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Recently I published a well-received article, Using Your Body’s Mobility and Stability Mechanisms to Drive Performance. This article provided some excellent analogies to articulate the principals at play to drive the improved power transfer and increased distal mobility through focus on proximal stability. In the following four-part video series, I dive deeper into some specific approaches to accomplish this in practice and beyond just an academic discussion.

The first video in the series is another introductory discussion video. It is the beginning of a lecture I recently did for some DC students and Rehab2Performance members at UWS. Due to the audience, I mostly speak to the topic of ‘treating’ the peripheral or the outputs of poor movement or inadequate proximal stability. In my seminar series and certifications I spend a great deal of time on the difference between ‘coaching’ the peripheral versus how to coach the operating mechanics of quality movement patterns.


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One of the greatest things about powerlifting is that it is a sport of passion. There are not careers made or money of any significance for winning big meets. The athletes are in the sport and stay in the sport for purely personal reasons. This is what makes the community so strong and why people identify themselves as powerlifters. Success in the sport also generally takes a long time and so this level of commitment beyond extrinsic rewards is a requirement. The downside of all this is that the sport requires the ability to balance competing priorities for time in life.

This is a struggle we all face. For those that have either highly competitive lifting careers, professional careers, or other competing demands, it becomes an even greater struggle.

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In this interview, I sit down with Ryan “Bench Monster” Kennelly. Ryan recently took a several year hiatus from the sport after dominating the shirted bench press world for quite some time. Ryan has more over 1000-pound competition bench presses than any other lifter. His best record-setting lift was an incredible 1075. Many people probably are not aware that of benchers of his caliber, Ryan is one of the very few who have never had any major pec or shoulder issue requiring medical intervention. Ryan is a master of the technical aspect of benching and doing so safely to preserve his lifting career. In this interview we discuss his return to the sport and his goals.

WATCH: Chris Duffin Interviews All-Time Record Holder Sam Byrd

Chris Duffin, world renowned powerlifter and coach, is this week’s featured guest on the podcast.

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Chris is an elite level powerlifter, coach, inventor, owner of Elite Performance Center, and founder of KabukiStrength.com. His goal is to inspire and motivate men to chase their dreams despite adversity – to think bigger, dream bigger, and BE bigger and stronger than they’ve ever thought possible.

His most recent endeavor – Kabuki.ms – is an innovative new web tool for learning and coaching proper movement patterns.

I’m excited to talk with Chris today about his approach to training, coaching, and the movement principles that have become the foundation for his new online coaching tool, Kabuki.ms.

March 10, 2016 Stuart McGill, University of Waterloo and Backfitpro Inc. Most patients rarely receive the most important part of the prescription to get rid of back pain from their doctor – the knowledge and understanding of their condition required to become their own best advocate. They remain clueless and frustrated, left in the dark about what behaviors must be stopped in order to alleviate the cause of their pain. As well they need guidance as what is required to build a pain-free foundation that will allow them to get back to enjoying all their usual activities.

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Getting “passive” treatments such as prescriptions for pain medication without a plan to stop the cause itself rarely creates a long-term solution. While medication may be a part of a broader approach, a thorough assessment of an individual’s specific pain triggers will identify a pain mechanism that will guide a targeted treatment plan.

March 10, 2016
Dr. Justin Dean

Read more of what Dr.Dean is up to on his site – http://drjustindean.com/

If you quickly peruse popular strength training magazines, blogs and Vlogs (video blogs) it is common to see a majority of the content reference core and hip training. These areas are important to human function, but I would like to draw some attention to the body part we cover up, hide and neglect, despite it providing the evolutionary ability for upright locomotion, the foot.

Learning about training the hips and core in terms of endurance, strength, power and coordination are all extremely important, and should be implemented into training the foot for optimal performance. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the importance of how properly integrating the foot into training protocols will increase neural output (performance) of the entire locomotor system.

February 2, 2016

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Chris Duffin is an Ex Corporate Executive turned Inventor and Movement professional.

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He has positioned himself uniquely in the fitness world bridging the gap between (and working with both) the top clinical rehab and sports professionals in the world and the in the trenches athletes and S&C coaches.

He promotes and uses evidence-based approaches in developing his coaching and cueing methodologies and strength training equipment.

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In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Chris Duffin takes us on his journey to becoming a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Powerlifter, Movement Specialist, and Founder of Kabuki Warrior. During this interview, Chris dives deep into his training principles for better movement patterns and performance.

More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About:

CLACKAMAS, OREGON - Mar 16, 2014 - Chris Duffin, owner of Elite Performance Center, sumo-style dead-lifted a total of 17,010 pounds in a minute, shattering the current Guinness record of 10,535 pounds. Adrian Larsen attempted to break the record for heaviest bench press in one minute. The powerlifting event benefitted powerlifter and bouncer Brian Rizzo, who was shot on Jan. 11, 2014 while working at the Mystic Gentleman's Club. Emily Jan/The Oregonian...