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.
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[0:00:19.3] RT: What’s up Strength Maniacs? And thanks for tuning in. I’m pleased to welcome back one of our most listened to guest, Chris Duffin. Chris is an ex-corporate turned inventor and movement professional. He’s positioned himself uniquely in the fitness world birding the gap between and working with both the top clinical rehab and sports professionals in the world and the in the trenches athletes and strength and conditioning coaches.
He promotes and uses evidence based approaches in developing his coaching and queuing methodologies in strength training equipment. In other words guy, no bro-science here, this stuff is all legit and it’s like there’s data backed proof to what he does which is why this man is just able to perform at the levels that he does perform and those that train with him again are able to do the same and just have amazing results.
Chris keeps it simple with reinforcing clean, natural movement patterns and then focuses on building strength. He’s the only person in the world today squatting and dead lifting over 900 pounds at his bodyweight. We’re going to get his bodyweight in a moment here because you’re going to be surprised guys. And Chris, just to be clear, that’s raw, correct?
[0:01:22.1] CD: Yes, that is correct, with some knee wraps on.
[0:01:24.7] RT: Knee wraps and obviously a belt.
[0:01:25.6] CD: Knee wraps for squatting but not for deadlifting.
[0:01:27.9] RT: Yeah, all right, I’m going to say this, the kabuki warrior may blush on us a bit but I would argue that he’s one of the best powerlifters of our age right now and as well as arguably without question, one of the most respected strength coaches out there. Chris has recently come on the scene it seems, he’s really made a big push and it’s showing man, the quality of his stuff is second to none man. You could see it, just go online, whether it’s YouTube or his website and it’s very obvious that this guy’s bringing the goods and it’s not just a bunch of flash, there’s some real solid meat and quality that’s behind all of that. It’s great, I love seeing this stuff. That level of professionalism is fantastic.
He’s also the only power lifting strength coach that is regularly asked to present at PhD level courses on human movement. You can connect with him by visiting kabukistrength.com and Kabuki.ms. Guys, let me spell this out for you because you might get tripped up on it a bit. It’s kabukistrength.com and Kabuki.ms. Not .com, I got tripped up on that a moment ago. Kabuki.ms for movement system.
Chris, welcome back man, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you here. Fantastic guest and that episode when you were on way back when, let me tell you, it sky rocketed to the top and it stayed there for quite a while and still till today it’s one of the most listened to episodes so I love having you back.
[0:02:44.3] CD: Thanks Ray, that was quite the introduction, I appreciate that.
[0:02:48.6] RT: I mean, you’re the man who earned all of that. None of that stuff is made up obviously but how about we get in to this Chris and you tell us, for those who haven’t listened to the first episode, I highly recommend that you do. But obviously you’re listening to this one right now so give us a little bit of info on yourself Chris, just some quick background and we’ll dive in to the meat of the show.
[0:03:06.1] CD: Yeah, ex-corporate executive. All my actual experiences on the engineering and management and leadership that’s really where my career has been for the last couple of decades doing a company turn around work and what I really loved about that was the engaging and changing people’s lives. Getting them to do things that they never thought was possible so that that whole coaching and mentoring piece is just, that’s who I am, that’s what I love to see people perform and do things they never thought possible.
On the side of doing that I also have owned a partner of mine and been a competitive powerlifter and I’ve continued to progress in that sport and I’ve been doing the same things that made me successful in the business world within that sport which was being very apolitical with my approach. Researching and developing the networks to establish, to learn from the best.
That has been huge and I’ve been planning on doing this career transition for quite some time and I was sitting down a couple of years back with a buddy of mine. I said, “I’m thinking about going back to school to get my doctorate so I got some level of validity when I make this transition,” and he looks at me and he’s like, “Really? I said, “Well yeah, I probably should have like PhD behind my name or something,” and he’s like, “Chris, you’re going to go to school, you’re going to spend eight years.
You’ve already gone, you’ve got multiple degrees and you’re going to spend all this time and be frustrated because one, you know 95% of the stuff that they’re already teaching, you’re going to disagree with a bunch of it because a lot of it is just wrong and outdated and you’re way ahead of where they’re at.” He’s like, “If you don’t plan on actually practicing as a doctor, what if you took like an eighth of that time, invested it in just going to meet the key people in the world because you have the ability to do that, you have those connections and learning directly from them?
The people that are actually writing the books, doing the research to create the material that the professors are then pairing down the road.” And I went, “You know, that’s right.” That’s what we’ve done over the last few years. Nailed when I’m sitting there, standing up in front of a room of doctors and within a year, that’s exactly where I found myself. I’m sitting there, a room full of 30, 40 doctors, a room full of 150 doctors and I’m up there presenting the material on this is how we move under basic core loaded movements which is my — that’s my piece, is taking all this clinical work, the key stuff.
Because there’s so much that’s done on a research standpoint that’s really just not valid, where they’re taking untrained individuals and doing studies and extrapolating results that don’t apply and I think that’s where some of the research and the clinical side gets kind of a bad rap sometimes is you do have to differentiate and understand where the great schools of thought, who are the real true innovators, and learn from them. There’s some level of still being able to discern and know where to pull from and that’s what I’ve done.
So this approach is very simple but the power comes from the simplicity. Unlike a lot of people out there that are taking like clinical based, corrective movements and doing assessments with these, a bunch of single leg loop bridges and overhead squats and all this stuff and they extrapolate out like, “Okay, well, in a month, after doing this body movements, you could maybe start lifting heavy weights.” You know what? In the real world, that doesn’t work for you, that doesn’t work for me. Does that work for you Ray?
[0:07:20.2] RT: Not so much.
[0:07:23.3] CD: So I said, “You know, if you actually understand the core operating mechanics of the body and what’s supposed to be happening under load, you can take a squat, you can take an overhead press, you can take a bench press, you can take a deadlift and you could actually understand all the deviation that’s going on, what’s not firing, this glute’s not firing, we’ve got an imbalance here, we’ve got all these things.” And for the most part, if you know how to, and how to queue the movement properly, you could fix it right then, and that is powerful.
There are times that you may have to move backwards and do something to teach somebody like some postural awareness or work on some firing patterns but in the end, we want to keep it so it that we’re doing progressions, we’re always moving forward, not backwards. And so I really prefer doing progressions or lateralization’s anytime over what we call over what we call a regression which is the moving backwards, we can’t lift, we‘ve got to work through this which does happen on occasion. These are the core tenants of the kabuki movement systems.
Is teaching people how to have that eye and how to actually coach those movements because a lot of the coaching points that are used and repeated for squatting and deadlifting and all these things are in essence bad. They’re poor. They’re, “Oh knees out on the squat, chest up, head up,” like a lot of these things, they’re looking at the peripheral of what they think a squat should look like but if the right things are happening, the knees are maintaining the correct position. All these things are happening and there’s these little tiny things that can have a dramatic impact that you can fix. How much pressure you’re applying with a pinky, where you’re pushing at in your foot. All sorts of things have an impact and the big basic principles is, I relate a lot of things to car analogies.
[0:09:44.6] RT: I like that.
[0:09:47.7] CD: There’s one I do all the time, which is the traction control on the car and this is Kabuki Movement Systems in a nutshell. If you go jump in a race car or performance off road race truck or any of these things, they don’t have that little button on there for traction control. But you go get a consumer based car and you’ve got this little button and you’ve got to turn it off to turn the traction control off because it’s on there to make you safe, it’s on there to improve the traction of the car. Do you know how it works?
[0:10:27.4] RT: Which traction control on a vehicle, the way how it provides power to the tires that are gripping versus slipping. You know, the commercials you see on TV. I’m assuming we’re going to get a better education than that.
[0:10:38.7] CD: Yes, that’s what they make you think is happening. What actually happens is it detunes the engine and detunes the shift pattern in the transmission. It reduces the vehicle’s output which means when you’re on an unstable surface like a wet road or an icy road, you’ve got less power output to the wheels. As soon as they start moving, as soon as that feels the slippage, it just detunes it.
[0:11:05.1] RT: Right, right, yeah.
[0:11:07.6] CD: So that you don’t’ run the risk of crashing the car and injuring the car or yourself. Your body operates in the exact same manner, our nervous system detunes us anytime we don’t have proper joint centration or we don’t have proper core stability, proper inter-abdominal pressurization and connection to those core joints on either side. Anytime you’re lacking those, your traction control is on. Which means if you’re training with a 400 pound squat, you actually probably have the ability to be training with a 440 that day if you turn that traction control off.
That means you’re basically under training all the time if you don’t have these correct principles in place. Think about the result of that year over year and anybody that gets on my social media will see people like commenting Ray they’ll be going, “Oh my god, I just put your principles in place, I’ve been in pain, I’ve had knee pain, hip pain, whatever for six months, haven’t been able to get around it. I went into the gym, I had zero pain and I just put 40 pounds on my squat. Just hit a PR, it’s unbelievable.”
Because those mechanisms also kick some of those things that cause these referral pains and other automatically corrects a lot of times. Hey, if I’ve got knee pain, you got to a doctor and they’ll focus on, “Okay, where’s the pain at? It’s that area right now? Let’s fix it, let’s give it a cortisone shot, let’s do whatever, here’s some pain medication.”
[0:12:42.0] RT: Yeah, compartmentalize.
[0:12:43.4] CD: A lot of the times, that is due to something else, the body isn’t working properly and that’s the output. So one of the worst things that you can do is actually focus on that specific area, you’ve got to actually figure out what is driving the pain in that area, which could be your connect while you’re squatting, it could be your connection or what we call your rooting or grounding to the floor, it could be in the hip, it could be in the core.
Core is another whole other terminology that gets used incorrectly a lot of times because it’s your abdominal strength, things of that nature but it’s actually the quality of your inter abdominal pressurization, which is we could probably dive in to here in a little bit. Any of those things that aren’t working properly can drive those mechanisms. When we queue and fix those, immediately, we can drive out the pain but also increase your performance.
I have not met an athlete at any level that doesn’t see results. Because a lot of natural athletes do these things. Natural athletes are great at doing these things but if they bring conscious practice to these items, they will improve. I work with top level strength athletes and I work with new athletes, and I work at all levels but I’ve worked with I think right now as power lifting coach, I believe I work with more all-time record setting athletes than any other coach out there right now.
It delivers results with people like that with Ed Coan who is the greatest powerlifter of all time. I had him jumping up and down with joy because he was so happy with how his body was feeling and moving and the pain has gone away. This is the type of results that we deliver but at the same time, you can use these same principles instead of taking six months to teach somebody how to squat properly until they finally got a good looking squat, we could take somebody that’s never squatted before and within 15 minutes have them squatting better than almost any competitive squatter out there.
Because if you put together the core operating principles, all the peripheral stuff that people want to coach and focus on, all just happens. That is the power of simplicity, that’s what Ray, I’m sure you can tell, I’m very passionate about this because it’s when I get to see the results of it all, the time, in my facility with the athletes that I work with online. Just the people that watch my content and are able to put it together and so this is to me, this is what makes it worthwhile to walk away from a very high paying successful career that I’ve had to do this.
Because like I told you, it’s not solving world hunger but this is making a real difference in people’s lives. Sometimes when you’re in pain and you can’t move or you’re just not realizing your results like things just aren’t working for you, I know that you know this, this can have a pretty big impact on your mental health, your state of wellbeing like all these things if it’s such an integral part of your life and I think, lifting and physically using our body is actually something of a profound importance that a lot of people are missing today and if you take that away from somebody, that knows that value, it’s detrimental in a very big way.
Bringing that back, this is like I said, my life’s work and that’s why this last year I’ve been working on the Kabuki.ms because the current platforms out there don’t allow me to present the content in a way that I need to. So I need to have like some taxonomy of like, “How can you go in and go, I want to filter by queuing the glutes. I want to filter by pain in the knee, I want to filter by ankle issues.” Boom and then all of the sudden all these very short concise, clearly coached videos pop up that reference that.
Because when I put content on YouTube, I may have a 15 minute video to cover 2 minutes of information because I’m speaking to the general public and I’ve got to like sell it first. This is, the Kabuki.ms is very succinct, clear, concise videos, all broken up in a manner that you can easily search the whole site, we’ve got a forum, you can comment on the videos and then we’ve also got the methodology, the KMS methodology, “Here’s a guided tutorial.” “I don’t know where to begin from?” “Here’s how you take a squat, here’s how you see what’s wrong with it, here’s the potential deviations you may see. If you see this, here’s what you apply.”
It kind of walks you through that whole process and we had to build this site from the ground up to be able to do that but that’s what the Kabuki.ms is. It’s this self-help website so that you can walk in and not have to come and pay me or my team’s rate to be able to go, “Oh hey, can I work through this stuff myself? Can I figure out to do it?” And it’s much better quality and presentation of material than what I’m able to do on YouTube because there’s no ability to break that down and display it in that fashion on there. We still have a free content on my YouTube channel but…
[0:18:26.3]RT: Top notch free content.
[0:18:28.0] CD: Yeah. Here I’m trying to make it to a whole another level.
[0:18:35.4] RT: Yeah, it has supporting material and you’re able to do things like you said, it’s not really feasible on YouTube, it’s all on one spot because there is quite a bit to this, It’s not just simple follow along the video, you need other supplemental material as well to make sure you do things correctly and properly understanding it.
[0:18:50.5] CD: Exactly. Yeah, I speak to high level audiences on this material as well but it’s pretty crazy when — because I do a seminar series. If people want to take this to the next level, they get on the website, they make a ton of improvements but go, “Hey, how do you define somebody in my area that can coach me further on this.” They’ll be a certified coach and they can look up and find out where they’re at.
I do a seminar series to get people certified in the methodology. You’d be surprised, 20 to 30% of my audience a lot of times is doctors at physical therapy, chiropractors, things of that nature and they’re almost always — this is actually usually where my speaking engagements ecology comes from because somebody will be an adviser to a college or something like that.
The list of the material and like, “Wow, this is great stuff, this the evidence based stuff that we learn in school but it’s applied in a totally different manner. In such a way that it’s actually putting this together, under loaded movement and coaching it and it is nobody else is doing that.” I guess that sounds egotistical but I’m proud of that Ray.
[0:20:07.1] RT: Oh no, you should be. No, no, you should be. There’s no reason — it’s not like it’s false pride by any means.
[0:20:12.8] CD: I mean, just that’s what I’ve been working towards and to have that and people to be able to recognize that and like I said, it’s something that’s valuable when I think a lot of trainers and coaches are going to get a ton of use out of being subscribers to the site but also just your average listener is going to be able to do. Somebody that’s brand new to lifting like where do you start? Why wouldn’t you want to be doing this absolutely perfect upfront?
[0:20:41.8] RT: Yeah, exactly.
[0:20:42.1] CD: Why would you not want to learn this?
[0:20:43.1] RT: Yeah, exactly. I mean just learning proper form in of itself is going to do so much because not only are you now training properly and that the proper musculature in your bodies being trained which means you’re now going to progress faster. You’re not bench pressing and get a terrible arch in your back that’s not correct and your form’s all off and whacked up. Now, the muscles that are supposed to be strengthened are not properly getting strengthened.
And then in addition to that, you’re getting poor form, that’s going to take time to fix if you ever wake up to the fact that you’re not doing it correctly and arguably more important than all of that stuff is you’re setting yourself up for some problems, you’re going to get injured, once you get injured, now you’ve got to recover from that injury and fingers crossed, it’s not an injury that’s so bad that you can’t “recover” from and not be able to perform at a hundred percent after the recovery.
So the stuff that you are teaching is so important. I don’t know how many people I talked to that eventually, they tweak something somewhere. You know what? I mean, that’s part of the rough and tough rumble nature of just athletics in general, you push yourself. Okay, okay, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a necessity and it doesn’t mean it has to be catastrophic injuries or even worse than a catastrophic injury, you’re just not doing something right and over time it just wear something out.
[0:21:59.5] CD: Or not knowing how to deal with it and it’s still nagging six months from now instead of like, “Oh here’s what it is, how do I deal with this really quick? Oh here it is, here’s step by step stuff, over the next couple of weeks I can get this resolved and get back to it.” That video, you did a really nice video from the last podcast on my speech on the vision, consistency and hard work. A lot of people want to just focus on that last piece, the hard work right?
[0:22:27.3] RT: It’s the action, right?
[0:22:30.6] CD: The consistency over time, losing that month here, under training for six months here. All of this adds up.
[0:22:37.5] RT: Big time.
[0:22:39.1] CD: You see people come in and bust their ass really hard for two, three months then they hurt themselves and it’s like, that is not the way to move forward because it is year over year that applying that consistency and I’m not talking about do it in an under training manner. I’m a huge proponent of pushing your absolute limits. But do it damn right, you know?
You can do both, this is what I call the balance of extremes and to that’s a really integral concept to understand is, “Yeah, I want you to push yourself as hard as you possibly can and I want you to do it absolutely right.” Those are not antithesis of each other at all. It’s that dichotomy and bringing it together that enables you to achieve excellence. That is it right there.
That’s how you achieve balance in the world today, it’s not though moderation. It’s not through going, “Oh well I’m going to make sure I don’t hurt myself. I’m just going to kind of take it easy when I go to the gym, go through the motions.” You know, going through the motions and moderation is what leads people to not performing well at their jobs, half-assing their family time, sitting around and watching TV and having a few beers, everything. Everything there is all moderation and guess what, you’ve got a shitty boring life.
[0:24:12.9] RT: Yup. No that’s true man.
[0:24:15.8] CD: You have no value to the world. Is that you? Is that the life you want to live? I mean not me, at least from my perspective, I want to have an impact on the world. I want to change the people around me for positive manner. I want to leave a mark and to do that, you’ve got to push those limits but be smart about it and you see a lot of athletes at least when I got into the sport that were — they put everything into it. That was who they were.
They were divorced or they had a crappy job or they’re a bouncer or just — these different types of things and that’s where they push it to extreme and it is the only thing of importance to them and then they’ve never achieved balance because they’re not doing the balance of extremes. You can do both. “Hey, I want to be an exceptional athlete, I want to be great with my family,” means you make sacrifices and drop some of the other stuff that adds no value.
Like my wife asked me, “You’re going to go see your other girlfriend,” well she’s referring to the gym or my projects because I have no time in my life for other things, there’s not concern that I’m staying over, going to stay out late with my drinks and beer or the things that don’t add value, there’s no time for that. My affair is with — they’re all known things.
[0:25:53.3] RT: Which is probably the affair any significant other would want you to have. Not to the extent of neglecting them, but if there’s going to be an affair — Leno talks about it, he’s like, “I come home, I smell like gasoline and grease, I don’t smell like perfume, my wife’s happy.”
[0:26:07.6] CD: Exactly. When I’m there with my family, I’m there with my family. I’m not distracted or, “It’s time to watch some TV, have a beer, relax, do my,” you know, I’m there for them. That’s the balance of extremes. It is mixing that together and having both ends of it. Screw moderation and so you need to apply that same thing to exactly what I’m talking about here. This is, Kabuki.ms is how do you take that, turn that traction control off, take that 400 pound squat training session, turn it into a 440? You’re going to realize better results from doing that. Now if you can do it without actually injuring yourself, man you’re light years ahead.
[0:26:52.2] RT: Right, exactly.
[0:26:54.1] CD: Add that up year over year, that’s how you get there.
[0:26:57.6] RT: Yeah, this is not adding X amount of pounds just like that at the expense of burning yourself out quickly. No, that’s not what we’re talking about here.
[0:27:06.0] CD: Absolutely, exactly. No, we’re just talking about turning of the systems in your body that are, we’re turning off that traction control that’s trying to save you from doing what? Crashing and injuring yourself, it’s the exact same mechanism. You’ve got this central nervous system wiring in the car and we’ve got it in our bodies and there’s specific things that actually turn it on and off.
If you can control that, there’s reasons that it’s on and I love this, this is something, there’s not a bunch of mobility work on Kabuki.ms, there’s some but really we focus on movement, stabilization, queuing of proper movement, all these things. “Yeah, but the mobility work is so damn important. You’ve got to have the balance of if you’re strength training, you got to do your mobility work.” I look at people and say, “You realize that that is actually the traction control again?”
If you got to destabilized joint where you don’t have core stability or proper joint demonstration, what happens is the body begins protecting that joint by reducing your mobility. Your lack of mobility is the output of you doing something wrong. We want to — Kabuki.ms is all about doing it right to begin with. So if you do it right, you don’t have those protective measures kicking in of going, if you have to spend 45 minutes of stretching and rolling and doing all this stuff before a workout every day so you can get through the work out. You really need to look at what you’re doing.
[0:28:45.7] RT: Yeah, yeah. Somebody said that one time where if it takes you that much work just to feel good enough to actually start training, you might not be training correctly.
[0:28:55.3] CD: Exactly. People kind of miss that, they think it’s the balance piece that’s what they got to do. It’s like, “No, you’re actually doing maintenance work, why don’t you find out what’s going wrong to begin with?” I’m not saying that you don’t do it and we have it on our site as well, here’s the application of it because you may have, we ran into that point and you’ve got to do the triage work.
“Oh my triceps has got some major adhesions in it and yeah, I did some stuff wrong with my pressing, I need to fix that but right now I also need to train this week. Here, I’m going to do some factual manipulation of the triceps, here’s how we do it.” But you know what if three months from now you’re still having to do that, you’re having a drug problem.
[0:29:36.2] RT: Right, exactly.
[0:29:38.2] CD: To me that’s like a big miss that people get as they miss the point that that stuff is triage work and it becomes like, “Oh that’s the stuff that you’re supposed to do,” and it is an indicator that something is wrong and you need to go find and fix what’s wrong and that’s where Kabuki.ms comes in. This is our methodology for finding and fixing that. A squat should not be making your hips close up, I mean think about it, it should be doing the exact opposite right?
[0:30:10.9] RT: Right, but the thing is, since the majority of people experience that problem, all of a sudden everybody starts thinking of course that’s what it does because that’s what’s happening to people. The reality is no, I think what’s occurring here is people are not potentially doing things properly, therefore they’re having these issues, it doesn’t mean that that is what’s supposed to happen if you’re doing things correctly. How about we get in to some of the specifics Chris. First, let’s jump to a break and we’ll come right back after that, sounds good to you?
[0:30:40.3] CD: Sounds good.
[0:30:41.1] RT: Okay guys, you’re listening to Chris Duffin, the mad scientist at power lifting and we’ll be right back after this break.
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[0:31:55.0] RT: All right guys, back with our guest Chris Duffin from Kabuki.ms. kabukistrength.com. Two of his websites and we’re talking today about his movement system and it is — I would say a game changer. You check out some of Chris’s stuff, if you’ve ever bought a piece of his equipment you realize that this guy’s all about top notch high quality and that is the case also with his movement system that he’s been really focusing on recently.
Chris, I want to ask you some questions, you mentioned some things last time before the break here. You said — correct me if I’m wrong — joint Gestation? Is that the word? I don’t’ know if I heard that right.
[0:32:30.6] CD: Centration.
[0:32:32.1] RT: Centration, okay, all right. What does that mean? Joint centration, how does that affect my lifting? Why is that important?
[0:32:38.3] CD: Let me tell you a story. This is a doctor that showed up to one of my seminars and he was coached, he’s a powerlifter, he’s certified in some of the methodologies that I steal from because I pull my material from all over the place. He’s like kettlebell instructor, he’s an active guy, he knows his stuff. He was being coached at the time, actually the guy that watched his video was a guy named Kirk Kerowiski. He was competing at a competition, if you don’t know Kirk, he’s one of the best powerlifters and Strong Men around.
[0:33:14.2] RT: Captain Kirk right?
[0:33:15.6] CD: That’s right. He’s at this meet and he dislocates his shoulder while bench pressing. A lot of pain, can’t lift, he turns to Kirk, he’s like, “What happened?” Kirk’s like, “I don’t know. Don’t know what happened.” This guy, this is what he does for a living so he reaches out to some of his friends that are professionals in the sport as well. He develops okay, here’s my rehab, starts working it, three months later, dislocates his shoulder again.
At this point he’s having trouble falling asleep because he’s in pain every night. Basically his lifting is done with, he has been unable to lift. This goes on for two years, he doesn’t know why this happened, doesn’t know how to fix it and then he came across my website while he was actually referred to me from Dr. Craig Libenson who is a leading rehab guy in the world. He said, “Hey, you should check out Chris’s content.”
He goes to my website and he finds this free video series on shoulder health and he watches the video and he’s like, “Oh this is all the stuff I’ve been doing, all the stuff that all my comrades at arms and the rehab world are saying to do. Wow, this guy must know his stuff,” and this is a free video series so I referenced my product seminar if you want to take this to the next level.
He buys my product, which is the Shoulder Rock and he starts swinging it and the coaching on the swinging is to help improve joint centration of the shoulder in connection to the core. If we lose — imagine you’re bench pressing and you’ve got that nice elbow tuck position and in that position, you’re pulling your shoulders like down towards you’re your pockets in your hips and you’re retracting them towards your back and that’s getting you in this nice good, centrated position in the shoulder.
If you watch somebody that’s benching like, let’s just say an average gym goer, bodybuilder type. When the lift the top of the bar, they’ll actually get to the top with the bench, they’ll actually push their shoulders up off the bench and pull them forward with the pecks. That’s pulling the joint and that’s pulling the joint forward out of its natural centred position.
Or they’ll go with this really high position and the bar will come up by their neck. Again, their joint, their shoulder is escaping through some internal rotation, it just loses again, loses that proper cent rated position.
[0:36:02.2] RT: Okay
[0:36:03.0] CD: We want that basically that joint caps, sitting in the capsule to be in and it’s nice and centred position. Anytime it starts moving out of that position, that’s where we have problems. He gets out of pain but he still can’t lift, he still doesn’t know why his shoulder dislocated in the movement. He can go to sleep at night without pain by using the Shoulder Rock, he’s starting the progress and this just happened in a matter of a few weeks of doing this and this is basically getting that shoulder, what we call communicating well.
I use a lot of what we call developmental kinesiology with my coaching and queuing methodologies and that’s really — it’s kind of like a reset button on your computer. As we’re developing as children, we actually have this patterns and how you actually learn to roll over, how do you learn to get into the crawl position, how you start learning. Everybody does exactly the same way, exactly the same time frame so this is how our body teaches itself to work together and coordinate its movement. Then we break it when we get older because we spend a whole lot of time sitting and watching TV or playing on our computer and doing all this stuff.
Development kinesiology is like, how do you actually trick the body into thinking it’s walking through that pattern again and hitting the reset button and it starts working properly again? He shows up to the seminar and we get to the bench press portion and we walk through some of the stuff. Basically what end up happening, he didn’t have the proper lat engagement. A lot of people don’t realize that the lat is both a spinal stabilizer but it also impacts the shoulder position and we were teaching some shoulder packing anthropology, the integration, proper intra abdominal pressurization in the core. Then, to take it a step further, we went through the impact of the pinky.
Right now, you and anybody listening, reach your arms out to the sides so you’re in this cross position and now close your pinky. Do you feel your lats come on a little bit? You should feel those ever so slightly. It’s not huge but it’s another piece. This is something some people if they grab the squat bar, they don’t grab it with their pinky, you still want to close and apply pressure with the pinky because this is queues lat engagement. We had him at the seminar, do the same thing.
He goes from not being able to bench for two years, to benching at the seminar and within the week, he’s posting videos on Facebook of him benching the weights that he was doing for repetition two years ago. Hasn’t been able to — he’s continued to make progress since then. No shoulder issues whatsoever, shoulder pain’s gone, benching back to training, everything is beautiful due to the teaching, the mechanism. There’s a whole bunch of different things that we drew from. These are some little tricks like the pinky trick in other things that we go through in our seminar series and this is all in the kabuki.ms as well. Boom, there we go.
We have now fixed this problem that again a lot of clinicians they’ve got all their corrective movements but how do you actually apply it in the real world with those of us that lift weights to realize results? And that’s where I come in. So I think that’s a great story. We’ve got a ton of stories where people come in the seminars and they’re just not able to do something and we turn them around just like that. This is a great story because it’s somebody that had all the resources at their disposal. Had the knowledge, have the industry contacts but still needed that connection with, “Okay, this is the system and methodology that you employ for those of us that apply stuff heavy load and have issues in that manner.” I think that’s a good story.
[0:40:18.2] RT: I would agree and that’s quite a success story in terms of him turning around, he almost feels like he got his life back in a way.
[0:40:23.0] CD: Yeah.
[0:40:24.3] RT: Okay, I think this leads me to a question which I think you just kind of answered it in the last sentence and that is, why doesn’t anybody else, why haven’t they figured it out and why have you? And is it because you not only are you the president, you’re also the client, is that kind of the thinking here? Is that what’s going on?
[0:40:42.1] CD: Maybe a little bit. I’m a lifter right? But a lot of — it’s just a perspective shift. A lot of people have developed these movement patterns and they use it in this clinical based corrective manner because most of the people that they’re dealing with are sedentary individuals that have — it’s your standard population.
This stuff works with athletes as well but the problem is, it doesn’t really take them and allow them to continue moving forward with heavy loads and that’s not really their focus. I went about this like, I need to change my whole perspective. Nobody’s looking at this like, I don’t want to go back to the ground zero of doing nothing and working through a beer can exercise right? Soda can exercise, you know? That’s not going to get me anywhere, how can I fix this with a squat? That’s just not the thought process that someone is going to go through.
A lot of the principles like I said are taken from developmental kinesiology and so the developmental kinesiology folks where I’m taking from is dynamic neuromuscular stabilization, it’s from the Prague School of Medicine. I work with a lot of the top instructors there over the last few years. They have a whole sport division but all their sport is like javelin throwing, running, these are all the things.
From a thought perspective, they’re not into lifting weights, they actually really don’t kind of approve of it because what they’ve seen is like this more bodybuilder isolation type approach from the past that is completely different than how we actually strength train which is integrative movement today. We squat, we dead lift, we overhead press, we do these very basic core movements that integrate a lot of movement.
They’re not familiar, so there’s just, there’s an integral bias in their program and so that’s where I’m trying to position myself. This is the two things, we’ve talked a lot about my passion for changing how strength coaching is done. This is what Kabuki MS is. I have tons of strength and conditioning coaches from pro baseball teams, pro football, like all this that are putting — they’re buying our equipment, they’re using our methods, they’re putting this stuff to use, not just powerlifting and Strong Man, we’re talking, this is across the board.
I couldn’t tell you how many colleges integrate our methodologies. I’m happy with that. Because so much is done and taught wrong right now in high school, colleges, pro level, all of this. My other pieces, I want to change the whole clinical perspective, the thought process that is, “Well if the squats hurt you don’t squat. Let’s go get this other thing.”
[0:43:37.1] RT: Yeah, exactly.
[0:43:38.9] CD: “Let’s go do this other thing.” I’m trying to position myself in a manner that I can have an impact both upward and downward. I’m starting to have an impact because I’ve actually brought so much exposure to DNS where the DNS folks know me. I’m the weight lifting guy and. You could see it like I go to their — they’ll have a lot of the same presentation material over and over again and they’ve always got like this bodybuilder like picture in there and it’s this bad thing and it’s just some ingrained bias that’s been there in that community.
That is clearly why nobody’s put this together in the fashion that it is because of that. That’s something I’m trying — this is my standpoint. This is what I tell the clinicians all the time because I can take the people that know the actual evidence based corrective stuff better than I do. They know the core stabilization stuff better than I do. I can put them under a squat and I had to say, “You just taught me but I can show you that you’re not doing what you say you’re doing.”
[0:44:53.2] RT: Yeah, it’s kind of like the athlete that just knows but may not be able to teach you this well as the instructor per se but although it’s you, it’s a slightly a different story because you are at the point where you’re able to instruct it.
[0:45:05.5] CD: You can make it look like you’re doing it when you’re doing a single leg glute bridge.
[0:45:09.2] RT: Yeah, exactly but let’s get some serious load here.
[0:45:12.1] CD: You get 95% of your squat maxed on a bar and it breaks down. This is the value of actually lifting heavy is that we can find actually when we’re not doing it. We can actually have a much bigger — we can find that failure point, find what’s not actually happening that we think is happening and so when you’re working with what I call the remedial movement, you can think you got it nailed but you’re not doing it. I demonstrate this all the time because like I said, I train people that are actually more knowledgeable in this stuff than me.
But with my method, I can actually show them that, “Oh no, you’re not doing this,” and bam, the light bulb will come on and then they’ll know it. Because some of these things have to be done with such intent and purpose to make it happen, it’s not passive like, “Oh I’m going to think about doing this.” It is very — we use this, you’ll hear it repeated over and over in our videos because this is one of the hard parts with teaching online is I’m not there in person that can jab somebody in the lat or say, “Look, no, you’re not doing it. Do it more, do it more.”
Until they actually go, “I didn’t realize just really what you meant as far as how much intent I must put into turning that on or really nailing that queue.” That’s the thing under heavy load, if you’re not doing it, it’s gonna tell ya. That’s my proposition of the value of doing heavy loaded movement versus a remedial type pattern.
[0:46:54.4] RT: Yeah, you can’t fake it once you get into that kind of weight. All of us know when you’re doing warm-ups, if you don’t pay attention you could very easily lift way outside of the groove of the actual movement itself and you’d probably be fine with very light weights but once you get up to anything serious, that’s not the case anymore. I could definitely see how that happens?.
[0:47:10.2] CD: Exactly.
[0:47:11.9] RT: How did you get hooked up with the guys in Prague quickly? I’m interested in knowing that.
[0:47:15.7] CD: Again, I guess that’s just me the networking thing from my past corporate world experience but I’m like, I need to meet the best right? I’ve really been very good at developing he relationships here in the US with some of the key people, the key movers and shakers and then next thing you know I’m like helping co-present at some of their seminars and they’re going, “Hey, I really need to introduce you to such and such.” I’ll sign up for this seminar but I’ll get this nice personal introduction, I’ll actually get the time to spend together, talking with this person, these instructors on the side and it all kind of builds on upon itself because clearly, I have some level of intelligence and knowledge about what I’m doing in application.
So it’s able to just kind of build upon itself. A lot of it has been just networking and the introductions. That wouldn’t happen if, like you said, before they started, you told this story about the lion, the tiger and the hare. If I didn’t have what it — to back up, you know, that I wouldn’t have been able to continue to develop that. That’s been huge, I can get on the phone with some of the top people in the world and I do.
Or go visit them or have them here and teaching at my facility and this is, it’s an incredible resource. This is how I’ve gotten to where I’m at, this is how I put this together because it’s… there is so much constant and knowledge. I could have spent a lifetime and not figured all this stuff out myself right? I said, “I steal”. I steal profusely but I take the common threads and I put it together in a manner.
[0:48:57.4] RT: It’s inspirational borrowing.
[0:49:00.4] CD: Exactly. I like that one.
[0:49:04.7] RT: Yeah, that’s ultimately what has to happen. You get a lot of guys, like you said, you can’t learn this stuff in a lifetime because each single aspect of this you can deep, deep, deep dive man and get a PhD in each single little section of this. You could spend a lifetime in it. Then it requires somebody like you who steps in, who is actually the guy that’s going to put this stuff to use with himself can come in, take a look at all this ideas and like you were saying a moment ago, before I made the lives crack there.
You see the common kind of thread between a lot of these items and then you kind of gather them all up and okay, how can I apply this stuff, it’s like the outside usually is the one who shows up, doesn’t have the blinders on per se and is able to take from this guy, take from this idea, take from this concept, let’s mix it together and let’s see what happens and not only that, I’m actually applying this stuff at a very high level and let’s see what happens because let’s be honest Chris. You don’t exactly represent the average person right? In terms of what you’re doing in performance and the type of training that you do. That alone, it just makes sense that on average, academia is focused potentially more so on the average person. Now I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case, I’m sure they probably have groups that focus on more specialized individuals like yourself, specialized groups of individuals but yeah, it does make sense to me why somebody like yourself who obviously is intelligent, can come in, take this information, comprehend it and ultimately come up with something like this that is kind of a game changer in many ways.
[0:50:34.1] CD: Yeah, I think you hit it on the head there. It pretty much had to be somebody like that.
[0:50:39.8] RT: Yeah, exactly that. I think so, I think so. Okay, tell me, how do we find out more, how do we do this? To me so far, it sounds like there’s like an online spot that we can go to almost like a portal, a platform, kabuki.ms, you have educational materials there, very in depth high quality stuff , do you also have any type of seminars or anything that you teach because it sounded like you guys did have some of that stuff.
[0:51:05.5] CD: Yeah, I do four seminars a year, they’re located at the major geographic areas of the US. They’re not an anywhere everywhere, those are available so if you go to kabukistrength.com, find the web store and look under coaching services and you’ll see the list of seminars. That’s a great service because it’s again, the hands on approach, I can’t tell you is if you want to really take it to the next level that’s something that you need to do.
So I highly recommend that for gym owners, trainers, clinicians or the athletes that just want o maximize their — they want to be the best that they can be. So there’s, you know, just a regular person that wants to take advantage of that as well. It completely depends and then yeah, the self-help version is, the seminars, they run $500 a piece right now and that’s not something that everybody can do so I wanted to have something that is a great self-help resource.
That’s the website is $10 bucks a month which is very cheap, there is a $50 initiation fee but for your listeners, we do have a discount code to knock that 50% off for you in which we’ll go over here at some point. That’s just a great resource to have so you can walk through the methodology, it’s probably going to take you at least a month to kind of work through the site if you’re really focused on doing, spending a few hours a day on it.You can probably get through it.
Otherwise it’s going to take you a few months but six months from now, you may have a knee issue pop up or something else and something else. It’s a great resource to continue to have and then like I said, we’re developing a network of people that are certified so that that will be on the website as well. So if you want to take it, find somebody in your area that can help you, you’ll be able to hopefully do that as well. That’s the kabuki.ms and that goes live February 6th which should be up by the time that this podcast airs I believe.
[0:53:09.8] RT: All right guys, you know I always say this exact same thing, I sound like a broken record and it’s true because I’m always harping on this because look, the story that Chris shared with us, the guy was training and he was being trained under one of the best power lifters around ever. Captain Kirk, that guy is a legend, go look him up online like Chris said, if you haven’t heard of him.
The guy hurt himself and what happened and Kirk was man enough to say I don’t know what happened, let’s figure this out ,which is a bit of an indication as to why Kirk ultimately became one of the best and greatest power lifters of all time. Anyway, getting back to the main point here. The guy got injured two years no benching. Two years.
[0:53:51.1] CD: Yeah, we’re talking, this is his practice, this is what he does for a living is fixes those people.
[0:53:55.7] RT: Think about that for a minute and then think about this: when he found the right thing, the proper answer, the solution, how long was it before he was back up and running again Chris?
[0:54:06.4] CD: It was immediate and then within the first week, he was almost 100% back in the gym training, after two years of not.
[0:54:16.4] RT: Right, now Chris mentioned this near the beginning of the interview here. When you’re able to eliminate that traction control type of system, that’s holding you back so you can go from let’s say from squatting 400 a session to 440 and then that’s great for that session and you’re doing it safely and correctly mind you because that is the point here, we’re not trying to be wreck less and kill ourselves.
Then you extrapolate that over time because it’s all about the consistency as Chris said. That’s really what — I mean ultimately it’s the long game. If you want to become, if you really want to get somewhere with this, yes you can make great gains in 90 days, you could shred some fat, you can get a six pack, you could look good, that’s great and that’s awesome if that’s what you want. There’s nothing wrong with that kick start things.
If you’re looking for real massive progress and you’re looking to really maximize your potential, it’s a longer term gain. However, it does not have to be as long term as a lot of us think nowadays. With the knowledge that we have when it comes to training, programming, form, nutrition, recovery, the stuff that Chris is talking about here which a lot of it he takes into account. We didn’t talk about coaching program this time, we’re going to have to have you come back on and talk about that.
The point I’m trying to make is, Chris said earlier on, you extrapolate that added few pounds and it’s not even a few. That’s 10% let’s just say and I don’t think you’re necessarily guaranteeing 10% but at any rate, a substantial amount of weight that you’re untapped, that’s untapped. You’ve tapped into that, you extrapolate that over months over a few years and now the progress is just out of this world. Let’s kind of put all this pieces together here, what the heck was he talking about? I’m kind of all over the place.
The point I’m making is, somebody got injured and he went two years and his profession as a fixed people before he found a solution. Good thing he ultimately did find a solution. Over those two years, how much progress did he lose? How much sleep did he lose over that? What kind of games did that play with his head? Quality of life went down, I can’t do the thing that I enjoy right now, he’s competing so obviously that’s important thing for him, he’s unable to do that now.
When you find the right people, I know it’s not always easy to fork up the cash for things but $10 bucks a day, come on.
[0:56:26.1] CD: A month, $10 bucks a month.
[0:56:26.8] RT: I’m sorry I apologize, $10 a month I apologize, even if it was $10 bucks a day you had to be — but yes, $10 bucks a month to get this information and here I am like this big pitch man trying to pitch the product and tells me. Chris doesn’t need it because if anybody every takes a look at any of the stuff that he does, you just sold on it right away.
I always say, the only real shortcut in life, the closest thing to a shortcut is doing it right the first time and that means proper form, proper programming, proper nutrition. That means avoiding getting injured because you’re training properly and if you do get injured, get healed as quickly as possible and to the best of your ability so that you’re up and running again, the closest as possible to 100% if not beyond 100% of your capabilities.
This is when all of a sudden now, we start making amazing progress and I truly believe now especially with the Internet and social media and all of this platforms that guys like Chris can come on and share their information and share ideas like what Chris did, there was that cross pollination of ideas, the guy like him stepped in, took a couple of different ideas, merged them and came out with a synergistic whole that is really making a difference right now.
This information, I truly believe, spearheaded by guys like Chris. This is the stuff that’s going to take us to the next level, whether it’s you’ve achieved a very high level performance in a shorter period of time, or we’re now setting greater PR’’s, higher levels of performance than were ever set before. I think that’s what’s happening right now and Chris right now honestly is at the forefront of that, he’s really the Vanguard of this right now with what he’s doing.
I was really happy when I knew that we were getting you back on because again, just the quality of your work. Guys, I say it all the time because I know what it’s like, I went through, and Chris had talked about it before too getting injured. I went through just not necessarily knowing how to train correctly, knock on wood, I haven’t ever had any debilitating injuries but I know what it’s like to kind of waste time with your training because you’re not doing it correctly and when I hooked up with somebody that really knew how to put together the training program and I showed up with the will to put it to work, magic happened real quick.
Don’t waste that time because sometimes that frustration, that lack of progress frustrates you that either just give up and give in, just say, “Well, I guess the magazines are right, I don’t have the genetics of a superstar, therefore I’ll just have to settle for being Joe Average.” The reality is, Joe average, average Joe genetics can go a very long way. I guarantee you, the average person working out, if they were able to get the type of training that Chris that you offer, if they had “average genetics” they would be blown away at what’s possible if they were training, you know if the training was correct and the nutrition was correct, recovery was correct, they would be no…
[0:59:01.5] CD: Absolutely. That is the bulk of our clientele.
[0:59:06.3] RT: Yeah, that whole average stuff man, all anybody needs to do is go back, way back to like the 40’s, the 30’s, the 50’s, read some of those old school magazines from back then, there’s guys, they had no supplementation, they had next to nothing for equipment, they had the bare essentials but they were focusing on productive training and they really wanted to get somewhere and a lot of these guys made tremendous progress, and they were just average every day guys with a heck of a lot less of what we had to work with than what we have nowadays.
Take advantage of tremendous coaches and mentors like Chris. You can’t buy time man, once it goes, you can’t get it back. Other than obviously hiring people and buying “other people’s time”. You really can’t buy time in the sense of once it’s gone, it’s gone. Chris said something earlier and it’s interesting because we just had John Berardi on from Precision Nutrition who is another fantastic resource when it comes to nutrition and he mentioned some things along the lines of what Chris said and if you guys listen to a lot of this top notch champions man that are performing at a very high level like Chris, you’ll hear a lot of commonalties and they really lived on purpose.
They’re not just screwing around man. Chris is getting a lot of stuff done man because he’s focused, it’s not like you don’t have any downtime but when you do, you enjoy your down time but at the same time, I don’t want to speak for you Chris, but you’re not screwing around and crap and bullshit and saying, “Oh man, where did my life go? What did I do on my weekend, I didn’t do anything on the weekend, crap, it just was a blur, I don’t even remember really.”
[1:00:34.4] CD: Balance of extremes right there.
[1:00:36.7] RT: That’s what it is man. When you come to somebody like Chris, somebody who is a champion, go back and listen to the interviews we’ve had with guys that have performed at this level when you work with somebody like this you’re getting a lot more than advice on how to put more pig iron on the bar or more muscle on your frame. It’s a way of life man in more ways than one and that’s one of the beautiful things about training is if you allow it, the benefits that you gain from it will float to other areas of your life and enrich them as well. Chris, thank you so much for coming on, parting advice, what do you have for us?
[1:01:09.1] CD: I’d like to pass along the discount code so “superstrength”, all one word, we’ll get you on that 50% off the initiation for the — I’d really love people to come check it out and see what they can do because here’s the thing, strength training, a lot of times people have looked at as being detrimental. They do it because they want to be bigger and stronger but along with it comes injury, lack of mobility, like all this stuff. Strength training should be additive to your life, it should do nothing but improve the quality of your life as a whole when done correctly. There is no weakness in strength, that’s my parting thoughts.
[1:01:54.8] RT: I love that saying. It reminds me a bit of Mr. Bell from SuperTraing.tv.
[1:02:03.4] CD: I think I stole that one from him.
[1:02:05.3] RT: I know you guys had a great little series there a while back. Guys, go on YouTube and check that out, its great stuff and check out Super Training man, those guys, they got amazing info down there.
[1:02:13.5] CD: Yup, I’ll be down with him hopefully here shortly.
[1:02:17.5] RT: Yeah, “Strength is never a weakness,” I think is what he says at the end there. Good info, great stuff. Guys, superstrengthshow.com, search for Chris Duffin, you’re going to find two shows and this one here, this is the mobility, the movement system, this one here will be available on the website, you’ll be able to listen to it there, download it, there will be links to the various podcasting platforms that we’re on that you could listen to it there as well. Sign up so they come straight to you man, this is pure gold that these guys are dishing out for us.
These are busy guys, got a lot on the go and for them to carve out this time to sit down and share a lot of this hard earned knowledge with us and wisdom, the only way you get this kind of stuff guys is truly through blood, sweat, tears and years man. I mean that’s just the truth of the matter. For them to sit down and kind of just distill it for us, it means a lot and I’m really grateful for that, I really appreciate that. And I know you guys are too which when you are able to actually lead…
[1:03:14.2] CD: I appreciate the time.
[1:03:16.3] RT: Any time, and I’m looking forward to having you hack. There’s also option to leave a review, that’s great, five stars if you think we deserve it on iTunes, is an amazing way to bring us higher up in the rankings but also that’s crucial because what it does, it allows guys like Chris to know we got an engaged audience and it’s worthwhile for him to come on the show.
So if you could do that, we appreciate, for all of you who have done it so far, thank you so much. Feedback@superstrengthshow.com Good, bad or fugly guys, let us know what you’d like to see more of, less of, you name it, shoot it on over, don’t hold anything back, we love reading it all. Training, photos, videos, before and afters, maybe your home gym setup. You name it, send the link or the image over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we love sharing it with our audience.
On the show notes page, we’re going to have a bunch of links to a lot of the goodies that Chris had mentioned, he was also gracious enough to provide that code for us to save on something that’s already, I mean he’s literally giving this thing away on top of it, we’re getting a discount on top of that. I mean, just thank you so much for that Chris, take advantage of that guys. The code is “superstrength”, highly recommend you take advantage of that and then other than that, make sure you sign up for the daily tips that when you’re on our website.
And don’t forget to check him out. kabukistrength.com, kabuki.ms, don’t forget to do that, if you can ever get it in person, seminar or training. I’ve been to various ones, not Chris’s yet but I’m really looking forward to doing one. Virtual is fantastic, distance is great but hands on, can’t be beat. I would recommend signing up for his Kabuki.ms platform, sign up for that, take advantage of that and prepare yourself so when you’re ready to go to the actual seminar itself, you’re ready to go, you show up, you’re prepared, you’re hitting the ground running, you’re able to ask some educated questions and get even that much more out of the live training in personal training. Definitely think about that guys.
All right, with that being said, thank you one last time, I really appreciate it Chris.
[1:05:08.6] CD: Thank you.
[1:05:09.1] RT: All right guys, as always, put this stuff to use, until next time, train smart, train hard and we’ll talk to you then.
More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About
- Chris explains his business and coaching
- Know where to pull information from
- Always move forward, not backwards
- The Kabuki Movement Systems
- Why your nervous system detunes you body when you don’t have proper joint centration or core stability
- Focus on what is driving pain
- Push yourself as hard as you possibly can and to do it absolutely right
- Find the balance of extremes
- Your lack of mobility is the output of you doing something wrong
- Joint Centration
- Developmental Kinesiology
- Heavy Load Movement Vs. Remedial Type Pattern
- There is no weakness in strength
About Chris Duffin
Chris Duffin is an Ex Corporate Executive turned Inventor and Movement professional. 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 Strength & Conditioning coaches. He promotes and uses evidence-based approaches in developing his coaching and cueing methodologies and strength training equipment.
Chris keeps it simple with reinforcing clean natural movement patterns and then focusing on building strength. He is the only person in the world today squatting and deadlifting over 900 lbs at his bodyweight, he is one of the best Powerlifters of our age, and one of the most respected powerlifting coaching strength coaches. He is the only powerlifting strength coach that is regularly asked to present at PHD level courses on human movement.
FREE Report – Instant Strength: The one little trick that will instantly boost your strength by 10 lbs or more in your main lifts.
ShouldeRök™ – for increased shoulder strength, core stability, to rational strength, proper spinal position and increased shoulder mobility and function.
Velocity Based Training Methods – Virtual coaching with Chris Duffin
The Reset System – With Shawn Sherman & Jonathan Loos
Introducing the – Protein Growler
Discussing Limb Length, Leverages, and Technique – 850 x 5 Deadlift – 2015wk47
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- Awesome PodcastApril 21, 2017 by Brooke Craven from United States
Ray, host of Super Strength Show, highlights all aspects of fitness and nutrition in this can't miss podcast. Ray and his expert guests offer insightful and inspirational advice on how to live a healthy lifestyle!
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That Frank Zane interview!
- awesome fitness podcast and great varietyJuly 7, 2016 by jskoosh71 from United States
Really glad I found this. Lots of care into each podcast, Ray walks the walk and really understands what is being discussed. I really just have one request- stop the Delorean story.
- 51 and going strongJune 22, 2016 by Canvas back from Canada
I used to lift heavy in my late teens and into my 30s and then other thinks like kids,job, house etc took over and I lost motivation. I'm 52 now and starting to show the signs of aging so I thought I better get back at it. It was real tough. Slower gains, easy injuries, slower recovery. Tough to get back into the grove. While searching for some motivating pod casts I came across the SSS pod casts. I listen daily and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. It's more motivating that a gym full of people. I have learned more in 2 months than I learned in 20 years. The host is great to listen to, is very knowledgeable and keeps me wanting more. The guests are great. I look forward to listening. We have a wellness committee at my work and I think I have the entire group as fans of the SSS. Please don't ever stop!
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Ryan inspires me to change my fitness mindset from just doing more reps to creating a body to live the life I want.
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Stumbled upon this podcast and very glad I did, fantastic guests with tons of evidence based information, highly recommended.
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Truly a great pod cast very informative and 100% applicable.
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Ray has some very interesting guests on here and does a good job of getting some useful information out of them.
- Intelligent, interesting interviewsMarch 25, 2016 by Clown puncher 5000 from United States
Really. Smart guys.
- Killer PodcastFebruary 26, 2016 by RidgeWC from United States
Ray puts out a really great show—every episode is top quality!
- Great work!January 14, 2016 by NotMattDamon from Canada
Impressed by the content and guest - keep up the great work!
- THE Super Strength ShowDecember 14, 2015 by Oastorga from United States
I came across this podcast through another great podcast (the RDella Podcast) and I must say I'm hooked. I like the action items that are revealed for us to do rather than just taking in more info. I especially like that is simple but not simplistic. I'm 58 years young and shows like this reafirm that I'm doing the right thing. I use Kettlebells, Sandbags, Barbells, Indian Clubs and body weight in my training. I don't look like a fitness model but I feel pretty good. Knowing more and refining techinque has been very important for me. The idea is not to just listen but to do something with the information. The format allows that. Thanks for your hard work.
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I listened to the entire interview with Danny Kavadlo while I was cooking dinner. VERY good podcast! I give it a ?!!
- Highly recommend this showNovember 30, 2015 by Altruistic? from United States
I love this show. Thoughtful host. Interesting guests. Since listening it, I have been giving more consideration to the mental side of training. It's a very encouraging show.
- Great show!November 14, 2015 by Rmolson from United States
I started training at the age of 41 obese and intimidated. The guests are an inspiration and encouragement toto keep moving forward on this journey.
- Amazing ContentNovember 13, 2015 by MattTucker93 from Canada
Love listening to this podcast. Amazing information and I always learn something from all the great guests. Thank you!
- Great showSeptember 15, 2015 by unadjective from United States
Some really cool guests that I wouldn't otherwise come across and Ray does a great job getting into their expertise. Almost always wish the show was longer.
- I love thisSeptember 12, 2015 by Mvecdi from Canada
Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before. I listen to it while working out or driving etc. Just wanted to tell you to keep doing what you are doing. And would love to see more of people like Mike Israetel etc. Such as Brad Schoenfeld. Anyways love the show, thanks for making it.
- Very professionalSeptember 7, 2015 by Ayrshire Lad from United Kingdom
Always learning something new from Ray and his well selected line up of guests. Sometimes feels a little repetitive as Ray asks all the tried and tested questions to ensure the listener always has a takeaway..its laid back but focused and very professional !!
- I love thisSeptember 3, 2015 by Mvecdi from Canada
Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before
- The best podcast in the strength/ fitness industry!August 28, 2015 by Powerlifting101 from Canada
I recommend this podcast to anyone that trying to physically and mental better them self in every aspect.
- Excellent ResourceJuly 25, 2015 by J. Steinmann from United States
Some great interviews with a wide variety of people. I've listened to a number of episodes, and there's always some great information in every interview. If you're serious about strength training, health and fitness, or just want some good life philosophy, this podcast is worth a listen.
- Must subscribe!July 9, 2015 by Roddygo from United States
This is one of the best fitness podcasts. A lot of big names from various backgrounds and Ray asks good questions. He also knows when to ask follow up questions without getting too out of subject and having the guests share some more secrets
- Great Show!July 8, 2015 by Wes Kennedy from Canada
Ray is a great host and has a wide range of quality and professional coaches that have a TON of experience to share with you. Check it out!
- Excellent interviews!July 8, 2015 by another anatomy geek from United States
Ray does a fantastic job of asking articulate and interesting questions. I always really enjoy his podcasts and learn useful info! Keep up the good work!
- has become the best Strength podcastJune 21, 2015 by SuperHuman YYZ from Canada
I think its overtaken superhuman radio and motivation + muscle as the top podcast for those who love physical culture and the iron game. Ray does a great job interviewing, just the right amount of interjecting his ideas and opinions. The guest list is incredible, the who's who, past and present.
- The fountain of youth.June 10, 2015 by rroxanne from Canada
Very good . I love the article. I listened to it 3 times to write everything down. Lol. Bad memory. Oh and love Rays voice.
- just pure MEGA, Pig Iron all the wayMay 25, 2015 by Strongman1981 from United Kingdom
The Super Strength Show is an amazing and extremely informative resource for anyone involved in physical culture. With an enthusiastic and highly intelligent host and a who’s who’s line up of guests, a must for anyone to sit down, eat grapefruits and enjoy. great work chaps
- On another level! Once you hear one episode you will have to hear them all!May 22, 2015 by Chuck Osswald from United States
Super Strength Show starts with top performers/coaches/trainers from around the world and chunks down all the important pieces, directed towards any audience. Ray Toulany is unparalled in his ability to make information easy to understand as well as tease out the unspoken gems. You will be glued to your speakers for the entire episode and find yourself eagerly waiting for more. The care put into each episode is clear with a show notes page that helps the curious learn in any medium. Keep up the great work and thanks Ray!
- A fountain of Strength and training knowledgeMay 14, 2015 by HCF82 from United Kingdom
After searching for an age to find a good strength podcast I discovered the super strength show through Chris Duffins interview and have been hooked since. The format is excellent with some of the best voices in the world of strength and conditioning appearing. No nonsense straight talking, this really should be one of your first resources to go to if you are a coach or an average joe looking to improve in the weight room.
- fantasticMay 10, 2015 by gena_wallis from Australia
i enjoyed your session.looking forward to more staff.Victor from the Youngpreneurs Podcast!
- Well structured, interesting, and informative.May 2, 2015 by TEEJ888888 from Canada
I just listened to the first two episodes of the podcast. It's really good. The questions are solid, there is lots of good advice for lifting and for life, and Ray does a good job at interacting with the guest but keeping things on track and flowing. Ray is articulate and the guests seem professional and smart. Overall, I'm very impressed.
- My top 5 favorite show!April 16, 2015 by mrcdmag from United States
Great show with lots of valuable information! I always have my notebook open and writing.
- Top strength showApril 16, 2015 by Alastair7890 from United Kingdom
Very informative. Top guests
- Great Show!April 10, 2015 by SloneStrength from United States
Well prepared show. Amazing professionalism! Keep up the great work.
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This is an awesome podcast the format, the guests & the topics disscussed are all truely infomative. No BS contained the show always opens up new schools of thoughts and ideas to the listeners. keep up the good work.
- Subscribe, instantly addictiveMarch 2, 2015 by thebroadkaz from Canada
This show is amazing to listen to it motivates you not only for the gym but for setting and achieving goals in your every day life. Very motivating and positive. Truly helps to get you in the right frame of mind for life and for the gym.
- An absolutely ace show everytimeFebruary 24, 2015 by Tommy Eggleton from United Kingdom
This show is phenomenal! The format and repeated questions for each episode keep the show driving forward, the guests have had ample time to prepare excellent and considered opinions and yet the show never feels like anything but no-BS conversations on building seuperhuman strength and mighty bodies. The host, Ray Toulany, consistently does a marvellous job of drawing out even more from his guests than the material they've prepared and some of the stories that are teased out are superb. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anybody that trains, thinks about training, or simply admires strength sports and bodybuilding in general.
- Great ResourceFebruary 4, 2015 by Velvet Jones81 from United States
For someone new to the strength sports like myself this show has been a great resource. Thanks for doing this show. It has helped a lot.
- Paul McIlroyFebruary 2, 2015 by Paul McIlroy from United Kingdom
I've been an avid aficionado of all things strength and physical culture related for the vast majority of my entire life. As a former world champion powerlifter and trainer of world champions in different strength sports I can honestly say that Ray Toulany's Super Strength Show is an absolutely INVALUABLE resource for those wishing/needing to maximise their holistic understanding of strength, what it is to be strong, why that is important and how to best achieve it! The list of guests reads like a star studded "who's who" of strength and conditioning ROYALTY! Plus, more than anything the interviews are a ton of fun and provide a fascinating insight into the very best in the business and what makes them tick. It was my complete pleasure and privilege to be a guest on this amazing show (episode 37). If YOU claim to be serious about strength training and are not currently subscribed to THIS show, my honest advice is do so immediately...if not sooner!
- Super Strength ShowJanuary 26, 2015 by Joeino from United States
I love this podcast as I seem to pick up valuable information from each guest. Listing to this is a fun and productive use of my time
- Excellent InformationJanuary 26, 2015 by TaylorrrrNB from United States
These guys obviously do their homework, work hard to create an excellent show and know who to interview in the world of strength and fitness! I’m very impressed by what they have created and the quality of what they do. You need to subscribe! TODAY!!
- by Brandon RicheyJanuary 22, 2015 by Great Work SSS from United States
The Super Strength Show is a fantastic resource for all things concerning strength, fitness, and life. The multitude of guests provides tons of information and perspectives that every listener will appreciate. If you’re serious about strength and the physical culture this is a resource that you just can’t pass up!
- Very glad I stumbled across this podcast!January 22, 2015 by rk102 from United States
Great info from big-time guests in the strength and conditioning world. Keep up the great work, Ray!
- Awesome showJanuary 13, 2015 by Bonjower from Canada
The Podcast is the best I’ve encountered in the fitness/bodybuilding sector. The host has a great ability to pull the pertinent information out of his guests. The topics are great and you seem to be able to get useful information out of every interview! Awesome podcast!!
- Do yourself a favour and subscribeJanuary 1, 2015 by GameOverBoss from Canada
The amount of info and resources in the SuperStrengthShow is just incredible. All of this coming from guests that are the best of the best in their fields. Great questions are asked to these guys and some really insightful answers given (along with a few laughs). I hate wasting time and i'm always looking to evolve and refine my training. This podcast has saved me hours of digging through the crazy crap on the internet to find valid info. It has also introduced me to things i would have never thought to look up. Really can’t recommend enough.
- Master SFGDecember 24, 2014 by X-Fab69 from Italy
Awesome Podcast! A whole lot of great and useful information provided by very accomplished athletes and coaches with an extended experience on the ground!
- Charles CDecember 22, 2014 by CharlieConnely from Canada
Very impressed with the quality guests that the Super Strength Show is interviewing. Loaded with with actionable and inspiring information. Great production quality and daily episodes!
- Well done RayDecember 19, 2014 by Matt McWilliams from United States
Wow…Super Strenght Show Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Ray. Keep bringing it.
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