seen our "stack the ankle" video yet, be sure to search it on Youtube and Kabuki.ms If you have trouble with your hips shifting in the squat or want to challenge your unilateral stability, this drill will be very useful. Knee extension bias squats can be applied to any squatting movement. If you want to get more work out of your quads, or improve knee tracking give this a shot. Many common errors may be avoided simply by hitting the bottom position of a squat better. This video describes how to maintain tension as you reach the lowest position in your squat. Playing off the 'keeping tension in the bottom position of a squat' video, this video describes how to reverse a squat from the bottom position. This video dives into the nuance of scapular depression vs retraction in the squat. Improper scapular tension may lead to many other faults during the squat....

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or simply listen to it on this page using the media player above!!The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.Today our hosts sit down with Joe Szymanek, an accomplished coach, athlete, and most recently author! Although he has many credentials to his name, and has competed in a high-level in both CrossFit and weightlifting - it's clear immediately that Joe is just as passionate about introducing little ones to movement, strength, and health from an early age.Joe recently authored the book "Luci Meets a Powerlifter" and says...

The Transformer Bar by Kabuki Strength is the industry’s first multi-functional, adjustable barbell allowing for 48 different positions and squat variations. We’ve designed a variable bracket system that allows for adjustment to both camber height and angle relative to the bar itself.This versatility means we can change and improve spinal mechanics and related loading upstream and downstream, eliciting different training effects, fine tune it for an individual athlete, improve rehabilitation efforts or mimic squat patterns such as back squat, front squat, goblet squats, any safety squat bar, or dozens of other gradients of these loading patterns.It is the most comfortable and ergonomically designed bar on the market, eliminating pressure points through its contoured shape where it rests on the shoulders. Improved lat engagement from the positioning of the handles will increase spinal stability at the T/L junction reducing injury risk.Our philosophy at Kabuki Strength is to design, engineer, and manufacture innovative equipment that pushes the boundaries of human performance and strength.In this video you can hear Dr. Kelly Starrett, Dr. Stuart McGill and Eric Cressey discuss the Transformer Bar and their experiences with it.Transformer Bar is available for purchase at kabukistrength.com: https://store.kabukistrength.net/collections/bars/products/transformer-bar...