Experimenting at the Khabuki Strength

CPT SMASH playing around with some awesome toys at Khabuki Strength Lab, Transformer bar and Duffalo bar.

One of my all time favorite things to do while on vacation is to go and visit the cool gyms from around the world.

This gym happens to be in my old stomping grounds in Portland, Oregon -- the Khabuki Strength Lab.

This gym is pure blood and guts.  It's got everything an experienced lifter could want and more.  Super impressed with the facility, the staff and coaches.

I even got chewed out a bit by the legend Chris Duffin, which was a bit unnerving but warranted for me being a dumbass.  I can admit it, I get excited just like everyone else.  It's not everyday you get to lift with great equipment and super awesome people.

Totally wish we could have stayed in town a few more days to train with the team.  Maybe next time...

At any rate, had a great experience playing around with the Duffalo Bar and Transformer Bar.  We added those to the lab this year (2018).


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Jess Howland

Jesse "Captain Smash" Howland is the owner of SMASH’s Strength Lab, which offers targeted personal training to reach a variety of fitness and physique goals. A natural bodybuilder, competitive powerlifter, certified personal trainer, and nutrition coach, Jesse is often the go-to resource for personal training Ottawa. He studied Exercise Science at Oregon State University and even trained at the world famous Gold's Gym. He's a former US Army Captain with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a former blog writer at Veterans Fitness Career College, and former Chief Executive Officer at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). His workouts and personal training are army-inspired to help reach your weightloss, athletic, or physique goals.