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Editor's note - I would recommend listening to Chris' reading of this piece via the voice-over video above. In editing this piece I found myself with my stomach in my throat, especially towards the end when Chris' emotions show in his voice. Having known Chris for a few years and having heard bits and pieces of stories from his childhood, I can say with certainty that him writing this piece was no easy thing. I could tell that Chris struggled processing and sharing some of these experiences. I urge you all to listen open-hearted and take all the good you can from an experience like his. There is no deeper connection in humanity than the empathy and love we can share for one another. [caption id="attachment_13824" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Me and my younger sisters when we were all older, after I had custody of them and raised them.[/caption]Writing these pieces has been challenging as I’ve had to dig up memories and emotions that had long ago been shoved into a dark, hidden corner of my heart. It’s especially difficult because I have kids now the same age as when some of these stories take place for me or my siblings.  Looking at my kids while at the same time reflecting on what the past held for me taps deep into that emotional bank and often brings me to tears.  I don’t want to see my kids live through anything like that, yet at the same time I would never, EVER, trade my life and experiences for anything else.  With pain, mistakes, and lows also comes highs, joys, glory and has been a huge part in contributing to the beautiful and blessed life I have lived; a life arc that most can’t fathom.  This is pretty much what this writing is about, Heartbeak and...

**NOTE - Kabuki Strength Lab will be hosting a BFR seminar by Owens Recovery Science on July 29th!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.We're thrilled about this week's episode, as it's by far one of the most technical and nerdy ones we've done so far! This week's guest is none other than Dr. Mario Novo, DPT, PT, BFR-R, Cert-DN. He is a results-driven sport orthopedic physical therapist, clinical educator, and university professor who specializes in strength/conditioning and blood flow restriction rehabilitation (BFR-R).In this episode of Strength Chat we discuss in detail the intricacies of BFR training and it's application to strength sports and athletes in general. If you've wanted to understand more about this topic or just get a technical, yet easy-to-understand introduction to BFR - this is the episode you need to listen to!Introduction and background of the guest [00:45] Mario shares how he started off in the physical therapy profession [01:50] Tendency of current PT’s to stick to an antiquated training model [04:34] Training and dealing with injuries which result in acute pain during muscle contraction [05:50] Understanding blood flow restrictions and using it in performance training [08:17] Mario shares how the concepts of BFR were initially adopted at the Centre of intrepid [10:26] Discussing how BFR is vastly different from a simple knee wrap and results in continued arterial flow and helps recover [15:09] Mario...

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.This week's guest needs no introduction. Eric Cressey has worked with hundreds of major league baseball athletes and professional athletes of all major disciplines. Eric owns Cressey Sports Performance with facilities in Florida and Massachusetts. He has published hundreds of articles on strength and conditioning or sports performance, and is himself a record-holding powerlifter. He holds a kinesiology degree and too many certifications to list here. We are honored to have Eric on our show and we hope you'll tune in for an interesting conversation between him and our hosts!Introduction and background of guest [01:00] Eric shares his training philosophy [05:44] Factors taken into consideration while recruiting in the fitness industry – we discuss the need for professionalism [08:27] Eric shares how he does not prefer to talk on the phone [12:34] Hiring employees who are a good cultural fit [15:12] Need of coaches to respond courteously to client requests [16:02] Eric talks of the various influences that have shaped his training regimen [19:37] Does the organization’s philosophy majorly affect Eric as he takes on the responsibility of their training? [24:15] The challenge of dealing with amateurs in the right way [25:51] Eric talks about his experience with training big league athletes [27:57] Top factors that make a good basketball coach [30:40] Individualizing the strength and conditioning regimen of a...

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.This week our hosts sit down with Guido Van Ryssegem. Guido has been in clinical practice for 29 years and has been working in the strength and conditioning arena for 34 years. He is co-owner and co-founder of Safe Recovery, LLC. Guido is a practitioner and faculty at Oregon State University, and has published in the Asian Journal of Martial Arts. Guido is also invited faculty for the University of Oregon, Western University, Willamette University, local Community Colleges, and private schools. He has practiced for the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. His expertise extends to his own Kinetic Integrations Exercise Specialist Certification. He is a board certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Registered Nurse (RN) and Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) while also certified by the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE).Guido serves as Northwest regional coordinator of the NSCA and is an NATA COR and Occupational Task Force Member. He is on the AQX Sports Incorporated and the Elevation Fitness advisory board. Additionally, he is an Athletes Performance Institute mentorship program presenter.Guido developed the Kinetic Integrations Exercise certification program that includes a corrective exercise approach to resolve movement dysfunctions after injury, a sedentary lifestyle, repetitive movements and incorrect movement. He presents nationally and internationally on this methodology. Guido has also published in the International Journal Of Sports Rehabilitation.Introduction and background...

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.We are thrilled to announce this week's guest on Strength Chat, although in the professional sports world he shouldn't need any introduction! Brandon McDaniel is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the LA Dodgers Major League Baseball team. Prior to joining the Dodgers he worked as a performance specialist for EXOS training military personnel, although his sports career stretches even farther back before that! Our hosts are no strangers to high-caliber sports, with Rudy Kadlub having coached college football at the D1 level and Chris Duffin having worked with professional athletes in multiple disciplines. Tune in and you might learn something this week about the world of strength in professional sports!Introduction and background of guest [01:48] Tracing Brandon’s professional journey [02:44] Brandon shares his experience of working as performance specialist for EXOS training military personnel [07:08] Learn how Brandon ended up being a coach for LA Dodgers [08:06] Discussing how the coaching mindset has evolved and strength and conditioning has become mandatory for baseball players [08:50] Applying DNS principles to strength and conditioning of baseball players [13:21] Brandon discusses his training philosophy, his focus on better movement and how his approach differs according to player’s age and background [16:07] Making incremental, slow changes instead of going for a complete build-up [19:21] What are the reasons for player injury early on...

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.Matt Wenning is on the most accomplished powerlifters and most respected strength coaches on the planet. He is one of only a handful of people to total over 2600 lbs in a professional competition, hold an all-time world record of 2665 lbs in the 308-lb class, and bench press over 800 lbs in a full powerlifting meet. He currently the owner and a private strength coach at Ludus Magnus gym in Columbus, Ohio, a personal trainer to many executives and professionals at Capital Club Athletics, and contracted by the US Army. He also works with firefighters, physicians, children with disabilities, and all forms of athletes in the Columbus, Ohio, area. We loved having him on the show to discuss movement, lifting, and life. Make sure to visit his website.Introduction and background of guest [01:34] Matt shares details of his bench press and squatting world records [09:25] Learning what to do and what not to do by observing and interacting with powerlifting legends [14:22] Systems and recovery tools to remain injury free [18:00] Body signs and tests for determining that you need to slow down on your training [18:55] Matt talks about his training approach which is a mix of conjugate and linear prioritization [22:13] Discussing the pros and cons of introducing variety in training regimen [27:36] Matt talks about his...

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.Dr. John Rusin is not your run-of-the-mill physical therapist. Over the years he's made a name for himself as one of the most respected and educated coaches and sports performance therapists in the industry, working with high-level athletes and providing free knowledge and information to the masses. In this episode the host and Dr. Rusin discuss the industry as it stands, injury prevention, and other components of Dr. Rusin's work. A great episode with an industry leader!Make sure to check out Dr. Rusin's website!Introduction and background of guest [01:28] John delves into the concepts and benefits of pain free training methodology [03:40] Sharing the foundational principals of pain free training [06:26] What are some of the foundational movement patterns for pain free training? [07:00] Discussing the body’s inability to differentiate between sources of stress [09:01] Avoid succumbing to an adrenaline rush and working out in spite of lack of sleep [09:59] What are some of the aftereffects of working out in spite of lack of sleep and rest? [11:13] Discussing the importance of bringing about sustainability of physical practices [11:37] John talks about his training career and his mindset [12:56] Discussing the importance of inculcating an injury preventive training approach [13:28] Communicating and understanding that injury free training will not result in decreased performance [17:24] Systems for managing pain free...

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.The American Ganster, born on the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon sits down with the Strength Chat hosts and talks all things fighting, strength, life, and even his recent appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. Chael and host Chris Duffin go WAY back to the Oregon state wrestling championships where they both participated, unknown to either of them that they would be friends later in life. This is one of the most fun, laughter-filled episodes we've recorded so make sure to tune in! Video podcast available below.Introduction and background of guest [00:43] Chris recounts his defeat to Baumgartner in the Oregon state wrestling championship 20 years back [01:21] Discussing the extreme demands that sports like wrestling and fighting place on athletes [05:06] Chael recounts his experience as professional athlete [06:23] We talk about the mental makeup of a fighter [07:01] Chael recounts his professional failures [08:10] Importance of cultivate a winning attitude to succeed as an athlete [10:13] Adopting an “All in” attitude with no fallback plan will help you find the path to success [11:24] Chael recounts some of his proud moments while fighting in the UFC [14:50] Importance to forget the bad, learn from it but not dwell over it [15:40] Chael talks about the one thing about UFC that he truly resents – inability to take up more...

Inventor, Strength Coach, CEO/Co-Founder of Kabuki Strength Equipment, & Co-Owner of Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland Oregon Chris Duffin, explains how the 'Whiskey & Deadlifts' concept came to fruition, what it was like growing up homeless, his views on nutrition, and Duffin discusses how his Engineering & Manufacturing background play a role in his current business. ...