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Meet prep is going great, as I look back at my last prep compared to now everything has gone way better than expected. The progress not so much in weight added to the bar although that has gone up tremendously but I am more proud of how well my technique has improved. I am a firm believer that you have to build as much technical proficiency in the main lifts before you can even think about finding your actual weakness. If your form is off and you miss a lift you can't accurately say what is weak until your technique is improved. This is also true with meet prep, pick weights where you can be technically sound and move good instead of chasing weights that will force technique to be off. Trust me you won't dial it in before the meet, it needs to be done in training and it needs to be done right. The better your technique the less likely you are to get hurt and the ability to stay healthy is a great way to build from week to week and meet to meet. Here is week 3 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]QFzgfqgk65c[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 660lbs for 2 RepsHigh Bar pause Squats- 465lbs for 4x2Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 506lbs 8x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayClose Grip BP-  425lbs x4x4Tempo Close Grip BP- 345lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x10Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]y2ohS9rx14g[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 705lbs x3x3RDL's- 315lbs 4x6Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8s/sBand Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  490lbs x1Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 415lbs- 4x3Incline BP- 345lbs x4x6DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes-...

#GrandGoals is a double-edged sword, for most of us the meaning of grand goals can universally apply to those big dreams and goals we aim to achieve in life. For Chris Duffin, it stands for that as well as a goal he set out to accomplish of deadlifting and squatting 1000 pounds as the lightest man in history ever to do so. This post and compilation video follows along as he discusses details relating to training leading into the 1000lb deadlift attempt. Make sure to subscribe to Chris' YouTube channel and FB/IG pages and follow along! Reflecting on what has been accomplished over the course of this training cycle its pretty incredible to see what I've pushed through.  Here is the tail end of the last several weeks of the training cycle over-layed with a discussion by Coach Brandon and myself.  We touch on the approach used over the last 6 months to give you and understanding of the process.  Future articles detailing the specifics of these approaches will be released in the coming months as well by both of us. We have been collecting data along this whole process and are working to come up with a unified approach and article describing the unique training methods and programming decisions we made with the #GrandGoals training plan. Please enjoy the video and don't be afraid to share.  The training itself is pretty epic as noted in the title, but the value in the information shared will be of incredible benefit.  This video also articulates the value of a coach and the iterative approach to developing and managing a training plan between a coach and an athlete, something oft forgotten in today's age of "internet coaches". Enjoy and stay strong!...

Finally, the meet prep has begun and the 1st week went exceptionally well. The hardest part for me is picking the right numbers, to begin with, I have a good round about number to begin the cycle with but I also let my warm ups dictate my working sets for the first. This week is what establishes my base for me and it sets up the rest of my meet prep for good or bad. The way I have things setup is pretty simple, for my main movements I will be working up to a top set and for my secondary day I worked up to a repeatable weight that can be built upon for the upcoming weeks. This gives me a good amount of mixture between intensity and volume and it actually makes me push my strength curve through the cycle as my base building was done in the offseason. Here is week 1 training recap:SundayBack and Shoulders[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]dYI3-pzAAHI[/wpdevart_youtube]MondayLow Bar Squats- 615lbs for 3 RepsBack Down Sets- 505lbs 2x3High Bar pause Squats- 415lbs for 3x3Sumo Pulls w/ Chains in Front- 462lbs 10x1 (50lbs in Chains)Ab Wheel- 4x10 WednesdayClose Grip BP- 365lbs x5, 385lbs x5, 405lbs x3x5Tempo Close Grip BP- 315lbs 4x5JM Press- 5x12Dips- 4x15s/sFace Pulls- 4x12[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]UbjmL5l4UMI[/wpdevart_youtube]FridaySumo Block Deads- 660lbs x3x3SLDL's- 315lbs 4x8 (double overhand grip)Belt Squats- 4x8DB RDL's- 3x8Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayDuffalo Bar  BP-  420lbs x5Tempo Duffalo Bar BP- 385lbs- 4x5Incline BP- 335lbs x4, 315lbs x3x5DB OHP- 75lbs x10, 95lbs x8, 125lbs x2x6DB Incline Flyes- 3x12s/sMachine OHP- 3x8...

Discipline equals freedom is something I picked up from Jocko Willink author of Extreme Ownership, but I was taught it during my time in the Marines. I learned that having the discipline to wake up at a certain time everyday regardless of the situation would give me the freedom to do what I want. I accomplish this freedom by having that discipline to wake up and tackle the task I have set forth for the day. I have the discipline to eat all my meals and bring them with me when i travel so that i can still train hard and reach my goals. It is this day to day discipline that has giving me the freedom to own my life and do the things I want to do.I knew I wanted to fully focus on being the best powerlifter I could be, so I knew I had to travel and learn from the best. I could only accomplish this by creating a job that allowed me to travel and still make money. So I started my own online training and nutrition business so that i could always get my food in, travel, sleep and really focus on my goals as a strength athlete. I had to have a ton of discipline to create a business build my name up to the point where I could do this. Granted it took awhile to get to and it had its ups and downs but I had the discipline to stick with it and make it a success. I learned all this through the rigid schedule of the Marines and the discipline it took to be a good Marine. These lessons have molded me into the man I am today and I am extremely thankful for it. Here is a link to...

Solid week of training this week with lots of PR's. In addition to what was listed in the title I also hit a 350x20 Reverse grip bench after the 225 rep out.Here is my training log from this las week. You can see the plan, any deviation from the plan, velocity numbers driving the load for auto regulation purposes, and my subjective workout feedback. Learn more about our training methods here.All the weights used are listed in the document below as well.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr_6uQV3FqE...

In this piece Kelly Starrett and Chris Duffin are clearly fired up and addressing topics in a rapid-fire fashion. Starrett and Duffin quickly hit on and address numerous topics on movement mechanicsMuch of the focus of the discussion surrounds the future of role of the responsibility of the strength coach. Duffin and Starrett challenge the status quo of the current role and when clinical intervention is brought in. Both articulate that these roles need to change, but this also involves people on both ends of this spectrum needing to “up their game”. Clearly defining what those roles are and then educating to those expectations will reduce injury rates and improve performance of athletes.Kelly and Chris also clarify the expectations on what athletes are doing for prep work. While both provide significant education online via the MWOD and KABUKI.MS platforms they find some people take this prep work to far. Standards for length of time and what is done are covered.They also discuss how complementary both of these products (MWOD & KABUKI.MS) are to cover the athlete’s needs for learning proper movement patterns, mobilizing, and performing the correct preparatory movement patterning.Additionally KABUKI.MS is offering a 50% off initiation for the first 100 people who sign up from this video with code: MWODhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8zpvGEqPS4...

In this video Chris Duffin and Kelly Starrett discuss the application of the Boom Stick as well as provide a tutorial on its use.  They show how this tool can be used on a partner in a safe manner to release excessive tension to improve recovery, mobility, and reduce potential injuries.While only one spot was hit with the tool on Kelly for a very short demonstration period he achieved a result from its use. They also review the purpose behind the tools specific knurling that is used for shearing the fascia in a very effective manner.  Needless to say Kelly is a huge fan of the Boom Stick in his facility along with the Geisha Roller....

Assessment and Correction Strategies for Hip Shift and Pelvic Tilt in Squat and Deadlift with Chris Duffin and Brad CoxKabuki Strength's Chris Duffin and Acumobity's Brad Cox team up for a video series on re-patterning, correctives, and cueing for strength training.  Much of the greater depth of content will be housed on Kabuki.MS in the indexable and searchable video library.  However an entire public series of video's will be available as well where Brad and Chris meld their innovative style of assessment and corrective strategies together as they apply to strength athletes.The first in the series is dealing with addressing both hip shift and pelvic tilt when we see them in squatting and deadlifting patterns.  This video goes far beyond what other videos' on this subject provide.  They dive into how to assess and understand the root of the issue then develop the specific strategy based on the outcomes of your assessment.  In this video they walk through 5 different assessments and multiple strategies for dealing with it.Products used in the video include Kabuki Strength's Boom Stick and Acumobility Products.  More in depth videos will be published on Kabuki.MS.  Also keep an eye out for more collaborative efforts between Kabuki Strength and Acumobility.You can video the video above!...

The Mad Scientist of Powerlifting himself, Chris Duffin returns for episode 148 of the PowerCast. Chris has made some dramatic changes to the course of his life since we last saw him. You’re going to want to hear what he has to say about how he made the decision to walk away from a high paying job to develop products and content to help athletes move better and find their true potential. If you think about it, finding his true potential is what drove Chris to make these changes in the first place.Be sure to check out the whole episode, because Chris makes a very special offer for PowerCast listeners.Production note: This is our first shot at the new, multi-cam PowerCast. One camera is slightly potatoed, but we'll get it next time.https://youtu.be/wA3dJLJ-hN4Here is another video from the same couple days at SuperTraining Gym as well.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=273qOKd-lLw&feature=youtu.be...