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Shawn Doyle's training for June 6 - 20, currently prepping for Big Dogs Invitational[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"]z0ciVPaEBSA[/wpdevart_youtube] 6/6 Deadlift 705x3, 793x7 (video)Shrug 3x15Low Row 3x25High Row 3x25 6/8 Press 325 3x3 (video set 3)CG Bench 3x20Hammer Curl 3x12Side Raise 3x20DB Curl 3x25 6/9 Pause Squat 555 3x3 (video set 3)Leg Press 3x25GHR 3x12Leg Extension 3x25Leg Curl 3x25Reverse Hyper 3x15 6/11 Bench 315 3x20 (video set 2)Wide-grip bench 3x20Rope Ext 3x12DB Fly 3x12Single Arm Ext 3x25Machine Fly 3x25 6/13 Deadlift 705x3, 815x6 (video)Shrug 495 3x15Low Row 3x20High Row 3x20 6/15 Press 315x1, 335x1, 275 2x5CG Bench 225 3x15Hammer Curl 3x12Side Raise 3x15DB Curl 3x25 6/16 Pause Squat 675 3x3 (video set 2)Leg Press 3x25GHR 3x12Leg Ext 3x20Leg Curl 3x20Reverse Hyper 3x15 6/18 Bench 365 3x15 (video set 3)Wide Bench 275 3x15Rope Ext 3x12DB Fly 3x12Single Arm Ext 3x25Machine Fly 3x25 6/20 Deadlift 837x5Shrug 551 3x15Seated Row 4x20...

On May 28th, Kabuki Strength got a chance to be a small part of an amazing event in Dixon, IL. Mecca Barbell and friends put on a Backyard Fundraiser Meet for Hopekids that raised over $2000 to benefit children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families.

35 lifters got their squat face on with Kabuki Strength’s Duffalo Bar including a team of teens from Primal Fitness and Moline HS wrestling that not only competed, but also spotted and loaded on a very hot day for everyone else.

Thanks to the all the great judges and volunteers that made the day possible including Rob Luyando Roger Ryan, Dave Murphy, Barzeen Vaziri, Beth McBride, Matt Houser, Traci Leach-Oltmans, and especially to Andrew Burnell and his folks, Jackie and Penny Burnell for hosting the event. You can see pictures from this event on this facebook album. 

Week 4 went great, this is the hard week of my program, every 3rd week of the program I push to top sets and than get my volume with backdown sets. Top lifts this week was SSB Squats 510lbs for 8, Close Grip Bench 365lbs for 8, 2" Deficit Deadlifts 585lbs for 4, and Incline Bench Press 365lbs for 4. Everything is feeling great and I am very happy with my squats and pulls, my press lags a bit with volume work reps 1-3 feel great than I fatigue pretty fast. Reps and volume is something that takes time to adjust back to so i am not worried, just putting in the work I know it will take to get better. This week also ended my mini cut, I was going to push it further than 235lbs but my mind just wasn't in it and I didn't get into weights to be small haha, so I am pushing up to 260lbs so I can get that 2000lbs total I want at 242lbs. It doesn't take long to look around the powerlifting landscape to know the top guys are sitting 10-20lbs above their actual weight class.Here is a recap of this weeks training:MondaySSB Squats- Worked up to 510lbs for 8 at RPE 9Sumo Pulls- 4x6- 545lbsBelt Squats- 4x12Leg Press- 4x8s/sAb Wheel- 4x10WednesdayCG BP- 5x8- at 365lbsSwiss Bar BP- 4x AMRAP with 225lbsJM Press- 5x10-12Dips- 4x12-15s/sLat Pulldowns- 4x12Cable Pushdowns- 4x12s/sIncline DB Curls- 4x10s/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"]frgjTiEuDaw[/wpdevart_youtube]Friday2" Deficit Deads- Worked up to 585lbs for 4 RPE 8Tempo Squats Duffalo Bar- 4x3- 472lbs2" Deficit SLDL- 4x8Hammer Strength Lat Pulldowns- 4x10-12Hammer Strength Rows- 3x12Leg Curls- 3x15s/sLeg Extensions- 3x12SaturdayIncline BP-  Worked up to 365lbs for 4DB Seated OHP- 5x8- Top Set 125lbsDb Side Raises- 4x10s/sCable Rear...

Week 3 is in the books and everything is feeling good, started an ice bath protocol for 20 minutes 1x every other week to speed up recovery and i am in the process of trying to find a good ART guy to go see once per month. I need to stay on top of my recovery during this time because the volume is being pushed high and I want to take training to 6-7 week phases before deloading. As for diet and dropping to the 220lbs weight class, its not exactly going as planned. Not that I am not staying on track with the food my body is just absorbing it during this hypertrophy phase and I am growing. Like I've said before i am not going to force a weight class, i want to be as strong as humanly possible and I will not let a weight class dictate my total. So I will keep riding out this mini diet for a few more weeks and see what happens. At the end of this time i will either keep pushing to try and get to 230lbs or I will push the scale up to 250-255lbs. I am waking up at 237-240lbs depending on the day. [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"]-yBvAFvMfUM[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is a recap of this weeks training:MondaySSB Squats- 4x8- Up 20lbs from week 2 and moved fasterSumo Pulls- 4x6- Up 44lbs from week 2Belt Squats- 4x10Leg Extension and Curls- 3x12Ab Wheel- 3x10 [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"]pKgKQSHXurE[/wpdevart_youtube]WednesdayCG BP- 5x7-8- Added 20lbs from week 2Swiss Bar BP- 3x AMRAP with 225lbsJM Press- 5x10-12Dips- 4x12-15s/sLat Pulldowns- 4x12DB Tate Presses- 4x12s/sPreacher Curls- 4x20s/sBanded Abs- 4x15 Friday2" Block...

I learned two things this week during training.I am really out of shape Getting back on track after a weekend getaway can be tougher than it sounds.During my first set of SSB squats I hit a good speed on the velocity device for the 1st 3 reps and the last 5 dropped off fast. This was a clear sign of the condition I am in and it didn't get any better the rest of the day but by the end of the week I was feeling really good. The 1st week or two is always rough when you are trying to pick up the pace and push the cardio, but it only takes 2 weeks of pain before you can see the end of the light at tunnel and by the 3rd week you are feeling good. During the LA trip I treated like a mini vacation and ate a bunch of food. I thought it would be easy getting back on track when I got home. I did get right back on track but it was a struggle all week with cravings. It was way tougher than I had imagined but my goals are more important than cravings so I just stayed focus on my goals, put my down, and kept on hammering.Here is a recap of this weeks training:MondaySSB Squats- 4x8Sumo Pulls- 4x6Belt Squats- 4x12Leg Extension and Curls- 3x12Ab Wheel- 3x10WednesdayCG BP- 5x7-8JM Press- 5x10-12Dips- 4x12-15s/sDB Curls- 4x12DB Tri Ext- 4x12s/sPreacher Curls- 4x20s/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"]iBCsLmRAAyM[/wpdevart_youtube]FridayConventional Deads- 4x6-8Tempo Squats Duffalo Bar- 4x3Leg Press- 4x12s/sIncline DB Rows- 4x10-12Banded DB Deadlifts- 3x10s/sHammer Strength Rows- 3x12SaturdayIncline BP- 5x8Behind the Neck Press- 5x10Machine OHP- 4x10s/sDB Rear Delts- 4x12Cable Flyes- 4x15s/sDB Side Raises- 4x12 [wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385"...

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May 18, 2016

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Legs and Chest/Shoulders from this week[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"]zGT5hsFBH-E[/wpdevart_youtube] Anytime I am in my offseason with no real meet in the near future I really enjoy traveling and training at other gyms or going to hiking destinations across the country. This weekend was no exception, I went down to LA to see one of my good friends get married and as soon as the airplane touched down I was headed to Barbell Brigade to meet up with Adam, Brandon, Mason, and Steve to train hangout and talk shop. Some of the best and most valuable gems of knowledge I've collected come from things like this so it is always a real treat.Decided to get into some barbell movements on this day to start reintroducing them into my training as everything was feel fresh and recovered. Worked on some touch and go bench press with competition grip, over the years of practicing pausing so much I can now safely say I can pause more then I can touch and go. So for now I will be hammering that down.Bench Press- 275lbs x8, 315lbs x2x8, 365lbs x2x8, 405lbs x7Close Grip Spoto Presses- 315lbs x4x8Rolling DB Tri Ext- 5x8-10s/sFace Pulls- 5x12DB Incline Tate Presses- 4x12s/sPreacher Curls- 4x12Straight Bar Pushdowns- 4x12s/sBent Over DB Rear Delts- 4x10-12 [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"]mhDyXnj2vZ0[/wpdevart_youtube] The next day was the wedding so Kaylie and I decided to get a quick back session in at 24hr fitness and than go for a 2 hour hike to combat the amount of amazing food we were planning to consume while on a mini vacation.Speaking of diet, I like to stick to one 99% of the...

Key things to think about while approaching your offseason,Improve Health Build up Weaknesses with Hypertrophy Improve ConditioningThese 3 things should be the bulk of your planning for improvements leading into your next meet prep. Typically for me I like to drop a little weight after my meet and just focus on better movements and overall health. This is also the time for me to do more outdoors stuff and get away from the gym. Because when meet prep gets closer I go into hiding and just focus on the task at hand. For now i will be adventuring out more, getting in some traveling and hiking and exploring Portland the new city I just moved to. This gives me a time to relax and do different things I enjoy outside of the gym, but my main focus is still becoming the best so my priorities and my vision is always on that.My split for this offseason will beSun- RestMon- Squats and Sumo DeadsTues- BackWeds- Chest and ArmsThurs- RestFri- Conventional Deads, Back, and Leg AccessorySat- Chest and ShouldersI will also be adding in 20-30 minutes of conditioning work in 3-4x per week starting off.Diet wise, I follow a carb rotation diet with a low, medium, and high day planned out to fit my training days and non training days. The plan is to drop about 8-10lbs over this phase to maintain for my next meet so i can compete in the 220lbs weight class.Here is a video of Monday and Tuesdays workout and a little further explanation into my plan.[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"]JgaFkZwNEAQ[/wpdevart_youtube]MondaysBelt Squats- 6x12Leg Press- 4x8s/sSissy Squats- 4x10KB Bulgarian Split Squats- 4x 10 ea legs/sBand BadGirl (found on kabuki.ms)- 4x20Belt Marches- 3x 100 stepss/sAb...

[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"]YvFdvRZ3hyQ[/wpdevart_youtube]I knew after my last performance 3 weeks ago I had a lot more in me. So as soon as I got home I went searching the internet to find a meet. I got lucky and found a meet 5 hours away in Lynden, Wa. Only problem was I've never walked out a squat in wraps and it was a USPA meet so I had to learn how to do so in 2 weeks. No problem right??I approached these next 2 weeks as a mini peak with a deload and everything felt great so i was able to push it in training and not have to worry about fixing any issues I had from the meet before. Must be all this new movement stuff I've been doing. I fixed my issue I had from the RPS US Open, it is amazing how one week can make a huge difference in performance but now that I know that and fixed the issue I feel extremely confident being ready for any meet in the future.Headed up to Lynden, Wa. on Friday to make weight, I was able to eat all the way up to weigh ins and tipped the scales at 238lbs. After making weight I started eating and drinking like I normally would for a high carb refeed day. I do a quick 20 minute workout after about 3 meals down and after that I just relax and eat the rest of the day. I do the mini workout to wake the body up and to make sure the nutrients I am consuming have a place to go.Everything felt great heading over to Flex Gym to compete, my openers were Squat 310kgs/683lbs, Bench...

Deloading this week before I start my off season, I last competed on April 23rd and totaled 1846lbs at 242lbs. Video below[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"]VH_uZ2sj1KI[/wpdevart_youtube]It was a disappointing performance for me, which means I just have to get to work this off season and get stronger.A little bit about my background and how I got where I am today. Let's start with at the age of 18 I joined the Marines and served 4 years with 2nd Recon Bn. After the military I decided to go to school and study in the field of Exercise Science at Florida Atlantic University. I was able to fast track through with taking on 16 credit hours each semester Fall, Spring, and Summer. During school I got into strongman and started buying a bunch of equipment and began training out of my garage for my first competition. I always wanted to open up my and with my garage overflowing with equipment I figured now is a great time to do that. So for the next 4 years at the ripe age of 22 I owned and operated a very successful warehouse gym and continued competing in strongman throughout the years.I focused on training high school, collegiate, and strength athletes for their respective sports and the NFL combine. A put a huge amount of time in working with and learning from some of the best strength coaches and nutritionist in the industry and not the social media famous ones, I mean the legit ones who spend more time on perfecting their craft than social media status. After 4 years of running the gym and pursuing strongman, I decided I wanted to travel and learn. So I switched focuses from strongman...