6-Month Rule | Curing Ourselves Of Shiny Object Syndrome

chris duffin Jul 05, 2016

Oftentimes I get questions about pieces of my training that show up on log, and many times I don’t answer these questions. What may surprise you is that I’m actually doing you a favor by not answering. It is human nature to get excited with new things, like new toys or ideas. The “shiny object syndrome” is in all of us at varying levels. As a human being, it’s important to recognize this and particularly if you hold influence of any sort in your field. Hell, I’d argue in todays social media age, we all need to be aware of this. Just think; if everyone had to wait a year before they could have posted about how awesome their Bullet-Proof coffee was, would they still post it? By now, we have seen that the novelty has worn off and most no longer do it. My choice to intentionally delay stating an opinion, what I call the 6-Month Rule, prevents me from endorsing fads that might not stick around, like the Bulletproof coffee trend.

 

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#SMEP For Success | Single Minute (9min Or Less) Exercise Prep

chris duffin Jun 28, 2016

As the founder of a popular movement website I feel it’s my duty to tell you that I want you to limit the amount of exercise prep that you perform. Yes, I said limit your exercise prep, not do more. In recent years I’ve seen a trend for mobility, movement priming, and other means of exercise preparation. While this trend is very positive over the just ‘grind through the pain’ mentality of the past, there is such a thing as ‘too much’. Just like anything else, people seem to jump right to the “if a little bit is great, then more must be better” approach.

If you are doing 45min of prep work and 30min of training, then you’re doing something wrong! In fact your preparation work should not exceed 10min. Keep it to 9min or less of preparation work prior to training! We call this the #SMEP approach or Single Minute Exercise Prep.

So why isn’t more better? Simply put, it just...

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The Duffalo Bar Can Be An Offensive Lineman’s Best Friend

rudy kadlub Jun 15, 2016

Rudy Kadlub (the writer) is Co-Owner and CEO of Kabuki Strength and is an active competitive powerlifter. Since beginning his powerlifting career twelve years ago at age 55 he has set 25 American and 24 World records.

Jacob Lonowski is currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at Georgia State University where he trains Softball, Baseball and Women’s Track & Field. While playing football at Georgia Tech he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Specialization in Information Technology Management and then his Master’s of Science from Georgia State University in Exercise Science with a Specialization in Exercise Physiology. Also, he is certified by the NSCA as a CSCS and by the CSCCa as a SCCC. It is best to reach him through email at [email protected], he always very eager to learn & share.

Chris Duffin and I recently attended the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches annual convention in...

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Kelly Starrett And Chris Duffin Discuss Movement

chris duffin May 31, 2016

In this piece Kelly Starrett and Chris Duffin are clearly fired up and addressing topics in a rapid-fire fashion. Starrett and Duffin quickly hit on and address numerous topics on movement mechanicsMuch of the focus of the discussion surrounds the future of role of the responsibility of the strength coach. Duffin and Starrett challenge the status quo of the current role and when clinical intervention is brought in. Both articulate that these roles need to change, but this also involves people on both ends of this spectrum needing to “up their game”. Clearly defining what those roles are and then educating to those expectations will reduce injury rates and improve performance of athletes.

Kelly and Chris also clarify the expectations on what athletes are doing for prep work. While both provide significant education online via the MWOD and KABUKI.MS platforms they find some people take this prep work to far. Standards for length of time and what is done...

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Rudy Kadlub’s HemiCAP Journey Begins

rudy kadlub May 12, 2016

After eleven years as a competitive powerlifter (24 World and 25 American titles), my shoulder joints have been reduced to bone on bone. Osteoarthritis is defined as the wearing away of the cartilage which cushions the joint. Most people over 60 years of age with this condition are subjected to shoulder replacement surgery, which is an invasive procedure involving the removal of the head of the humerus and the installation of a titanium rod with a titanium ball on top, into the bone marrow of the humerus itself. I was told a number of years ago by my orthopedic surgeon that I would not be able to lift heavy ever again if I undertook such an operation. Therefore, I continued to train with severe pain rather than end my career. My training partner, John Hare, has literally had to shove me under the bar for the last four years in order to get into position to squat-a very painful movement.

I continued to ask my surgeon if any new techniques had been developed for the shoulder like the...

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Why You Think You Suck At Cutting Weight

chris duffin May 07, 2016

Let’s talk about cutting for competition.

You want to drop down a weight class and you want to do it all within a 12 week prep cycle. You decide to drastically drop calories, throw in a bunch of unnecessary cardio to achieve any kind of weight loss, no matter the cost. Training starts off well, you’re dropping pounds but still getting stronger. Everything looks absolutely sunny.

But as the weeks go on, you get smaller and smaller and feel more and more rundown.Your lifts suffer, but you accept it as a temporary thing, thinking that it is all part of the plan. But the fatigue and the failed lifts with weights you used to do a few weeks ago are starting to get to you. Maybe power through because you don’t want to gain the weight back and still be weak so you keep dropping to justify the weaker lifts.

The meet comes you make weight! Congratulations! You’re finally free of the cut, and treat yourself to what could only be considered a breakfast made to feed...

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When Bad Discs Happen To Strong People

By Phillip Snell, DC
Chiropractic Physician
Creator of FixYourOwnBack.com

On occasion, I refer to a formative patient I had in my chiropractic practice many years ago. I call him Carl. Carl was a big strong guy that had lifted heavy and played hard for most of his life. While his prior activity was apparent in his physical frame as he sat in front of me, it was juxtaposed by his emotional state. Carl was crying…and not just a trace tear on the cheek, either. This grown man was sobbing and fortunately for me, it was tears of joy. He had suffered a disc injury while lifting, and subsequently re—injured it several times. He’d seen a handful of chiropractors who painfully bounced on him to try to get some magic crack, but made him feel worse about as often as it made him feel better. He’d had more needles stuck into him than his mother’s pin cushion. He’d seen many physicians and surgeons who had all given some sort of advice that resembled...

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I’m Not OLD, I’m a Mature Athlete

rudy kadlub Apr 11, 2016

After reviewing the x-ray of my shoulder which I had hurt on the ski hill a few weeks earlier, my doctor said to me in his office “there’s nothing structurally wrong with it, just a little bursitis. You’re just getting old”. I was 54 at the time and my first thought was: “Screw you! I refuse to accept that I cannot continue to lead an active lifestyle”. Hell, except for a nagging pain in the shoulder that wouldn’t go away, I still skied and water-skied and felt like I did 10 years earlier. I was not going to sit on the couch and become a spectator and wither away. That doctor’s words resonated with me and motivated me. I refused to believe I was getting “old”, in fact, at that moment I banned the word from my vocabulary and proclaimed myself a “mature athlete”. I immediately embarked on a mission to rehab my shoulder and to get into the weight room to get strong and fit.

If you, too, were born between 1946 and...

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Watch: Investigating ‘The Reset System’

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Shawn Sherman and Jonathan Loos of The Reset System. They visited our facility over the course of a couple days and used their method on a number of our athletes. We were able to see some immediate results in a number of them as well as observe them diagnose known issues (unknown to them) with several of them in a very quick fashion.

RESET is a revolutionary restorative movement system that pinpoints and eliminates the joint dysfunctions that cause us to compensate with our posture and movement. Over the course of our lives, stress causes our bodies to acquire joint dysfunctions which, in turn, causes us to compensate elsewhere, which puts excess stress where it doesn’t need to be, and weakness where there should be stability. In order to reap the full benefits of physical activity we need flawless posture and movement. RESET removes the flaws and restores natural posture and movement.

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Interview With Dr. Stuart McGill On Tuning The Human Body For Performance

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In this two part series, Chris Duffin sits down with Dr. Stuart McGill, of of the leading researchers on Biomechanics in the world. He is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada). His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts and elite athletes and teams from around the world. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to him for consultation.

In this rare interview, Dr. McGill and Chris share their passion for engineering and design outside of the human body and movement. They reach into discussions about vehicle suspension and chassis design and relate the same processes to ‘tuning’ of the human body for performance.

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