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The Duffin Movement Systems A Complete Education on Coaching and Cueing Barbell Movements Based on Operational Mechanics vs Peripheral Observation while Learning to do a Full Movement Assessment and Corrections on the same principals Background on this Approach This is the only complete approach like this being taught. It is not only innovative but grounded in science pulling form multiple disciplines to create this unique system. Chris has been a competitive athlete for 25 years achieving multiple world records and 15 years of coaching.  He has combined that experience with his engineering and continuous learning mindset.  By seeking out and learning directly from some of the best rehab and sports clinicians around that set the course for the rest of the field, he has been able to collaborate, refine, and test this approach over the years. In addition to his own records Chris is an even more successful coach having coached more All-Time Record setting Powerlifters than any other Coach in the world.What you will learn - How to coach and cue the core lifts based on operational mechanics vs peripheral observation - How to use the core lifts as a full movement assessment - How to then apply correction to:Scapular Stabilization Scapular to Core Integration Shoulder and Thoracic Mobility Core Stability (Proper IAP and Breathing Patterns) Glute & Adductor Balance and Core Integration Hip Mobility Bulletproofing the Back or Training with Disc Injuries Safely While Rehabbing- Special exercises for developing weak areas or firing pattern issues. - Mental preparation to achieve success as an athlete, coach, career, and life. - Open Q&A onProgram Organization Velocity Based Training Any other topicsDMS Certification has 2 Phases2 days of intensive hands on training 90 day online course diving deeper than we could ever go in a 2 day weekend  (Certification is not guaranteed)The DMS Certification is for YOU, if...

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Brett McKay of the Art Of Manliness.  If your not familiar with this site your missing a great thing.  This site is full of articles and podcast for ALL THINGS manly related with a lot of great info on important topics that have been lost in the last few generations.The breadth of topics is awesome and always engaging and interesting.  Primary categories include Dress & Grooming, Health & Sports, Manly Skills, Manly Skills, Money & Career, Relationship & Family, and a Man's life.  Don't take my word for it, just click on the link and scroll through a few articles and you will find something that catches your interest.  It is a great resource for all men and highly entertaining in a good way.Besides posting manly topics to help curtail the emasculation of men in todays society Brett is also a lifter as well.  So I couldn't turn away his request for an interview and podcast.  And as I expected it was a great time and I hope you enjoy it as well.  Now if only Brett and my other favorite author on Masculinity would have Squat off...

Article originally posted on EliteFTS.com The author is Brandon Senn who is a trainer and member of our Coaching Team at my gym Elite Performance Center.  I have worked with Brandon for a number of years and you may find him featured in some of my coaching videos as well.   Louie Simmons has been without a doubt one of the most iconic (and at times controversial) figures in the strength world over the last 20 years. Louie’s gym (Westside Barbell) has become what many people identify as the conjugate system. Westside may be synonyms with max effort, dynamic effort, repetition effort and a whole host of other special methods but is that what really makes up the conjugate system of training? Should the conjugate system and the conjugate method be used interchangeably and is Westside conjugate and Russian conjugate comparable? If you believe that the conjugate system was meant to revolve around accommodating resistance (bands/chains), a weekly micro cycle of max effort, dynamic effort, and the occasional repetition effort methods this is something you need to read. The Birth of The Russian Conjugate System The original conjugate system (referred to then as the coupled sequence system, CSS) was originally developed under the Dynamo umbrella of the Soviet Union in the late 60’s-early 70’s. From a macro view the CSS is a systematic development tool used to organize multi-year training. At that time for the Soviet Union that meant entering youth athletes into schools of physical preparation with the objective of identifying and developing those athletes who had potential through their careers to compete at national, and international levels. By taking a multi-year approach to training, these schools were able to thoroughly develop a general foundation of trainability general physical preparation (*spoiler alert* they didn’t sprint with a prowler until they puked to do this) and prime the adaptive response for future specific physical preparation (SPP) and intensive unidirectional loads.For youth athletes the physical preparation schools served as a...

The following video is an excerpt from a podcast I did for the SuperStrengthShow early this year.  This podcast has really resonated with a lot of listeners so a teaser video was put together with an excerpt of an answer to one of my questions.  While this was an off the cuff discussion for and not done with any preparation; I articulates my views and how I live my life to achieve success in all avenues.  My approach to these three things is how I took myself (and much of my family) from utter poverty.  From a family of 6 living on $5,000 a year and often homeless and living in the woods growing up to successful business executive & world class athlete.  While growing and building a family and a future for that family.These are three things that you can put to use in some part of your life TODAY that will yield results if executed properly.You can listen to the full Podcast on the Super Strength Show....

As a performance guy, I absolutely hate the ‘traction control’ button that they put in a number of vehicles today. If you aren't aware of what this button does, it operates by detuning the engine and, in some cases, the transmission. By retarding the engine timing to reduce its output and slowing the shift patterns, it effectively improves the traction but really no more than if you purposely stepped on the gas pedal a little softer and with better control. With less power, the detuned powertrain has less chance of losing control on an unstable surface and causing you to crash and injure yourself.Your body has the exact same mechanisms in place. When you lack stability, your body detunes its reaction to prevent you from injuring yourself. This is the primary reason why training with a Bosu ball or squatting in squishy tennis shoes is counterproductive. With a detuned body, you simply can’t work as hard as you want to or fire and engage your muscles properly. It's also the reason why my coaching cues help people realize immediate improvements in their lifts when implemented properly.If you don’t have a properly stabilized core with proper intra-abdominal pressurization (IAP), this down-regulation is in place. Your traction control button is on. Another button is proper joint centration. If your positioning or tight muscles are pulling the joint to one side of the socket, it will down-regulate your central nervous system firing as well. In practice, this looks like a movement pattern-based, warm-up drill. I have several examples on my YouTube channel and further examples will be covered in depth in the  Duffin Movement Series (DMS).If you're training squats, you would do some movements that require transferring power through the hip joint with a stabilized core. You would do these with proper IAP as a warm...

The following video details the number or processes involved in making the ShouldeRök™. Pictures don’t do the product full justice, as any ShouldeRök™ customer will tell you. Once in your hands you will see the true craftsmanship and how it’s built to last a lifetime.In this video you will see the ShouldeRök™ nut being cut out of raw plate on a CNC laser cutting machine. It is later put through the lathe to have the thread cut on the inside diameter and then tumbled to smooth the finish.The next step shown in the video is the turning of the main head which is cut out of solid 3” round stock before it becomes the finished component you see. In my personal shop you will see the perfect Diamond knurl being added to the handle. Then the forming of the flare on the end of the handle, which is the final touch before the assembly is welded together in the rotary welder.Unfortunately the plating shop didn’t allow me to get any shots of the ShouldeRök™ going into the dip tanks.In addition to the How-Its-Made video here are a couple recent ShouldeRök™ reviews. The first one is what inspired me to use some Conan music as the background to this video. It only seemed fitting.LONG TERM SHOULDEROK REVIEW ON BODYBUILDING.COM FORUMThis is a great user-submitted review on the Bodybuilding.com forum on the Shoulderok and it's use.IMPROVE SHOULDER MOBILITY AND LOOK LIKE CONAN THE BARBARIANCraig Marker, Ph.D., CSCS, SFGII, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. He is a professor at Mercer University teaching psychology and research methods.GARAGE GYM REVIEWS – SHOULDEROKI’ve created this site to provide honest reviews as well as instructions for DIY equipment. There is an absolutely absurd amount of equipment...

The Macebell or Gada is a classical training tool dating back centuries.  Its original use was in the wrestling for fighting cultures of ancient Persia and India.  My first experience using one was about 8 years ago when I attempted to incorporate it for shoulder development and conditioning. As a competitive powerlifter I quickly abandoned its use finding that combined with my powerlifting training it aggravated my wrist, elbows, and shoulders.However 2 years ago I decided to make another run at using the macebell again.  I had been making tremendous gains in shoulder health and mobility with my progression into Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and some associated kettlebell work.  I decided to try the swing again but focus on some refinement in the movement based on the DNS methodologies.  The goal was to simply realize some training efficiency as the swing was a very active warmup.  If I could accomplish my rehab, prehab, and warmup all at the same time I would have more time to focus on my actual training.With the new approach to the swing my shoulder pain that I had been experiencing daily for the last 8 years disappeared after the first 30 days.  This is pain that had kept me from sleeping, interfered with my training, and I was only able to manage in the short term with mobilizing and re-seating drills.  Gone!  I couldn’t believe the change.  Being surrounded by powerlifters and strongman I found several other test subjects similar to myself and quickly found that the same thing happened. That was when I decided to develop the tool into what we now are marketing to others as the ShouldeRök™.  For further details on the value of the ShouldeRök™ and its impact on eliminating issues caused by open chain barbell movements today done with an...

Last week I took a trip to visit my friend Mark Bell at his new facility.  We had a great time shooting interviews, podcast, and some great instructional pieces I did with some of his athletes.  I'm looking forward to these pieces coming available on the public domain for you to see in the coming weeks.On the last day before catching a flight out of town we decided to do a quick Q&A from the social media following and posted up request to questions just before the final workout of the visit.  Unfortunately there were so many questions that came in we were barely able to get to a fraction of them, but hope that you enjoy the ones we were able to get to.Additionally here is the workout video for last week which covers the time at SuperTraining.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCosKMJ6Sa0...

This weekend I had the opportunity to spend a couple full days working with Ed Coan.  We had a great deal of success in working through some issues he has and establishing a path forward.  During the time we also had a lot of back and forth knowledge sharing.It was a tremendous honor for me to host Ed for the weekend at EPC in Portland and to have his trust for seeking me out.  At the end of the period we filmed an incredible interview covering a number of great topics that I think are worth the watch. Make sure to check out the ShouldeRök™ Ed mentioned and subscribe to our newsletter for weekly insights....

People often under value the role of a team in individual sports.  That statement is not an oxymoron as team and individual performance are not diametrically opposed.  While it is true that lifting can, and is, done by some individuals entirely by themselves there are substantially more strength athletes who gain from relying on their team.The role of a team in an individual sports such as powerlifting, olympic lifting and even to some degree bodybuilding is:Encouragement – That encouragement or support to dig deeper and push harder Reality Checks - Calling out your depth isn’t good or that you didn’t lock that out.  Or you just being flat out stupid with your training Remove Obstacles – Assisting lifters at meets, reminders to stay hydrated or just keeping the focus on a big training day. Physical Support – Spotting, loading, lifting off, or helping with gearWe are social beings and we simply perform better in supportive groups than when we do alone.  I am a big proponent of training in teams.  Even without a team physically present we can see people using social media to seek out and fill those same team roles noted above.It’s not just powerlifting or strength training that operates this way. Many ‘individual sports’ you see today require teams to succeed. Look closely and you will see them. MMA, NASCAR, Golf you name it and there will be at least a small team supporting them.Do you want to realize your peak potential? Then find a group of like-minded individuals that have those needed skills and create a team.  This is what we have done at Elite Performance Center building numerous world Champions and All-Time record holders and what you can see with my online team at EliteFTS....