The “Too” Word: Wisdom From A Man Turning 69 Who Started Lifting Weights At 55

rudy kadlub Apr 10, 2018

I’m tired of hearing several times a week from people I know, or come across, the “too” word when it comes to exercise!

I’m sure you hear it as well from your co-workers, neighbors, parents or grandparents. “I’m too old to lift weights, or my knees are too sore to walk, run, ski or fill in the ______. It pains me to hear folks say “I’m in too much pain to do this or do that. Too heavy, too weak, too busy…blah, blah, blah.

Hey if your feeling pain, at least you’re alive! But who wants to live that way?

Obesity, back pain, hip and shoulder issues have reached epidemic proportions in today’s America. Americans, simply put, have become a nation of overweight and out of shape organisms living in pain and agony with a ticking time bomb behind their breast pocket ready to blow at the event of a sudden exertion.

Am I calling out everyone? Of course not! There are...

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Rudy Kadlub’s HemiCap Follow-Up

rudy kadlub Nov 29, 2017

It has now been twelve and eighteen months, respectively, since I had hemicap surgery on my left and right shoulders. Performed by Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic, the shoulder surgeries have performed better than I had hoped. In reviewing the introductory article I wrote in June of 2016, my goal then was to rehab the right shoulder ahead of the October surgery on the left, and to get back on the platform by the spring of 2017. I can report now that the second surgery was equally successful as was the follow up rehab work led by PT’s Jim Cavin (right) and Jason Vila (left) at North Lake Physical therapy who pushed me to the limit. It was a long, frustrating road as I wanted the pain to subside sooner than it did. However, by using our Duffalo and Transformer Bars, I was able to train the squat well ahead of regaining the shoulder range of motion necessary to get my myself under a straight bar and the Duffalo bar allowed me to start benching sooner...

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Rudy Kadlub’s Hemicap Surgery Recap

rudy kadlub Dec 28, 2016

Surgery was exactly four weeks ago and after spending the first three weeks in a right-arm (sling which severely hampers the ability to type) I have been released to begin rehab work. In addition to the resurfacing procedure of the joint, the surgeon repaired my bicep tendon which had become frayed by the interaction with the raw bone. The first few sessions consisted of the therapist performing passive circumduction. We quickly moved to pendulum swings and then pulley work to extend range of motion frontal and then abduction. Because of the nature of the surgery and the need to cut through the infraspinatus to get to the joint, I will be restricted to just 20 degrees of external rotation for another three weeks. However, I can already tell that the severe pain from the osteoarthritis in the shoulder is gone and that this was absolutely the right decision. It will allow me to get back to full competition after rehab.

In my third PT session, I took a Boomstick in to demonstrate its...

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Five Directives For Creating A Longer, Healthier Life At 50+

rudy kadlub Dec 27, 2016


About Fifteen years ago, when I was then older than most of you readers are today, my doctor gave me three keys to a long and healthy life:

  1. Pick your parents
  2. Take a baby aspirin every day
  3. Exercise every day that ends in “y”

If you’re reading this then you can eliminate directive number as no one gets to select the DNA they are born with. Obviously, your chromosomal makeup plays a vital role in who you are physically and mentally. Your genes determine your eye and hair color, your body type, height, I.Q. blood type, susceptibility or resistance to certain ailments or diseases and thousands of other features that make you unique. You may have “good genes” that bless you with good health or you may have inherited a body type that is less than athletic or an immune system that is not as robust as the average person.

However, you can control your what you do with the body and mind that was given to you at birth. At age 67, I have tried to adhere to items...

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The Power Of Thought – Part 1

rudy kadlub Dec 15, 2016

Body and mind

Sport Psychology, though not new, in theory has gained widespread practice in the past two decades. Today’s athletes and teams at all levels employ professional sports psychologists to assist in the acquisition of both fine and gross motor skills and to achieve the highest mental focus and self-confidence levels necessary to optimize physical performance.

An Eye on the End Game

A wise man, maybe it was Yogi Berra, once said “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” To translate: without a goal, dream or purpose in your life you are adrift in a massive ocean in a boat without a sail or a rudder. With no end game in mind, millions of humans stumble through careers, diets, relationships and leisure time resulting in mediocre income, poor health, loneliness, and boredom.

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

The Power of Thought is immeasurably critical in the development...

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Rudy Kadlub’s Bench Post Hemicap Surgery

rudy kadlub Jul 29, 2016

As rehab from hemicap surgery continues, I want to give a shout out to PT, Jim Cavin, LMT, Jim Freda and my long time training partner, John Hare for their programming, encouragement and “hands on” work to get the shoulder to a point of getting under the bar again. My initial bench work was with the Bandbell Bamboo bar with light suspended plates and high reps (3×50). In this video, we are using the Thompson Fat Pad for better shoulder support and the Duffalo Bar by #KabukiStrength for better shoulder joint centration. With the bar loaded to 147 lbs. we are using a two board to reduce the extended range of motion normally afforded by the Duffalo Bar. The goal is to take the Duffalo Bar to the chest as my ROM improves. The proprietary bends in the Duffalo Bar took away all the shoulder pain that I experienced just three days prior benching with a straight bar loaded to just 105lbs. At Kabuki Strength we encourage the use of the Duffalo Bar as a primary training...

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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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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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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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Rudy Kadlub, Masters Powerlifter – The Power Of Thought

rudy kadlub Mar 11, 2016

Rudy Kadlub, 65, co-owns Kabuki Strength in Portland, OR with business partner, Chris Duffin. It’s important that you get a sense for who he is before you put merit into his content (and you should). An American and World Record power lifter in three age divisions (22 World and 23 American/National records in four federations over a 10 year Masters career), Rudy is a former college football coach (UC Davis, University of Northern Colorado, and Boise State). He holds a master’s degree in Psychological Kinesiology from UNC where he also did his doctoral work in Sports Psychology. He’s also currently the strongest drug free 60+ Powerlifter in the world!

Today, Kadlub is a successful real estate executive and developer of not one, but two of America’s most highly acclaimed master planned communities, Orenco Station in Hillsboro, Oregon and Villebois in Wilsonville, Oregon. In addition, he recently started a commercial land brokerage business in...

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