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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.
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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.




Strength Chat #73: Dr. Ken Kinakin, founder of SWIS Symposium

Those of you professionals in the clinical and strength words are sure to know about SWIS, shorthand for the "Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists". Our guest today is the man behind SWIS and the annual SWIS Symposium, Dr. Ken Kinakin. Kabuki Strength is no stranger to SWIS, with host Chris Duffin having spoken multiple times at SWIS and will again be presenting this year along with our Director of Coaching and Performance aka The Wizard of Training - Brandon Senn. Tune in to...


Strength Chat #72: Molly Galbraith from GirlsGoneStrong

Today's guest is a true pioneer and legend in the strength and fitness worlds, and we are honored to have her on Strength Chat. She is the co-founder and leader of a movement that has empowered hundreds of thousands of women around the world reach their health and fitness goals. Molly Galbraith is an extraordinary person, full of compassion and contagious willpower that touches and inspires those around her. She has dedicated her life's work to helping women "discover all the...


Strength Chat #71: Chris Karmin

Welcome to another episode of Strength Chat! Today's guest is longtime Kabuki Strength friend and coaching client Chris Karmin! As the co-owner of Mt. Vernon Barbell Club in New York City and an elite-level strength athlete, Chris lives and breathes powerlifting when he's not building skyscrapers in Manhattan! Cool fact: Chris was one of the steelworkers who built the Freedom Tower! Chris, Brandon, and Brady (Dr. Rudolph was out today) talk to Chris about his training, working with Kabuki...


Strength Chat #70: Joe Szymanek

Today our hosts sit down with Joe Szymanek, an accomplished coach, athlete, and most recently author! Although he has many credentials to his name, and has competed in a high-level in both CrossFit and weightlifting - it's clear immediately that Joe is just as passionate about introducing little ones to movement, strength, and health from an early age. Joe recently authored the book "Luci Meets a Powerlifter" and says... "I developed Luci Meets a Powerlifter with the hope of cultivating an...


Strength Chat #69: Stan Efferding

Stan "The Rhino" Efferding, AKA The World's Strongest Bodybuilder - is one of the most respected and well known names and faces in the strength and fitness world. Stan is no stranger to us, he is a local Portland native and even trained at Kabuki Strength before it was called Kabuki Strength! In today's episode our hosts talk to Stan about his latest ventures and dig deep into some nutritional and science topics that are sure to pique the curiosities of our readers. This episode was also...


Strength Chat #68: Ryan Lockard | Specialty Athletic Training

Ryan Lockard and his team at Specialty Athletic Training work with a population of individuals who have been mostly forgotten and overlooked by the fitness world - those with special needs. Perhaps nobody we've had on the show thus far better embodies our mission and vision of "making the world a better place through strength" than Ryan and his team. As one parent put it... "There is a special place in heaven for you and each and every one of your staff." In his own words - the mission...


Strength Chat #67: Ben Pollack

Finally on the show is one of this generation's greatest lifters and genuises, Ben Pollack! Our hosts get some insight from Ben on his recent competition preps, as well as his transition into bodybuilding and competing in powerlifting as one of the leanest powerlifters today. Know as "PhDeadlift" on social media, Ben is finishing up his doctoral degree and is one of the most educated and insightful competitors to grace the platform. This is a great episode you don't want to me. As a...


Strength Chat #66: Christian Thibaudeau and Paul Carter

Today's guests are like two peas in a pod. Paul Carter and Christian Thibaudeau have been professionally collaborating together for many years and many projects. Both are internationally-recognized strength coaches and producers of high quality content in the bodybuilding and strength training worlds. Together they are hosting the "Maximum Muscle Seminar" taking place in a few months here at Kabuki Strength Lab, but for now enjoy the discussions on neurological profiling and personality...


Strength Chat #65: Marisa Inda

We are honored to host Marisa Inda, an incredible athlete, coach, writer, and ambassador for the sport! Marisa is the current IPF Champion at 52kg and holds the total, bench, and deadlift world records for that weight class as well. She is a respected strength coach at Juggernaut Training Systems, and has authored several books and countless resources for strength athletes. Marisa is a graduate in Biology from Antioch College, incredible mother of two, and a former gymnast with over 20...


Strength Chat #64: Dr. Jordan Shallow | The Muscle Doc

We are thrilled to have the Muscle Doc on today's episode - Dr. Jordan Shallow! Dr. Shallow is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, and has been a competitive athlete himself for over 15 years! Dr. Shallow utilizes a wide variety of non-invasive techniques, far beyond the chiropractic adjustment. He focuses on addressing the entire tensegrity model of the body. Everything from joints to tendons, ligaments and muscles. Every aspect of injury is considered in returning his...


Strength Chat #63: Mark Smelly Bell

After a short hiatus, we're back! This week's guest is one of the most recognizable names in the barbell game, Mark "Smelly" Bell! Inventor, content-creator, podcaster, powerlifter, and coach - Mark is one of the most influential and respected names in the strength world. Mark came down to the Lab to film this episode in person - so if you want to watch instead of listen - head over to our YouTube channel and check out the video cast instead! Today's episode is full of laughter but also...


Strength Chat #62: Daniel McKim

Dan McKim is one of the most decorated highland games athletes in history, with 4 world titles and 6 national titles. Tune in to learn more about Dan's past and his experience being an elite-level athlete in an awesome sport that many don't know about. Dan provides you, the listener, with resources if you are interested in training for, or competing in highland games. Another great episode with one of the top professionals in his field! As always, share, comment, like, review and tell all...


Strength Chat #61: Eric Helms

Today's guest is Eric Helms, well-known coach, athlete, author, and educator. Tune in as our hosts take a dive deep into auto-regulation in what is probably our most technical discussion on the topic. This one is a great one for you strength science nerds! Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for several fitness publications He’s taught undergraduate and graduate level nutrition and exercise science courses and is invited...


Strength Chat Episode 60: Paul Carter

Today's guest is author, coach, and well known meathead Paul Carter! Paul owns and operates his own company Lift Run Bang and produces content for various platforms like T-Nation, EliteFTS, and Flex Magazine as well as his own. He is the co-author of the Maximum Muscle Bible and just recently released his Super Soldier Protocol. Paul is actually coming down to the Lab for a seminar he is hosting along with Christian Thibaudeau in August! Great episode with lots of talk about gains in the...


Strength Chat #59: Kirk Karwoski and Marty Gallagher

We are thrilled to host two LEGENDS on today's episode of Strength Chat! Kirk Karwoski - known as Captain Kirk - and Marty Gallagher, one of the best powerlifting coaches in the sport's history sit down with our hosts and reminisce on the golden age of powerlifting. Learn about how Marty coached Kirk, Ed Coan, and other world champions and hear interesting stories from the weight room as told by none other than Captain Kirk himself. An entertaining and informative listen, this episode is...


Strength Chat #58: Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll is no stranger to injury and rehab. After being assessed by Dr. Stuart McGill, he was told that he has one of the worst backs Dr. McGill has ever seen. The story doesn't end there however - and with the good doctor's help Brian was able to come back healthier than ever. Brian is also known for writing 10/20/Life as well as co-authoring The Gift of Injury with Dr. McGill. He is one of the top powerlifters of his generation and has loads of wisdom and knowledge to share with our...


Strength Chat #57: Ben Pakulski

This week's guest is one of the top IFBB Pro bodybuilders of the last decade - Ben Pakulski. He is recently retired but continues on by sharing knowledge and training athletes as part of his MI40 program and organization. On this episode our hosts sit down and talk hypertrophy and training principles with Ben, who has an incredible amount of knowledge when it comes to gaining muscle and training for bodybuilding. We hope you enjoy this episode of Strength Chat, and make sure to check out...


Strength Chat #56: Martin Bingisser

Today's Strength Chat guest is Martin Bingisser, all the way from Switzerland! Martin is a hammer thrower and coaches the Swiss national track team. He worked alongside and under Anatoli Bondarchuk, known as one of the most successful throwing coaches of all time. Martin also publishes content online on his site - HMMRMedia, which is a great resource for coaches and athletes from many disciplines. As always - tune in, share with your friends, and stay strong of mind and body friends!


Strength Chat #55: Team Roundtable

This week's episode is a live Q&A Roundtable where we take questions from our live listeners and IG audience and answer them live. Sitting in for Dr. Rudolph is Coach Brady, the skinniest man to deadlift 700 pounds. As always, make sure to comment, leave a review, and of course tell your friends about us!


Strength Chat #54: Chad Aichs

Today's episode is much more personal than our typical episode. Our guest - live and in-person at the Kabuki Strength Studio - is one of the strongest men in the world in his day, Chad Aichs. Chad is a long-time friend of Kabuki and the Mad Scientist, and on today's show he opens up and shares his incredible story of a battle with depression, insomnia, and despair that he was determined to win, and did win. Chad Aichs is a world class and elite powerlifter in the SHW division. He began...