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

Still keeping it under wraps as to exactly what I want to do in the Animal Cage at the Arnold.  But I am excited for it.  This marks the first week of training for a very short prep period.  It will also delay my 1000lb squat goal but I've got a pretty interesting plan for the year for my goals.  Ready to get moving forward on it.Below is the training plan for the week. ...

Here is this last weeks training.  A lot more missed training as you will see in my training log snapshot than I would like to see.  But its hard to keep up when traveling and speaking for sure!  Considering that I'm quite happy with the work I did get in however.  Things are progressing nicely.  Will be working on improving the formatting for the training log for those not familiar with how we track training.  But below is the weekly plan, performance, and deviation....

Last weeks leading into the meet[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"]muIuT3FjSsc[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is a quick meet recap and the lessons I learned[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"]e-rlAlCqweY[/wpdevart_youtube]...

This path may be a little confusing to most.  But I'm taking some time off from heavy lifting right now and making sure I'm functioning well and setup to perform well to hit my 1000lb Squat goal.  While I do this I have an interim goal to do a one-arm barbell snatch of 225lbs.  I might not hit this at this point but its a good time to work on that as a slowly transition back into squat training....

I am sitting at 4 weeks out at the end of week 8 and besides my shoulder, everything is moving along. I am still hitting the weights I need to for bench so I can't complain and it is getting progressively better thanks to 1-2 hours a day of dedicated work. Squats and deads are going really well and I am expecting them to carry my total. I am hitting singles for most of my competition lifts to really dial in form and to maximize recovery. I am not saying reps are bad, but since I am going into PR weights I need to be perfect and practice makes perfect. This is new to me so we will see how it all plays out on Nov 19th. Getting very excited for this meet and leading up to the meet are some huge meets that will showcase some of the best lifters in my weight class and in the 308 plus weight class. Watching the top guys perform really pumps me up and gets me ready for training and the platform. Some people see them and get down, I see them and get excited because I know I will be there soon. Here is week 7 training recap:SundayBackMondayLow Bar Squats w/ Wraps- 715lbs for 2 RepsBelt Squats- 4x6Sumo Pulls- 515lbslbs 6x1Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayOff to rest shoulder pain FridaySumo Deads- 650lbslbs x1RDL's- 455lbs x6, 495lbs x5Belt Squats- 4x6Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayPause  BP-  470lbs x3x3 Couldn't move my arm so I called it quits[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"]LVokRp2_5C8[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is week 8 training recap:SundayBackMondayLow Bar Squats w/ Wraps- 745lbs for 1 RepSumo Pulls- 535lbs 4x1Belt Squats- 4x6Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayPause BP-  440lbs x4x1JM Press- 6x8FridaySumo Deads- 676lbs for 3 singlesRDL's- 405lbs 4x6Belt Squats- 4x6Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayPause  BP-  485lbs x1 JM...

The meet is getting closer and closer and as the weights get heavier and fatigue grows injuries are almost always going to occur. Some people quit and call it when that happens, but good lifters figure out a way to push through and work around the injuries to keep steady progress and still be ready for the meet. It is about taking the time to diagnose the issue, find people who can help you solve, and do exercises that work around it but still build up those areas. Other times you just have to pop some ibuprofen and do the best you can until the meet is over, but the worst thing you can do is quit when things aren't going your way. This meet prep for me has been good in the sense that all my lifts are improving but bad in that this has been the most injury-plagued prep yet. Normally I can make it through a prep just fine a few bumps and bruises along the way but this one has been trying, to say the least. So far I've popped a rib out, injured my right shoulder to the point where I couldn't even raise my hand up and just recently had a slight strain in my calf. This has forced me to look into different modalities of training and it has allowed me to look long term how can I prevent this from happening again, now if I just quit I would have never gotten better in those aspects and I wouldn't have grown as a coach and athlete all things I try to do on a daily basis, so what better way to do that than under the bar. Things are on the up and up and I couldn't be happier with where I am...

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-...

#GrandGoals is a double-edged sword, for most of us the meaning of grand goals can universally apply to those big dreams and goals we aim to achieve in life. For Chris Duffin, it stands for that as well as a goal he set out to accomplish of deadlifting and squatting 1000 pounds as the lightest man in history ever to do so. This post and compilation video follows along as he discusses details relating to training leading into the 1000lb deadlift attempt. Make sure to subscribe to Chris' YouTube channel and FB/IG pages and follow along! Reflecting on what has been accomplished over the course of this training cycle its pretty incredible to see what I've pushed through.  Here is the tail end of the last several weeks of the training cycle over-layed with a discussion by Coach Brandon and myself.  We touch on the approach used over the last 6 months to give you and understanding of the process.  Future articles detailing the specifics of these approaches will be released in the coming months as well by both of us. We have been collecting data along this whole process and are working to come up with a unified approach and article describing the unique training methods and programming decisions we made with the #GrandGoals training plan. Please enjoy the video and don't be afraid to share.  The training itself is pretty epic as noted in the title, but the value in the information shared will be of incredible benefit.  This video also articulates the value of a coach and the iterative approach to developing and managing a training plan between a coach and an athlete, something oft forgotten in today's age of "internet coaches". Enjoy and stay strong!...