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Chris Duffin joins us in studio to talk about his unique approach to life, rehab, and training. He also breaks down the training that led up to his 881 squat at 220 lbs bodyweight, a record that was recently broken by Sam Byrd. Chris still holds a Guinness World Record for the most weight deadlifted in one minute at 17,010 pounds (42 reps of 405lbs), and recently introduces his own shoulder pre-hab/rehab tool, the ShouldeRok.We also talk about the recent powerlifting controversies cropping in social media, and how little they really matter. Also, there is a poop story.Mark Bell (@marksmellybell) hosts with Michael Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@JimMcDSTTV). Producer Jim McDonald.Listen to PodcastSubscribe to Chris' YouTube Channel Instagram Twitter Facebook...

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World record-setting powerlifter Chris Duffin embodies what Teddy Roosevelt called “the strenuous life.” Not only has he trained hard to lift superhuman amounts of weight, but he’s strived to be the best man he can be in his family and professional life. Chris came from a life of poverty, but through grit and drive he’s been able to create a great life for himself and his family. You’ve got to read his backstory; if there’s such a thing as a self-made man, Duffin is it. Chris and I talk about strength training and why men should be physically strong, but we also discuss how he has managed to balance family, work, and competitive powerlifting. Lots of great takeaways from this show.

Show Highlights

How Chris went from living in a condemned trailer as a child to becoming a corporate executive, owning his own gym, and setting powerlifting world records
A crash-course on the world of powerlifting
Why a man should strive to become a “Kabuki Warrior”
How physical strength helps a man become a pillar of strength in his family and community

Well after the dieting to get into range of making the 220 class this last meet I've decided to just keep rolling with it. Its been a year since I've done a photo shoot for marketing of my products and services and the images are getting a little to recycled.Since I was already down quite a bit the dieting has essentially been consisting of carb depletion workouts. So I have not been tracking exactly what I've been doing as its just high rep volume work in place of doing low intensity cardio which i hate.In these last two weeks I'm down around 1800kcal a day to pull the last bit of fat off. My estrogen levels have been very high following this last meet so removing the lower abdominal fat has been a struggle and probably won't get it all off. At the moment I'm on a full keto diet which I do not prefer for performance reasons. But its prep work for getting the muscles to refill when I carb load for the shoot and keep the water off.Training 6 days a week basically following a 3 day repeating pattern.Day 1 - Legs and related Day 2 - Back Day 3 - Pressing Day 4 - Legs and related Day 5 - Back Day 6 - Pressingarms are mixed in daily or every other day.Here are some shots of what I'm looking like right now. I'm very flat and depleted so I look far from great. but confident that will turn around when I pull the water off and fill the muscles back out....

chris in march #2

Well this last week was an incredibly challenging week. I finished off my cut and did a photo shoot on Tuesday followed immediately by flying out to the Arnold on Wednesday. What made this challenging is the fact I was incredibly sick all week so the travel, lack of sleep, and long NON-STOP days at the Arnold killed me. However I couldn’t have had a better week honestly. It was an incredible time meeting and interacting with fans, customers, and friends I don’t see very often. Dave allowed me and my team into the compound to get some training in as well so big thanks to him and EliteFTS.

For this photo shoot my goal was to come in much more filled out than the last one. The one I did last year I got quite lean for but my face was so drawn I was not that recognizable. So we were unable to use a lot of the images for marketing material because I didn’t look like me or looked scary. This time I started the carb up early and hit it pretty hard after the 2 week carb depletion I did running into the shoot. While this did result in a lot more spillover and soft loping appearance of he abdominal area than I would have liked to have seen I’m quite pleased wight the results. Got some great images and I look like myself. And considering this is only the second time I have done this with very little experience to pull from I’m pleased.

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Dear Coach,

I was wondering if I could get some advice on protein intake. Recently I’ve been eating a bit more but my meals haven’t been balanced and I feel like my progress is shortened to a point because of it. Today for breakfast I randomly decided to have a huge breakfast consisting of lots of grains, fruits, vitamins, and oatmeal. This breakfast totalled out to be about 70-90 grams of protein, as well as lots of calories and carbs. This is one of the first times I have ever eaten a breakfast this big and it had a huge effect on my vitality and energy throughout the day.

It seems nowadays everybody wants to be jacked and tan, well I am here to tell you that sometimes you need to just get big, strong, and FLUFFY. If you are always on a quest to get lean and wondering why your lifts aren’t going up, but hey you look good with your shirt off right? So than why the hell do you compete in a sport that the strongest person wins, not the leanest or the tannest but the one who can lift the most weight possible. If you’re reading this and think who cares about being that strong I want to look good and be kinda strong so i can get all the likes on instagram then maybe you should actually compete in a BB or physique show where looks matter. Now I’m not saying go to the store everyday and eat all the chocolate bars and ice cream, but you will be eating that stuff if you really want to gain some weight. Adding muscle and size is extremely hard to come by if you can add albs of muscle to your frame a year you’re lucky, but take any person and you can drop 20-30lbs in a 8-12 week diet. So its time to put up your squeems, stop the salads and cardio and get ready to get huge and strong.

I am starting this series of back to the basics to simplify all the information that is out there on nutrition. There is so much information out there and new studies are coming out all the time. All this is great but sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and people spend way to much time reading instead of just starting. Knowledge is great so I definitely recommend reading what you can and learning from the people who have been there and done that but the best advice I can give you is just get started and make adjustments as you go.

First things first lets cover the most important part of every diet, calorie consumption. Simply put if you want to lose weight than you need to eat less calories than you are burning. So basically you need to be in a calorie deficit, there are two ways to do this. You can either exercise more to burn off calories or eat less. If you combine the two, exercise and a proper diet, the results will be that much better. So first you need to figure out how many calories you need to consume to maintain weight. This is called your resting metabolic rate and to calculate that you need to multiply your bodyweight by 12. Now this is just a very general rule of thumb if you have a physically active job than you multiply it by 15. Everyone is different but this will give you a decent base plan to follow. If you want more info on how to set up your diet check out this article I wrote a while back.

In this interview I sit down with up-and-coming raw bench press specialist Leroy "The Machine" Walker. Leroy is 38 years old and has a 675-pound competition bench press to his name with a narrow miss at 705 pounds at Relentless Detroit last year following a bar misload. Leroy started in the sport in his teenage years but took a break from lifting and competing for a number of years in his late 20's and 30's. In his return to the sport he is making a quick name for himself in his quest to be the next 700+ raw bencher.It is evident in our discussion that Leroy is a 'tactician' when it comes to his training approach. He gives a lot of thought to what he is doing and is constantly assessing his press, training methodology, and recovery methods. It was a pleasure to be able to have some time to begin discussing some of these topics. While we only scratched the surface in this interview, we made plans to dive further into depth in a series of interviews in the future. Look forward to more great lifting from Leroy "The Machine" Walker as well as more content from this gentleman in the future.Watch Chris Duffin and Leroy Walker [wpdevart_youtube]cabBbM7kgho[/wpdevart_youtube]...

If you have ever played baseball, or really any rotational sport, you have experienced some type of groin pain. You have probably had tightness, you may have felt pulls, and you have lost time within your craft because of it. What most don’t know are the actual causes for the issues, the impact it has elsewhere in your body, and easy ways to relieve nagging groin issues. That’s where this article comes in! Groin tightness, also known as adductor tightness, is as common, if not more common than shoulder issues within the baseball and overhead athlete community. The common trend to take care of these issues is to stretch your groin (think groiners and the butterfly stretch) and maybe develop some strength through your glutes with a clam shell or other glute specific exercise. This common protocol might bring temporary relief, but nothing that will actually stick and have a positive impact on performance. To see what really works we need to start with a little deeper understanding of how the adductors work and what is causing the tightness.