Kabuki Strength
Start your search here for content on our site
Search here:
  • All
  • Articles
  • Athlete
  • blog
  • Chris' Training
  • Equipment
  • Events
  • KMS Private Library
  • KMS Public
  • News
  • Podcasts
  • Sports
  • Strength Chat
  • Uncategorized
  • Virtual Athlete Profiles

 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.I built the Hoffa Throws Academy from the ground up to be able to train throwers the way that I feel like they should train. We have an indoor shot ring, two outdoor shot rings, a discus ring, and three extra rings to throw into nets. This is all housed within Core Blend Training, a gym I helped start up in 2012, filled with everything I think throwers need. I knew that to be the best thrower I could be, every part of my training needed to be built towards producing long throws and that's exactly what I did.The number one mistake I hear from other throwers and strength coaches when talking about their weight training program is that they put too much emphasis on their strength numbers. It's an easy trap to fall into, it's fun to get strong (and don't worry, I'll talk about the techniques I've used to develop my own strength and the athletes I work with in future articles) and there are a ton of resources to tap into if your goal is to add pounds to your total. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as "add five pounds, add five centimeters". Everything in the weight room is GPP for the real goal, throwing far.The program has to be built from the ground up, the same way my Hoffa Throws Academy was, around training throwers. You can't take a powerlifting program or football training plan and add twice weekly throws sessions to it and expect it to produce big throws. It is outside the scope of...

Ryan Kennelly  is an American powerlifter who specializes in the bench press. He currently holds the World Powerlifting Organization (WPO) and has held the all-time world record in the assisted (geared) bench press with a lift of 1075.0 lbs (487.6 kg) from November 2008 until April 2013. This world record is classified as an equipped world record, meaning the lift is performed with the aid of a bench shirt. Kennelly has also bench pressed an unequipped 650.0 lbs (294.8 kg) in competition.THE KENNELLY PRESS - check out this bench variation used by the Bench Monster himself Ryan Kennelly @ryankennelly1075 as he makes his huge comeback. Read about this movement in Kennelly's own words at www.kabukistrength.com ••••• Link in profile. ••••• Thanks for supporting Kabuki Strength and helping make the world a better place through strength! ••••• #kabukistrength #kabukistrengthlab #kabukimovementsystems @kabukistrengthlab @mad_scientist_duffin www.kabukistrength.com www.kabuki.ms A video posted by Kabuki Strength (@kabukistrengthlab) on Aug 29, 2016 at 11:56am PDTThe Kennelly press is a bench press assistance exercise performed with the Duffalo bar with either bands,chains, or straight weight.  The grip employed is pinky on ring, or competition grip. Sets used for this exercise are 2 sets of 8 at 55%-70% of our 1-RM on our speed benching days, or 5 sets of 5 at 70%-80% of our 1-RM performed after our max effort movement on max effort day, or heavy day.. This assistance exercise is performed 2 weeks in a row with the desired resistance of your choice and then rotated back in 2 weeks after again, for example 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off,.Always remember to rotate the resistance used each time to avoid accommodation also. The bands I specifically used for this exercise are mini bands doubled, the max amount of...

Why deload? I know recently the word deload has gotten some scrutiny, I can understand that because most people probably don't work hard enough to merit one, let alone taking one every 4 weeks. It makes sense that the more you can train and push and not get hurt the better you will be, it's just finding that fine line between too much and not enough. I would rather be a too much kinda guy and not deload, but the high volume I train at requires me to take a deload. I earned it but my deloads are not what I would consider a walk in the park rest week. The purpose of a deload for a high volume, high fatigue program, is to reduce the fatigue but not take time off so you can still make progress. I deload volume not so much intensity, meaning I will drop my volume in half for deload but still keep the weights relatively heavy. So if the week before was squats 5 sets of 6, the deload week would be 2-3 sets of 2-3 reps at a RPE 8 so weights heavy enough to still get some kind of stimulus. I have found that this model works great for my style of training if I was running a different program I may not need that type of deload, but I can guarantee some type of a deload week is crucial for progress in any program it's just up to you to find the right way to do it so progress can still be made. Here is week 14 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"]DR7jfdXh24I[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayDuffalo Bar Squats- 602lbs for 4 RepsDuffalo Bar Tempo Squats- 422lbs for 4x3Sumo Pause Pulls- 440lbs 10x1Ab Wheel-...

Winding down my offseason and everything is moving along nicely. Biggest thing I look at to consider this a successful offseason is:I feel healthier and better I worked on my weaknesses I tested out higher than my last offseason on rep PR's or a single PR That I didn't miss any reps That I improved my technique and form on all liftsWith those being my key factors to assess for a successful offseason, the biggest thing I see is that people have a hard time picking the correct exercises to build up their weaknesses and to improve there big lifts. They either just do competition lifts or they rotate a huge amount of exercises each week. What this usually leads to is overuse injuries or not spending enough time improving on their technique and weaknesses. They do what they want to and not what they need and than blame everyone when the meet doesn't go as planned. Take some pride in your offseason and pick exercises that have a big carryover to your main lifts and train them just like you would if they were your main lifts.Here is week 13 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"]JnroJeQvIk8[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayDuffalo Bar Squats- 562lbs for 5 RepsDuffalo Bar Tempo Squats- 387lbs for 4x4Sumo Pause Pulls- 455lbs 4x4Ab Wheel- 4x10TuesdayBack and BicepsWednesdayTouch n Go BP- 435lbs x4x6Incline BP- 335lbs 4x6DB OHP- 4x8s/sDB Incline Flyes- 4x12Macine OHP- 4x12s/sBanded Abs- 4x15[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"]Zcl3fQg0Iw0[/wpdevart_youtube]FridayConventional Deads- 606lbs x1, 650lbs x1RDL's- 374lbs 4x5Belt Squats- 5x10GHR- 3x12Ab Wheel- 3x12SaturdayCG Pause  BP-  405lbs- 4x4Tempo CG BP- 315lbs- 4x5JM Press- 135lbs 4x8Dips- 4x15 ...

I've been watching the Olympic over the past week and while I can say I don't care much for the sports until the Olympics are on but I do appreciate the amount of work each athlete puts into the perfection of their craft. For sports that are extremely irrelevant and for athletes that don't make a lot especially team USA athletes, they truly put their hearts and souls into it. Yes they compete every year throughout the year but to devote 4 years of your life to one event and a small chance to be the best in the World is unreal. They plan their training out, diet out, recovery, rehab, everything is planned to allow them to peak on this stage. The amount of discipline this takes is second to none, especially considering the average person can't even stick to a diet for a week. I learn a lot from watching these games, a lot about perseverance, determination, and the mental toughness it takes to succeed at the highest levels of life, sports, etc...

ABOUT SCOTT IARDELLA, MPT, CSCS, CISSNWith a one-of-a-kind background as a strength coach, athlete, and former physical therapist, Scott is known as a fitness innovator and a scientist in the area of strength and performance training. He’s recognized for engineering powerful, no nonsense training programs that increase strength, build muscle, and enhance athleticism while preventing wasted time and frustration with ineffective or irrational exercises and programming. A passionate professional who’s dedicated to helping people fulfill their potential through a foundation of strength.Here's a snippet of Scott's review of the Shoulderok!Scott Iardella recently reviewed the Shoulderök on his podcast - Rdella Training! Check out this snippet and head to kabukistrength.com for the whole episode! ••••• http://www.kabukistrength.com/scott-iardella-reviews-the-shoulderok-on-his-podcast/ ••••• Thanks for supporting Kabuki Strength and helping make the world a better place through strength! ••••• #kabukistrength #kabukistrengthlab #kabukimovementsystems @kabukistrengthlab @mad_scientist_duffin www.kabukistrength.com www.kabuki.ms A video posted by Kabuki Strength (@kabukistrengthlab) on Aug 10, 2016 at 9:57am PDTTHE SHOULDEROK IS FANTASTIC! THE TRUTH IS I DON’T LIKE “SHINY NEW TOYS” TO DISTRACT FROM A FOCUSED TRAINING APPROACH. THE SHOULDEROK DOESN’T DO THAT BECAUSE IT’S A UNIQUELY DESIGNED TOOL THAT OFFERS A LONG LIST OF SURPRISING BENEFITS FOR ALL OF US. IT GOES WAY BEYOND JUST IMPROVING MOBILITY – AND OVERALL SHOULDER HEALTH. IT’S A POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE ADDITION TO LITERALLY ANY TRAINING PROGRAM OR APPROACH I CAN THINK OF. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS TOOL. -SCOTT IARDELLA (AUTHOR, COACH, FORMER ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPIST)Check out the full review of the Shoulderok by Scott Iardella on his Podcast! http://rdellatraining.com/shouldermobility You can purchase the Shoulderok below or via our store!// Buy ShouldeRök™...

There comes a transition phase from offseason to meet prep. This phase comes towards the end of your offseason right before you deload into your meet prep. This is where you get to see where all your hard work has paid off. You begin to lower the reps and increase the weight so you can one get use to handling heavier weight and two so you can see if you've gotten stronger at your weaker lifts. If strength comes from your offseason and you picked the right exercises than 9 times out of ten your main lifts will go up. This is why it is so important to pick the right exercises, to have a plan, and to take your offseason just as serious as your actual meet prep. Lifters are getting to strong and to good for you to just sit back and take your offseason light heartedly if you do you will be left behind fast. Just a few more weeks left in this productive offseason and I am looking forward to the prep. Here is week 10 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"]ddHzxGajuKs[/wpdevart_youtube]MondaySSB Squats- 548lbs top set of 5, 430lbs for 3x5 back down sets4" Block Sumo Pulls- 646lbs x3, 686lbs x2, 606lbs x6Hatfield Squats- 4x8Leg Curls- 4x12s/sAb Wheel- 4x10TuesdayBack and BicepsWednesdayDuffalo Bar BP- 420lbs x4x6Incline BP- 295lbs 4x6DB OHP- 4x8s/sDB Incline Flyes- 4x12Macine OHP- 4x12s/s Banded Abs- 4x15[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"]idRViNZw8jw[/wpdevart_youtube]FridayConventional Deads- 585lbslbs 4x32" Deficit SLDL- 475lbs 4x5Belt Squats- 5x10Ab Wheel- 3x12SaturdayCG Pause  BP-  375lbs- 4x6Floor Press- 335lbs- 4x6CG Larsen Press- 4x8DB Rolling Tri Ext- 4x12s/sDB Hammer Curls- 4x8DB Curls- 3x12s/sAb Wheel- 3x12...

Everyone has a diet they live by and really enjoy. This takes time and some trial and error, like I always say there is no one diet that always works. A diet you like and enjoy is one you stick to and can start to make it a lifestyle, more than a diet. This is when things change and your mind and body start to click and work as one. Than all you have to do is worry about training your face off.My favorite diet for weight loss has to be carb cycling, this allows you to have all the macros throughout the week and it allows you to have days with higher calories and ones with lower calories. This is great for training and for fat loss at the same time. You treat your high carb days as muscle building high volume days, then you have medium carb days for training days to optimize performance and lean out, and the low days strictly for fat burning. In the video below i talk about it in more detail. Make sure you subscribe to my channel for more videos and updates.Here is week 10 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"]euI9OPyAIOA[/wpdevart_youtube]MondaySSB Squats- 503lbs 4x54" Block Sumo Pulls- 650lbs 4x4Hatfield Squats- 4x8Leg Curls- 4x12s/sAb Wheel- 4x10TuesdayBack and BicepsWednesdayDuffalo Bar BP- 400lbs x4x6Incline DP BP- 4x8Machine OHP- 4x8s/sDB Incline Flyes- 4x12DB Side Raises- 4x12s/sSeated Rear Delts- 4x10Single Arm Single Arm Raises- 4x 12 ea arms/sBanded Abs- 4x15[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"]0sWFilDucS0[/wpdevart_youtube]FridayBlock Conventional Deads- 585lbslbs 4x42" Deficit SLDL- 5x6 Belt Squats- 5x10Ab Wheel- 3x12SaturdayCG Pause  BP-  355lbs- 4x6Floor Press- 315lbs- 4x6CG Larsen Press- 4x8DB Rolling Tri Ext- 4x12s/sDB Hammer Curls-...

In this interview Tony Montgomery talks with the strongest person nobody knows - Shawn Doyle. He has a 2,303lb total RAW in the 308 weight class, and is now preparing for the invitational-only Big Dogs meet in Australia later this year - where he'll be going head-t0-head with the strongest lifters in powerlifting history. Word on the street is that 10 out of the 15 biggest totals ever posted will be present and competing. We wish Shawn all the best![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"]YtNk8lzm4tM[/wpdevart_youtube]...

Taking your recovery to the next step will help take your performance to the next level. For more information check out my website tmnutrition.net for more articles, ebooks, and online training/nutrition plans.Also check out the Kabuki Strength Store for cutting edge equipment that will help push you to edge of human performance. There are so many diets out there now its hard to decipher which one works and which one will bring you the best results. The easy answer is, the diet you can stay on the longest and stick to is the one that works best. Now there are a few principals that should be applied to all diets that will make them more optimal and as long as you can master those things you can make any diet match your gals. So popular diets like Paleo, IIFYM, Low Carb Diets, Carb Backloading, etc… they can all work if it’s what you enjoy and you follow the guidelines below to make them fit your goals. The key is knowing how to implement them and understand why these things are important for success. So with this article I will discuss some of the downfalls I see in all the top diets out there and how you can slightly adjust them to help you reach your goals. Paleo First up is the Paleo diet, this is the biggest diet in the crossfit community and for good reason. It promotes eating whole foods, nothing really processed. Puts a strong emphasis on food quality like grass fed beef, veggies, and NOT pop tarts. This diet was brought along more so to help combat certain diseases that pop up with high amount of processed carbohydrates and other things like roots, tubers, and legumes. Some of these foods will cause severe issues and carbohydrates in and of themselves are...