12 Reps with Chris Duffin, Powerlifter

Our new feature on Breaking Muscle – 12 Reps. Read how our coaches and writers answer the same 12 questions – find out what inspires THEM. First up – powerlifter Chris Duffin.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to our newest feature – 12 Reps. In each appearance of 12 Reps, our coaches, writers, and occasional guests will be answering the same twelve questions each time. Go “into the locker-room” with them and get to know our coaches and writers a little bit better!

12 Reps with Powerlifter Chris Duffin:

1. Who was your first coach and what did he/she teach you?

My high school wrestling coach, Rusty Zysett, who taught me that if you take care of the little things, the big things would happen. He also taught me to believe in myself.

2. Who is the coach you most admire?


3. If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?

To be able to stop or pause time. There simply isn’t enough time to accomplish everything I would like to do.

4. What athlete, dead or alive, would you most like to talk with?

Paul Anderson, the weightlifter.

5. When did you know that coaching was your calling?

I honestly don’t know. One day I woke up and realized it was my life both in the gym and in the business world.

chris duffin, christopher duffin, kabuki warrior, elite performance center6. What is the best and hardest part about being a coach?

It’s frustrating when you believe more in a person than they believe in themselves.

7. What is your favorite physical activity or exercise?

The deadlift without a doubt is my favorite.

8. What is your favorite “cheat” food?

Anything chocolate with my favorite being a dense chocolate truffle cake, followed with a close second by a chocolate stout beer with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream in it.

9. What is your biggest accomplishment?

I’ll let you know when I achieve it! Right now it’s being ranked number one in the world in powerlifting for one event or another for going on four years straight.

chris duffin, christopher duffin, kabuki warrior, elite performance center10. What do you bring to your students/clients that is different than other coaches and programs?

I teach them to be a coach, not just a better athlete.

11. What is your favorite quote?

“No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

12. What was/is your favorite sport and why?

Powerlifting is just you and the weight and the weights. The weights never lie you to you and they always let you know where you stand.

Click here to read articles and the athlete journal from Chris.

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