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Meet The Mad Scientist of Strength: Chris Duffin

Chris Duffin Episode 76

Meet the Mad Scientists of Strength and find out why the top powerlifters in the world are using the Kabuki Movement System to fix their movement issues and perform better.

Producers Note: Sorry for the poor audio quality. We had a bad internet connection with a low bandwidth during the interview. We have systems in place so this won’t happen again.


Chris Duffin is a dominant force in both raw and multi-ply lifting, He currently held the all-time raw (with wraps) world record with a 881-pound squat at 220-pounds bodyweight. In 2014, he posted a raw total of 2061 pounds in the 220-pound class. In addition to his own competitive success, he has been the owner and coach of Kabuki Strength Lab in Portland, Oregon since 2008. Chris Duffin holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Oregon Institute of Technology and an MBA from The University of Phoenix. Duffin approaches powerlifting at a level of technical efficiency that is unsurpassed. His insight into training has helped many of his students go on to success beyond their expectations.


Episode at a Glance

In Episode 76 of the Doc & Jock Podcast Doc Danny & Coach Joe sit down world record holding powerlifter and founder of the Kabuki Movement System, Chris Duffin to talk training, eating porcupine and how fixing movements is better when using 95% of your 1 rep max.

The episode starts off with Chris regaling us with the tale of how he went from living in a van down by the river to becoming a high level business executive and then why he abandoned it all to teach people how to move better.

The conversation continues with Chris telling us about his  gym Kabuki Labs and how he firmly believes that environment is everything when it comes to competitive strength training.

From there we move into a 30+ minute training conversation on Chris’ methods, thoughts and philosophies.

If you are a lifter or a coach MAKE SURE you listen to this one. There is a ton of interesting information on movement cues, set-ups and theory that is totally outside the box and will definitely help you improve performance and decrease risk.  

If you like the ideas Chris presents in E76 you are in LUCK because for a limited time you can get 50% off initiation fees at Kabuki Movement Systems when you use the code docandjock. Make sure to check it out gang, Chris is doing some really interesting and ground breaking things.



Quick Show Guide




Chris Duffin grew up in the WILD and at some pretty strange things, including porcupine. So how does porcupine taste and does Chris still pine for it?


Chris Duffin’s Origin Story: Hoe he got from living in a trailer down by the river to a guy squatting 4x his body weight


Chris’ professional life started by getting a engineering degree then he moved into management and eventually landed on being hte guy that would help companies do full pivots…so how do you move from that into power lifting


Kabuki Strength labs is the breeding ground for everything Crhis and his crew are doing. So how does Chris work to breed an environment where everyone is at their best all the time


What is DNS and how does Chris apply it to lifting?


How does Chris get practitioners to buy in to squatting 800#’s while they work on moving better?


Kabuki Systems Courses utilize the Prague School DNS principals in his course but encourages people to do it at 95% so at his course is he having people lift that heavy? what else is going on at the course?


Commercial Break


The arched back bench press violates everything every coach teaches about nuetral spine, but Chris loves it..find out why he teaches and the theory behind it


Chris uses Danny’s friend as an example of how the Kabuki Movement System diagnosis and cuing protocol works.


How do you flix pelvic floor dysfunction?


What is the Kabuki Movement System?


In a earlier part of Episode 76 Chris mentioned he manufactures his own equipment find out what products Chris makes, why and where you can get them


Closing Remarks



Post Comments about this episode, potential topics, suggestions for interviews and questions to the Doc and Jock Website, facebook page, and twitter account.  Also be sure to reach out to Dr. Danny and Coach Joe at their personal social media accounts listed below in the show sponsor section.  

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Also, please check out these links to the articles and content creators mentioned during our conversation.

Kabuki Strength Web Site http://www.kabukistrength.com/

Kabuki Movement Systems http://www.kabuki.ms/

Chris’ Blog http://www.elitefts.com/author/chris-duffin/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mad_scientist_duffin/

Chris’ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/kabuki07

Chris’ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chrisduffinstrong

Breaking Muslce Articles http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/chris-duffin



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Thanks for listening and remember, If you have a BODY you’re an ATHLETE



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