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Injury Prevention, Wisdom, Longevity - You're Not as Broken as You Think You AreChris Duffin is a dominant force in both raw and multi-ply lifting, He currently held the all-time raw (with wraps) world record with a 881-pound squat at 220-pounds bodyweight. In 2014, he posted a raw total of 2061 pounds in the 220-pound class. In addition to his own competitive success, he has been the owner and coach of Kabuki Strength in Portland, Oregon since 2008. Chris Duffin holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Oregon Institute of Technology and an MBA from The University of Phoenix. Duffin approaches powerlifting at a level of technical efficiency that is unsurpassed. His insight into training has helped many of his students go on to success beyond their expectations.My wife is convinced that it is my goal to break something when I go extreme rock crawling and off-roading. While she isn’t right, she isn’t entirely wrong.A big piece of the rock crawling/off-roading sport for me is trying to anticipate every failure point and then find a way to make it unbreakable. The goal is to make it out unscathed, but you never find out if you succeeded or what you overlooked unless you push past the limits. Training isn’t much different. The exception is that you try to stay within the limits or you risk actually breaking your body. It is the same that we try to anticipate failure points and build an unbreakable machine of a body.You constantly analyze your body’s strengths, weaknesses, imbalances, and technical flaws, then develop a strategic game plan to address them. This plan is tested at a meet or in the gym testing a new PR. Good lifters gather more information from these testing experiences and go back to the drawing board to begin anew and...

Originally posted on EliteFTSFear is a powerful human response, as it should be. It is our primal risk management tool that controls actions and even the nervous and hormone systems to keep us safe. Although fear is a risk management tool that keeps us safe, it can also hold us back from challenges, opportunities, and the success had from overcoming those.You can only realize your full potential when you take risk and push yourself to your limits. There are differences in risk tolerance and ability to overcome fear between people. This difference, and one's individual tolerance level for risk, is one of the defining things that have separated the great leaders and visionaries in history from...

Originally posted on EliteFTS.comMastery of skills, or practical knowledge, is of critical importance in the self-identity of man and, indeed, is a cornerstone of civilization. The mastery of skills allows us to create, innovate and achieve in our rapidly changing society. The creation of both tools and objects of art is one of the differentiating factors between humans and animals. Sure, there are some animals that create limited tools or works of art, but there is a clear difference in the human scope of creation. For example, in nature, specific ‘tasks’ may be passed down or the ‘art’ that the rare animal may create is biologically driven and usually just a display for the mating process. The art and tools produced by man are far more diverse and complex than anything you will find in the animal kingdom, owing to man’s rational thought and individual choice.Mastery of a skill first requires both humility and confidence. Confidence certainly fits the generally accepted mold of the alpha male, as it should. Without confidence, we can never start the process of skill mastery and we certainly can't hope to complete it. The question is, where and how does humility fit into this process? Without both confidence and humility, one’s ability to learn, grow and create will be severely limited. Each of these traits must be carefully balanced to maximize one’s ability to learn and contribute. Confidence will get you moving because you believe in yourself and your capabilities. This starts you on the path to a new skill. But once you jump in, you must temper that confidence and accept being humble in order to learn and master that skill. You can see this not only in the elite level of sports athletes and coaching but in nearly any other field that requires...

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...

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....

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...

 I have recently decided to exit my career of 18 years advancing from engineering to executive level leadership the last 8 years.  This move has been in the works a long time but its taken a lot of work to be prepared for the transition. It is a scary move leaving the comfort of a career I have excelled at and am known for my success. However I’ve reached a point in my life that I need to follow my passion and my dreams full time. I now have the opportunity to spend more time collaborating, learning, distilling, and sharing that knowledge.My goal is to add value while continuously improving my relationship with the Strength and Conditioning Community by providing proprietary tools and knowledge designed to optimize physical and psychological human potential.I am excited about that and making this change is worthy of an epic party to celebrate.Of course my idea of a party is different than what most people would imagine. So before engaging in beer, booze, and food I’m going to push myself to my physical and mental limits while attempting to set records.I’m going to be doing a 500lb squat for reps challenge. If I hit 19 reps in 60 seconds it will break the Guinness World record for best squat in a minute. If I hit 24 reps it beats an unlisted record form the 80’s when Tom Platz and Fred Hatfield went head to head for reps with 500lbs.This will be done walked out and with only knee sleeves and belt.Here is the link and embedded page for the live stream event!!! Please share this post around!May 6th @ 3:30 pm PST https://youtu.be/uONcEvbIwfI  https://youtu.be/uONcEvbIwfIIn the interim here is a video to get you pumped up about the event.https://youtu.be/yZIq1tFIKUg...

I had big goals going into the meet this last weekend. I was feeling really good for retaking the 220 squat record and making a run and bumping up the total record significantly. My weight was the lowest it had been in years going into the meet so I wasn’t worried about the weight cut and new I would be in better shape than I was used to.However I was also pumped about helping my partner at EPC pull off a 97 person meet in record time. I pride myself in well run meets and was also looking to step up the ‘stage presence’ for our lifters. The week was busy and stressful at work and I took all my deload days and then some working late at the gym prepping for the meet. Building a steel framed 16x14 platform, automating my monolift, setting up software to manage the timing.Thursday night I picked up Amit Sapir from the airport who had talked me into letting him do the meet despite not being fully prepped. I took Amit with me on Friday after weigh ins as I ran around town all day doing prep errands for the meet and listening to him say, “what are you doing! Your supposed to be relaxing!”.I ended up passing out on the carpet in my sons room that evening and then waking up later and staying up till past midnight finalizing the flights and meet, results sheet, and meet software. Then instead of sleeping in I was up early running to the meet to finalize a bunch of prep and help train the table help. I tried to get a nap on the floor of my office but didn’t fall asleep but after the rest was feeling refreshed. It wasn’t till warm-ups I realized just...

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...