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By Chris DuffinIf you watch my weekly video’s you have likely seen my hanging by one hand from a pull-up bar and asked “why”.  Its' not because I'm hoping someone will toss a banana at me, although with my current diet I would probably be quiet happy about that.  As with most things I do there is a reason and it may be something of relevance to you as well.In seeking to overcome some long standing elbow issues that were beginning to significantly impact my deadlift I was referred to Ido Portal.  Ido has some interesting concepts worth exploring.  One of which is hanging.  This is primarily done for shoulder health, which in my case with the use of the ShouldeRök™ is not necessary.However the tractioning on the elbow from both directions was worth exploring.  I had already been doing static holds with a barbell for the last couple years to work on my grip strength and desensitize my thumb for the hook grip.  With that in mind I wasn’t expecting much from the hangs and was surprised at the difference I found.  In this case I began doing full passive hangs letting everything relax and hang.  Doing so I found that even the grip became more challenging than when just holding on in an active movement such as a pull-up.  With the passive hang everything is stretched from lats, scap, tricpes, biceps, and all the muscle of the lower arm and fingers.I quickly transitioned from doing static holds to doing passive hangs and within a month had switched to one arm hangs.  It wasn’t until the single arm hangs that I began really feeling a difference in my arm.  The extra force as well as the dynamics of the hang put a lot more force and traction on my...

Whiskey & Deadlifts (aka - Powerlifting: Experimentation and Logic behind Intra-Workout Alcohol Consumption) by powerlifter Chris DuffinAre you looking for an excuse to get drunk or abuse alcohol? If yes than go away! This is most definitely not an article for you.  Without a doubt the negative long term and short term effects of alcohol are very well documented. Particularly as an athlete, excess and even moderate alcohol use can have a detrimental effect on your powerlifting and strongman performance. From negative hormonal factors such as lowering testosterone, lowering HGH, lowering ADP generation, and increasing cortisol to dietary impacts of reducing protein syntheses, containing 7cal/g of energy, and interfering with absorption of other nutrients - all of these factors make it clear that alcohol is something to avoid as a strength athlete (or consume in very minimal quantities).  The short term depressant effect, slowing both cognitive ability as well as coordination, and reducing decision making abilities makes it hard to understand how there would be any value in alcohol at all – particularly when it comes to strength sports.Unfortunately for us, much of the research we have access to is incomplete. It looks at the short term and long term effects of alcohol on the body. There is plenty of positive research on minimal to moderate long-term alcohol use and the positive effects on cardiovascular health and free radical scavenging properties – This might be something for us to explore at another time.The exception and interesting thing to note is in the lack of research on the IMMEDIATE effects of low-dose alcohol consumption on the athlete.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="686"] Why do the snatch balance when you can do the scotch balance?[/caption]The proposed hypothesis is that alcohol used in small and properly timed doses allows for harnessing some of the immediate psychoactive effects...

[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"]BQVcrbAhPcA[/wpdevart_youtube] FORETHOUGHTSMy initial goal was to come in and make a run at a 2100+ total for the All-Time record but my primary goal was to win the meet.  I wasn’t planning on making a run for my 2204 (10kg) total at this meet yet as I had not been able to train the deadlift heavy.  This was due to a recent elbow surgery and some bicep tearing when I tried to ramp up the weights to early at 6 weeks out form the meet.  So the last 6 weeks I was letting my bicep and arm fully heal and was hoping on still getting a decent enough pull in for at least the All-time record.It began as a challenging week.  With being unable to sleep on the 20hr flight to Sydney then arriving and getting settled in I ended up going 2.5 days without sleep.  After one fuller, but still incomplete, night of sleep I started my water cut to the 220lb class.  Interestingly I was stuck in a hard place with making this cut.  If I came up a 1lb short I wouldn’t be weighing in at 221 for the meet as the 242lb class was scheduled for the following day so it would leave me having to cut 2 days in a row or just recomping and competing in the 275’s.  So missing by even .2lbs would essentially move me up two weight classes and change the day I competed, and require me to change my flight plans.WEIGHT CUTI ended up having put some weight on this last 8 weeks since my last cut to 220.  While it was only about 5lbs it was 5lbs on top of an...

 Link from my sponsor EliteFTS with videos First week back after the meet over the weekend. Remember it was supposed to just be test meet so no deload after the meet. Well I rarely do anyway. I’m usually ready to train after my deload into a meet, just not with the same level of strength due to condition of the body.MONDAYMace Swings 3x10/side Curls 35 x16,16,16Bench Press 315x23,20Dips BW+180 x8,6,6Overhead Press (Machine) Stack x16,16,16WEDNESDAYSumo Deadlift off 3” blocksSquats 155x5 265x3 375x3 485x2 595x1 705x2,2 with a nice pop in my bicep on second repPause Squats w/5 seconds in hole 425x5,51 arm dead hangs 2-3 sets per side @ 10-20sec eachTHURSDAYCircuit Training BW Dips x 65,65,65 Leg Extensions – Stack x20,20,20 Leg Curls – 3/4stack x20,20,20 Mace Swings x20,20,20,20 ...