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The year 2016 has been a monumental year for strength sports, with some previously "unbreakable" barriers being broken and incredible athletes pushing the boundary of what we thought to be humanly possible. Here is a compilation of what the editors at Kabuki Strength think are the  greatest feats of strength from this year (so far). We hope you enjoy! (note that these are in no particular order) Bonica Lough squats 600lbs in sleevesThe ladies performance in powerlifting and strength sports the last few years has been incredible, to say the least. This squat by Bonica Lough is the heaviest raw (in sleeves) squat of all-time, and the only 600+ pound raw squat for women, ever. An incredible display of strength by an incredible athlete.Yuri Belkin deadlifts 921lbs (418kg) beltless @223lbsCementing himself as one of the greatest deadlifters in history, Yuri narrowly missed the 220lb weight class when he pulled 921lbs in Russia...

Meet prep is going great, as I look back at my last prep compared to now everything has gone way better than expected. The progress not so much in weight added to the bar although that has gone up tremendously but I am more proud of how well my technique has improved. I am a firm believer that you have to build as much technical proficiency in the main lifts before you can even think about finding your actual weakness. If your form is off and you miss a lift you can't accurately say what is weak until your technique is improved. This is also true with meet prep, pick weights where you can be technically sound and move good instead of chasing weights that will force technique to be off. Trust me you won't dial it in before the meet, it needs to be done in training and it needs to be done right. The better your technique the less likely you are to get hurt and the ability to stay healthy is a great way to build from week to week and meet to meet. Here is week 3 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]QFzgfqgk65c[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 660lbs for 2 RepsHigh Bar pause Squats- 465lbs for 4x2Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 506lbs 8x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayClose Grip BP-  425lbs x4x4Tempo Close Grip BP- 345lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x10Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]y2ohS9rx14g[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 705lbs x3x3RDL's- 315lbs 4x6Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8s/sBand Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  490lbs x1Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 415lbs- 4x3Incline BP- 345lbs x4x6DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes-...

For this week's episode our hosts sat down withDr. Justin Dean,Justin Dean is the Executive Director of Rehab2Performance.com (R2P). R2P is a non-profit community of healthcare and sport professionals that strives to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance by applying contemporary clinical approaches in pain management, restoration of human function, and promoting wellness/fitness. He is also the creator of Back2Running.   Click the links below to subscribe!iTunesGoogle PlayYou can also listen below via this embedded web player:...

In this episode, our hosts sit down with well known author and doctor of physical therapy Kelly Starrett and discuss what is new it the fitness world, what Dr. Starrett is currently working on, and the similarities between our philosophy and his own. It's a great episode and you'll definitely want to check it out! [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]4qQlo0klTiE[/wpdevart_youtube] Click the links below to subscribe! iTunes Google Play...

Not much change from last week as far as exercise selection goes, just adding more weight and pushing more reps. Foundation has been built now it is time to push my strength by pushing more weight. This approach has always worked for me and although it may not be what some people preach I have seen some of the best lifters in the world do it this way and it has always worked for me. It has taking me a little bit of time to figure out how long i can push it for but as of right now everything is right on track and moving right along.Here is week 2 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]VuR6wr4FZNs[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 635lbs for 3 RepsHigh Bar pause Squats- 435lbs for 5x3Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 484lbs 10x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayClose Grip BP-  415lbs x5x5Tempo Close Grip BP- 335lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x10Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]Lfc2NcBDLCA[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 725lbs x1, x1, x2SLDL's- 405lbs 4x6Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8s/sBand Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  450lbs x3Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 400lbs- 4x3Incline BP- 335lbs x4x6DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes- 3x12s/sMachine OHP- 3x8...

Reese Hoffa is the owner of the Hoffa Throws Academy, an elite training facility located in Watkinsville GA. He is a 3-time Olympian, 2-time World Champion, and spent an unprecedented 10 straight years ranked in the top 3 in the world.In my previous article, I outlined a couple of mistakes I see throwers making with their training. You can check that article out by clicking here. I really appreciate the feedback I got from the Kabuki Strength community, and one of the most common questions was how those considerations actually entered into program design. I thought the most productive way to answer that question was to just open up my old training log and show a sample training week from my final season as a pro. This is my actual in season workout schedule assuming a meet on Saturday.Monday- Movement Prep Day 5 minutes of easy rowing or skiing on a Concept 2 Row or Ski Erg. DB Seated Military Press 3x8 Bent Over Fly 2x10 Single Leg Squat 3x6 ShouldeRok Swings 3x10 Double Arm Each Direction ShouldeRok Swings 2x5 Single Arm Each DirectionTuesday- Throw and Bench Day AM Session- Throwing Practice PM Session- Bench Press 4x3 at 1.0 m/s to 1.3m/s (during the season I wanted to keep the weight lighter, so I used the Squats and Science OpenBarbell device to measure velocity. For more information on velocity tracking, I suggest Brandon Senn’s article found here. Band Pull Apart superset with DB Upright Row 2x15 Single Arm DB Bench 2x10 Hoffa Rotational Press 2x10 Sprints 4x30 yardsWednesday-Movement Prep Day Side Lunges 2x8 Speed Skater Jump 2x8 Bench Glute Bridge 2x10 Hill Sprint 4x2 Sprints ShouldeRok Swings 2x5 Single Arm Each DirectionThursday-Throw and Explosive Movement AM Session- Throwing Practice PM Session- Banded Trap Bar Deadlift 4x3 (Speed Focus) TRX Side Raises 2x10 Lateral Arm Raise superset with Seated Clean 3x8 Medicine Ball Twists 2x8 (Explosive)Friday- Pre-Meet 3 rounds of circuit Box Jump x5 Bird Dog...

In the following training log I walk through my training over the last month following the 980x1+ pull and to the 900x5 and 855 conventional deadlift that was recently posted.Instead of just showing the lifts please listen to the audio and here how I’m managing my required daily volume via sets and reps with VBT.  This specific approach I’m using is not what we typically employ but was put in place to manage the specific demands of this program.  I also walk through what I’ve done with squats, pressing, and accessory days as I lead into the final phases of #GrandGoals. Training has been quite intense and I’ve never put myself through grueling sessions like this before.  But if I’m going to attempt to do epic things I need to put the work in, all while being smart.  In fact yesterday in a podcast with Kelly Starrett were talking about my massive 2x a week deadlifts.  And in reflection I noted that there is no way I would be able to pull this off well without the tools I use on Kabuki.MS to assess and quickly correct issues.  So that I can keep moving cleanly and deal with any issue before it spirals out of control.That combined with specifically managed volumes and intensity that we manage in our VBT based auto regulation program keep me out of trouble. Head Virtual Coach Brandon is reviewing the statistics based on our models and updating all aspect of my program.I hope you enjoy the following video and learn something along the way.You can read more about our coaching services here or sign up below:// Buy Virtual Coaching with Chris Duffin & Kabuki Strength Team...

Finally, the meet prep has begun and the 1st week went exceptionally well. The hardest part for me is picking the right numbers, to begin with, I have a good round about number to begin the cycle with but I also let my warm ups dictate my working sets for the first. This week is what establishes my base for me and it sets up the rest of my meet prep for good or bad. The way I have things setup is pretty simple, for my main movements I will be working up to a top set and for my secondary day I worked up to a repeatable weight that can be built upon for the upcoming weeks. This gives me a good amount of mixture between intensity and volume and it actually makes me push my strength curve through the cycle as my base building was done in the offseason. Here is week 1 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]dYI3-pzAAHI[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 615lbs for 3 RepsBack Down Sets- 505lbs 2x3High Bar pause Squats- 415lbs for 3x3Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 462lbs 10x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10 WednesdayClose Grip BP- 365lbs x5, 385lbs x5, 405lbs x3x5Tempo Close Grip BP- 315lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x12Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]UbjmL5l4UMI[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 660lbs x3x3SLDL's- 315lbs 4x8 (double overhand grip)Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  420lbs x5Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 385lbs- 4x5Incline BP- 335lbs x4, 315lbs x3x5DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes- 3x12s/sMachine OHP- 3x8...