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Welcome to the Athlete Journal of world champion powerlifter Chris Duffin. Follow Chris as he trains and competes in various events over the coming year. Chris's journal will be posted every Tuesday.

 

BRIEF BACKGROUND (for more detail - my personal website KabukiWarrior)

 

To provide a little background I am a competitive strength athlete in powerlifting but also known for some of my strength and work capacity “feats” I’ve done in exhibitions. In addition to being an athlete, I am also owner and Head chris duffin, christopher duffin, kabuki warrior, elite performance centerStrength Coach at Elite Performance Center in Portland Oregon. In the past three years I’ve been ranked number one in the world for either the deadlift or squat in my weight class.

 

This year I have decided to get into raw powerlifting. Raw lifting is done with only the use of a belt, wrist wraps, and possibly knee wraps (depending on the sanctioning body). This is as opposed to the use of the special powerlifting suits and shirts that provide extra support. Raw lifting is much more challenging on your body over the long term than when using this supportive gear, but right now I’m looking for the extra challenge.

 

I did my first raw competition in March of this year, which gave me the current number one ranked raw total in the 220lb class.

 

CURRENT COMPETITIVE PLAN

 

My raw competitions over the next year are my priority. They are in August, December, and February of 2013. I have a few other competitions to do, however, too. In November I plan on doing Worlds in multiply powerlifting as it in the US this year, which I may not see again in my career. To qualify I have to place at the top three in Nationals at the end of May. I hope to qualify with minimal specific training in powerlifting gear so I can continue with my raw training. I will also be competing against strongman Derek Poundstone in July at a deadlift event, if I can fit it in.

 

  • May 2012 – Nationals, wearing minimal powerlifting gear
  • July 2012 – Deadlift with Poundstone
  • August 2012 – Raw Pro/Am
  • November – Worlds, in powerlifting gear
  • December – Raw meet in Oregon
  • February – Raw unity meet

 

TRAINING WEEK ENDING 5/5/12

 

MONDAY

 

The prior week I trained pretty hard and Monday was my fourth day straight of training. I began warming up and on my last warm-up set I decided it was time to just take it easy and give myself a break.

 

Bench

135x10

225x5

315x5

375x3

Stopped here

Prowler

3 x 150ft passes with the prowler for a little conditioning work

 

WEDNESDAY

 

Squats

165x5, 5

275x5

385x3

495x1 added belt

585x1 added knee wraps

650x1

715x1

805x1 added power briefs (typically worn under a power suit)

825x1

 

Glute Ham Raise

BW x 25

BW+2 chains on neck x 16,16,12

 

 

FRIDAY

 

Stretching x 30min

 

Dynamic Effort Bench

145+#2 bands doubled – approx 16 sets of 3 w/20sec rest between sets

 

Messed around with some Clubs

One-arm Snatch & Windmill (Had never done these before so just trying to learn the motion)

45x5

65x3

105x3

135x1

 

Ab work on Swiss Ball

 

Ab/Psoas work with “deadbugs”

 

 

SATURDAY

 

8:30am Fasted training

 

Speed Squats to 14” foam Box using Buffalo bar

Warm-up then

155+320(in bands) Approx. 10 sets of 2 reps w/40 sec rest between sets

Filmed to show how you set that pace w/3 people

 

Deadlift w/Hook Grip

3rd week of hook grip and still trying to desensitize thumbs

475x1 w/5 second hold

545x1 w/5 second hold

605x1 w/5 second hold

635x1 w/15 second hold… yes 15 seconds!!  My thumbs were screaming

 

1 arm Dumbell Row – Strict

150x22,20 per side

 

Chins

BW x 10,5

 

Kettlebell Face Pulls (technique available on EPC Website)

50x16,16,10

 

 

See ya a little stronger next week.

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