Chris Duffin of Kabuki Strength podcast

Jim: Welcome to episode 40 of Wrestling with Success. Today, I bring you Chris Duffin. It’s hard to believe that I already have dozens of amazing guests on this show that have shared insider secrets for success. Now, they’ve all offered everything from top book recommendations to powerful habits to action items that you can use today to see immediate results. If you’re like me, you’ll love this kind of stuff. And if you’re like me, you want to get this in the cliff note sort of summary version. Well, you can get access to every single action plan from every episode plus you can get access to my e-book titled ‘How to Create Your Own Mastermind Group.’

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If you’re listening to this on iTunes, you’ll see my image there. On the bottom right, there’s three dots. Touch the three dots and then select ‘View Full Description.’ There, you’ll see the link to download all those incredible researches and action plans that I just mentioned. Now, for today’s guest. Chris grew up in a world of poverty that most of us will never experience let alone witness. He’s spent much of his youth travelling with his family to find work, living in the wilderness and even spending a harsh winter in the back of a pickup truck.

When he got to college somehow, amazingly – we’re going to talk about his story here – but he got to college and when putting himself through college, he actually adopted and raised his three teenage sisters. He went on to graduate from the Oregon Institute of Technology with a Degree in Engineering and then went on to get his MBA. He’s had a decade of executive level company and division turnaround work and he’s also a world class powerlifter, an entrepreneur and a body movement specialist.

He’s the owner of Elite Performance Center. He’s the only person in the world today squatting and deadlifting over 900 pounds at his body weight. He’s owned several world records over the course of his career. He’s the only powerlifting strength coach whose regularly invited to teach PhD-level courses on human movement. Chris has powerful messages on how to create lasting success that he’s learned through adversity, through powerlifting and through his time as a high school wrestler. Chris, welcome to the show.

Duffin: Pleasure to be here, Jim.

Jim: Your backstory is absolutely incredible. Can you tell us a little bit more about your childhood, Chris?

Duffin: Yeah, I mean, I told the story because people find it inspiring but it’s a story of another person at this time with where I’ve gone in my life but by the time I graduated high school, half my life had probably been homeless and a lot of living in the woods of Northern California, living in the woods of Oregon. A lot of hunting, fishing, foraging for food. We knew all the different mushroom types of what you could eat, what you couldn’t.

You know, it wasn’t that hard but it’s just different than what most people experience. We’d set out water jugs in the sun, where we go fill them in the stream, set them out in the sun during the summer so that you could [inaudible 00:04:26] dump them over your head. And when we did live in homes, sometimes they were condemned places that we found. Sometimes they were just again, really cheap places. But during the winter, we’d usually move in closer to the city so we could go to the school. When I say city, they were small world communities. But usually, we were in some place that didn’t have electricity or running water or insulation.

Somewhere along those lines. So definitely I would say sub-standard to what most people are compared to. When you’ve got to step out the backdoor after heating a pot of water on the stove to bathe yourself in the middle of winter, it kind of sucks. But during that time, I was very well-read. We didn’t have TVs or things like that to be distracting. So my entire family did a lot of reading. I was very good at academics. In high school, we finally got a little bit of stability. My stepfather, he had some disability and he finally had gotten a disability settlement and we were going to make a down payment on a mobile home.

Didn’t have doors, didn’t have a kitchen, didn’t have a lot of normal stuff. But for us, it was a place that we could live year around. So that was going into high school, and I decided to get into wrestling then and get into sports, get physical. Living the life that we lived, I was always a physically active person. I was chopping wood, hauling rocks because we did mining and stuff like that, uphills and things of that nature. So I was always a very physical kid but the competition aspect brought a whole another level. So that’s kind of a quick summary of the younger years when I got a full ride academic scholarship.

I did quite well in wrestling and I was supposed to go wrestle at Oregon State. But I ended up getting a full ride academic scholarship to go to a school that didn’t have wrestling. So at that time, I had to evaluate my goals and go, “Well, this is kind of an important thing for me . . .”

Jim: Yeah, and the only degree actually pays better in the whole long run that wrestling.
Duffin: So even though I had a big love for wrestling, I decided to go with the full ride academic scholarship. And then, I started working full-time basically nearly as soon as I got there because I’d be sending money home. Couple of years in, things just got really bad at home and I ended up having to take custody of my sisters. So by my senior year in college, I had custody of two of them at that point. Two to three. I own my own home. I was working full-time as a manager in the manufacturing world. And that was my first career for almost two decades. That’s that story.

Jim: Wow, so you said in the beginning there that it wasn’t that hard. And if I was to take my kids out and do that right now, they would say the opposite, you know. It’s so funny because we grow up in this soft sort of life. If you talk to Joe De Sena, he’s the founder of the Spartan Races and I had interviewed him on episode 27. So if a listener wants to hear that, it’s jimharshawjr.com/27 or if you’re on iTunes, you could just go to episode 27 to listen to the interview with Joe De Sena.

He talks about what we’re all trying to achieve here which is happiness and fulfilment in our life. That’s all what we’re really striving for. We might say it’s a car or a house or a particular job or whatever the case might be, but it’s really happiness and fulfilment and Joe De Sena says, “ If you strip all that away, all the things that we have, all these luxuries that we have away, then we’ll be happy eating a cracker in the rain.”

And that’s kind of the life that sounds like you grew up with. When you grow up in that environment, which is much different than most people listening to this, maybe all the people listening to this, whenever you get to college, it probably didn’t take a whole lot to make you happy because you experienced that. But you still strove for much, much more. You didn’t just go, “OK, I have an opportunity to go to college, so I’ll go wherever I want.” But you chose to get a degree in Engineering. It’s a very hard thing to do. You got a full scholarship to do a degree in Engineering. What created that mind set? You had every reason to fail. There’s people with much easier upbringings than you that reflect back on their childhood as a reason or an excuse for their not accomplishing certain things in their life. For not striving, even, to reach those certain things. What was different about you?

Duffin: You see that all the time in this day and age where people look for an excuse. And it’s so popular in our culture now, whoever can show the most victimhood is the winner, whoever’s got the greatest victim status. So people look for that. So you ask people who they are, “Who are you? What defines you?” And they will tell you about their victimhood. “Oh, my dad was so mean to me,” all these things in their environment. They’ll tell you about their environment and the things that have happened to them in their life.

And that is supposed to be who they are, and people don’t realize that that’s not who you are. That’s just a set of things that has happened to you. You are who you choose to be. What steps you’ve taken and who you choose to be, that’s why when I said at the outset of this that it’s like me telling you my history is like me telling you a story of someone else because that’s not me. I am me. I am the man that made myself today.

So it’s a very big shift from what we see in the population today and it’s kind of saddening, seeing how that’s turning and I think all we can do is hope that there’s a shift. But I try to preach this to people all the time because they go, “Man, I don’t have that tough life story that you did, you know. How am I supposed to have the drive and the motivation to accomplish the things that you did?” I’m like, “You don’t have to have that.”

Jim: People look at me and they go, “If I had that story or that adversity, I would be tougher or more motivated,” or whatever. And then the people who have that go, “Well, I have this tough story that’s holding me back.” So people are looking for an excuse no matter what the scenario is. I’ll give you an interesting example and this is from the wrestling world. There’s a guy named Anthony Robles who is a national champion for Arizona State. This guy had one leg. And when he first started wrestling, people go, “Oh, poor Anthony, he’s only got one leg. How can this kid ever succeed?” and he lost and he lost and he lost.

And then he started winning eventually. After a few years, he finally started winning, and then he gets to college. And then people have started going, “Yeah, but he’s only got one leg. You can’t do a double leg on him. You can’t do this, you can’t do that.” And now, people started actually saying that he had an advantage. Sure, you could take whatever you want and make it an advantage in your life, if you choose to. No matter what your excuse or story or reason or situation or environment is, you can make that your strength or you can make that your weakness.

Now, most people that were born in these situations, they would make that their weakness. But he chose to go a different route and he’s an NCWA champion, Division 1 National Champion Wrestler.

Duffin: Yeah. You can see stories like that pretty frequently. And then the storyline shifts. But for me when I started wrestling, one of the big lessons was about discipline and putting in the time and the fact that the road is not always easy. My first year wrestling, I lost 25 matches straight. At the end of the season, I turned around and won 2 matches. I’m not sure, we use the term ‘fish’ [inaudible 0013:40] and anybody could beat. That was me. I was the nerdy kid. I fit the bill there, right?

By my senior year, I went to districts and I didn’t have a single offensive point scored against me all the way to the final match. And then I went to State and I went through every single match without a single offensive point scored against me all the way to the final match with the three-time State Champion. I beat him in the first round, and then I made some choices that I kind of beat myself. So I’ll never [inaudible 00:14:25]. But that’s a pretty dramatic turnaround and it’s just that consistency of putting in the work.

Having the vision that you can be anything. You see people come in – I remember that in my wrestling – they suck the first year, and then they disappear. They’d be the ones that never come back. But other people, you know, it’s a sport. I started as a freshman. For a good wrestler, usually they’re starting much earlier than that and have a long history. So only having four years of wrestling was not [inaudible 00:15:01] the people at the level I finally got to at my senior year.

But that takes time. That’s an incredible lesson there, it’s that you just got to put in the work. You got to believe in yourself and take the steps every day. And this is something our coach preached all the time; it’s all the little things. When you’re doing sprints, wall sprints. It’s like did you reach all the way and touch the wall? Did you put in every last effort on every strength that we did? It’s all those little things and people want to dream about, “Oh, I’ll win the big match at the end of the year,” but in practice, they’re just sitting there and short-changing themselves constantly, you’re never going to get there.

You take care of all those little things and set the stage for success, the big things will just fall into place. And that’s an important lesson that was verbalized by my coach quite a bit that I really took to heart in my life.

Jim: When I was the head wrestling coach at Slippery Rock University, I would come back from nationals every year and I would buy the NCAA highlight. The National Wrestling Coach Association put out a highlight video from the national championships every year. It was just 5, 10, 15 second clips of just action stuff. Great stuff. And I would always show it to my team and it would be single legs and double legs. Very rarely was there some kind of fancy, crazy move. It was just the basics executed well. Executed with intensity, guys taking advantages of opportunities and openings and exploiting those. And it’s the same thing.

So I want the listener to get what Chris is saying right now. It’s the little things. We learn as an athlete, when you’re doing the sprint, you got to touch the wall. When you’re doing push-ups, you go the whole way down, you go the whole way out. It’s no different in the real world. Where you’re at right now, it’s a grind. You have to do the little things that suck. The little things that most people don’t do, the things that you don’t want to do, and the things that you have to do to be successful.

When I say success, whether it means making more money or starting a business or fixing a broken relationship or losing 20 pounds, it’s the little things. And that’s what it takes. It’s this same thing as when you’re an athlete, it’s the same thing as you have to do now to be successful. Chris, love that and loved that you shared that. So tell us about powerlifting. You got into powerlifting at what point? Was that when you started wrestling? When did that career start?

Duffin: Yeah, I started strength-training around the same time, so maybe middle school. I did it in the off seasons through high school. And then I got into college. I took a couple of years break while I was working, going to school, sisters, all that other stuff. I just found that I was missing something mentally and emotionally with not having something very challenging, athletic in my life. So I took up lifting. And then I started working so I wasn’t competing or anything. I was just lifting weights.

I was at the gym and there were these guys prepping for a body building show. And they were ginormous. They were bigger than me. And I’ve ran circles around them in the gym. I lift more weights than them, I drank harder than them, and I’m like, “Damn, I should go into some kind of weight-lifting competition.” I’m like, ”I’ll do a bench-press competition, just to say I’ve done one.” I found one and it was a bench-press and deadlift competition and I’m like, “Well, I guess I better learn what a deadlift is as well too.”

So I went to do my one-time-only thing. I think I was like 20 years old at this time. 21. I’d graduated and I was already moved up to Portland here and I went to the competition. I did it. I won and I was just sitting there and was like, “Wow, this is something I’m going to do for the rest of my life.” So it’s been on the side for me this whole time while I develop my executive career but I’ve been competing and growing in that sport. But it’s been, to me, some of that same stuff that I apply in the business world to success.

And you see so many people are going to the gym and they just lift weights, and maybe they’re successful in the gym but they’re not successful in life. Or other people that are really successful in both business and life can’t take those same lessons and put them to use in the gym. But it’s like the same thing of creating a vision, a plan, understanding that you’re going to run into obstacles. You got to work around them. When you’re there, you got to be in the moment. Like if you’re out there on the wrestling mat, you better believe in yourself. You got to believe that you can accomplish things. That you’re a badass and you can pull this off.

But when you walk out of the mat, we’re all just people. When you walk out of the gym, same thing. You got to set that temporary ego, that mask, that everything aside. But also, at the same time, it’s like practice for life in other ways. And again, you can apply it to wrestling, to lifting. But it’s never know who you are unless you can test your limits. And who you are changes all the time. You could have been a war hero 30 years ago but maybe you’ve gotten soft. And when something comes up, you mentally don’t have that strength anymore. So in the gym, did you push yourself to the limit? Did you get every last set? Did you walk away from a weight that you know that you couldn’t?

It’s like nobody in the world knows whether you’ve short-changed yourself except you. That’s when you try to find that and push and discover those limits and know, “Who am I? Do I have that mental toughness to be able to push myself to those limits right now?” So that’s one examples but there’s lots of other examples. Imagine getting under a thousand pounds squat bar.

Jim: Goodness gracious.

Duffin: So you never know what’s going to happen to you in life. It could be something coming at you sideways. There’s big events that has happened to you in life that you can’t anticipate. When we’re young, these big events, there’s things that we’re not fearful of because it’s like they’re things like, “I’ve been brought up by my parents and it’s scary to leave but there’s this primal urge to go out and create your own thing. Then you meet another person and it’s scary. It’s scary but at the same time, you’ve got this urge and you create commitment and you start creating your own life, your own family with another person.

So there’s mixture of fear but also these primal urges that makes us make these big changes, these big transitions. But watch what happens to people after, when we quit having those primal urges and we see somebody who pushed themselves through to become [inaudible 00:22:35] or something like that. But later on in life, they’re not able to make challenges or push themselves and challenge themselves. They become complacent, they become mediocre. To me that’s sad. So let’s get back to this thousand pound squat bar. You’ve got to be able to accept the fear of walking up that bar. But at the same time, you got to learn how to let it go because if you’ve got any doubt, any question whatsoever in mind that, “Oh my God, what if I don’t do this?”

That bar is going to crush you. You have to, when you get under it, have absolute fearlessness to be able to accomplish that. So for me, it’s a practice. It’s this practice of living in fear. And I think people should practice living in fear. Being able to put themselves in a situation where they’ve got that curdling up in the belly. That, “This is unpleasant. I don’t know what to do, I don’t like this.” But too much of what we do in life – and you see it all around you every day – is people seeking comfort and mediocrity. To me, that is exiting life.

Jim: Yes, it’s like you said, nobody will ever know what could have been. You could walk away from a challenge and nobody’s ever going to know. You’re not going to know what could have been but you’re the only person who’s going to really know if you don’t give it your all. If you didn’t push yourself to the hardest in the weight room or on the wrestling mat or when you’re working out at your lunchtime workout, or trying to start your business. Or making more money or doing whatever you’re doing with your relationships etc.

Nobody’s ever going to know and we’re surrounded by mediocrity on this planet. In our communities, in our workplace, we’re surrounded by people who just don’t think big and want to take action on those levels. So how do you practice living in fear? For the listener who may or may not be into powerlifting –probably most of them are not but some of them may be but I think a lot of my listeners work out. They’re into fitness on a regular basis. They’re working out. Maybe they’re successful in their careers. But how do they practice getting outside of their comfort zone and how do they apply that to reaching whatever it is they want to achieve in life?

Duffin: Let’s talk about that in life in general then. I mean, when you’ve had gotten to a point where you’re comfortable, “I’m comfortable in my job, I go to work every day, it’s routine. I go home. I crack open a beer, I watch the game. Life is just a set of tasks. And you’ve found your comfort. That is not what you need to live. Maybe it’s lifting, maybe it’s your business, maybe it’s whatever it is, but you need to find those things that go, “It’s scary right now for me to go. Maybe I need to exit this job. Maybe I need to find something new that’s more challenging or seek an advancement. What is the thing that makes me scared but at the same time, I know that there’s some excitement there?”

And it’s finding that unknown, “That thing that I’ve never done before. But this is where I’d like to be. There’s this gap, this bridge and I’ve got to take this step. I’ve got to jump in and try some things that scare me.” From a leadership perspective, that’s why I was really successful in businesses and I would often push people into that. I would challenge them to be able to move outside of that zone. Next thing you know, you got people reengaged in their job and their life. It’s scary and they’re scared at first because it’s like, “I don’t know if I could pull that off. I don’t know if I can do this.”

But you know, I just can’t imagine a life where you’re not trying to see what you can accomplish. Just like in the gym. I can’t imagine coming into the gym because I have to go into the gym. So I’ll go through the motions. I’ll come in, blah, blah, blah. “This is what I’ve got for sets and reps, it’s not really challenging. I’ll sit on the bike for 45 minutes. Let’s go home.” It’s just a mentality shift and you can take it to any aspect of your life. The thing is you got to exit being OK with being mediocre. Mediocrity of the masses is what’s killing us today as a nation.

Jim: Yes, it’s funny. I was listening to your interview on Ryan Michler’s Order of Man podcast. I actually had Ryan Michler on this show and that was episode 19. So for the listener, if you want to listen to that episode where I interviewed Ryan Michler, it’s jimharshawjr.com/19 or just on iTunes. But anyway, on that episode when you were on Order of Man, you were referring to culture and its influence on man. You said that culture wants us to get a degree as man wants us to get a degree in Social Sciences and work at Starbucks. You know what? That’s not effing manly.” I was driving down the road listening to that and I laughed out loud, it’s so funny.

And it is true, right, they just want to soften us.

Duffin: It is. I mean, that’s a non-PC thing to say but I’m sorry. That’s the truth.

Jim: It is. I have a program called Reveal Your Path. It used to be called Discover Your Path. I’ve rebranded it a little bit. Now it’s called Reveal Your Path where I take guys through this four-week program and we’ve had amazing breakthroughs often. These guys have given me unsolicited testimonials. One of the pieces of it is creating self-growth goals. Goals that will push us. And it’s not necessarily about financial goals or health goals or what not. But it’s about these personal growth goals and getting outside of our comfort zone.

When we get outside our comfort zone and learn something new, when we achieve these wins in our life, we feel good. It’s something that fuels us and you’ve taken that to the level of you’ve held multiple records. Tell me about that, some of the world records you’ve held and where you’re at in your powerlifting career.

Duffin: Yeah. It’s funny to say powerlifting career when it began as a hobby. But I think anything worth doing is worth trying to be world class. So I don’t know if I can remember all the records, but the more recent ones was . . . actually I’ve set the squat world record several time. In the 220 pound weight class, it was 815 pounds for the longest time and I bumped it up to 860. And then I bumped it up to 881 pounds which was at the time, was also the heaviest four-times body weight squat in any weight class.

I’ve also done some world records. I guess people like this Guinness thing. I think it’s kind of a joke but I’ve done the most deadlift in a minute. I think I’ve set that one twice. So I deadlifted 405 pounds for 42 reps in 60 seconds which if you’ve ever watched that happen, it’s pretty crazy because the bar’s just moving and bending so damn fast to accomplish that. And I should take another run at that pretty soon because recently I did 585 pounds for like 24 reps in 30 seconds.

And that one just looks crazy, crazy because the bar is just literally still bent in the downward position by the time I’m going back down because it’s moving so fast with so much weight. And then I did the most squatted in a minute, and there’s no weight classes associated with these, so somebody that’s 300 plus pounds could go for this. The most squatted for a minute, I did 505 pounds for 22 reps in 60 seconds.

Basically, all my records at some point, people always are moving and shifting but I like to have that balance of like some epic string stuff but also with like some repetition stuff. It’s more like feats of strength and gut type stuff. So those are the biggest ones. In a meet, I’ve deadlifted four times body weight. I did 801 pounds at 198. In the gym, I’ve deadlifted 900 for almost a double at 220. And I’ve squatted in the gym a 944 pounds as well.

So that’s where the lightest person basically squatting and lifting 900 pounds, that’s not really meet stuff. That’s just in general nobody else in my weight can do it.

Jim: Those are absurd numbers.

Duffin: They sound that way. I’ve been doing this for a long time, 25 years. But also, a lot of people are comparing it to how they squat, how they deadlift. And really, when you understand and refine the movement mechanics . . . usually, I can take somebody walking in the gym and within 15 minutes, put 40 pounds on their deadlift. We can add 10% usually to somebody’s squat like in the first session, and actually make it easier, and remove if they’ve got any back pain or all that sort of stuff. It causes that to go away, because that’s the whole movement perspective piece.

Basically, some of my friends are some of the best clinical and rehab and research people around the world. So I’ve developed this really storng network and that’s who I interact with and build off from my methodology for how to move and actually make these very functional patterns to make people live better through strength. That’s a big passion of mine. This is why I left. I had a very successful corporate career but I just left it a year ago to chase this. It’s like I can impact people, I have so many Strength and Conditioning coaches from pro baseball teams, pro football teams, I can’t tell you how many colleges, US Olympic committee.

And then just strength athletes from all around the world. Cricket, hockey, it doesn’t matter. A lot of these people are following the work that I’m producing and it’s just amazing, the reach and impact that I can have and actually getting people out of pain and living better through proper strength training. Honestly, a lot of what we learned in high school, in college and so on was wrong. So there is some really big fundamental gaps and that’s my passion and what I’m trying to do now is share that and share with people that. I talked a lot about pushing your limits but you need to do it absolutely right. It doesn’t mean like, “Oh, my arm or shoulder hurts. I got to work through the pain.”

That’s the old school mentality. “It’s the guts. You got to go through it no matter if it hurts.” And I think you should push things to their absolute limits but at the same time, doing it absolutely correct and not compromising your technique and how you’re performing it. Which a lot of people think is a little bit of a dichotomy but I call it the balance of extremes. And I absolutely expect and know that people can do both, if you’re taught how to do that.

Jim: Yeah, it’s interesting. You can push through that. They’re your mechanical limits where ligaments and tendons and muscles tear and bones break and there are your mental limits. The mental limits is the one where you can really push the most because we think we have those and we can push those back so far and make such huge gains in our lives in so many different areas.

Chris, I just want to finish up with the last few questions. My audience likes to get actionable tips to take with them. What’s one habit that you personally have that you do on a regular basis, whether that’s daily or weekly or whatever it might be, one habit that you do that you can point to that has resulted in success for you?

Duffin: Creating space for reflection. So you need to sit down every week and spend some time and think about what worked and what didn’t. It’s not time to sit down and go, “Oh, it’s time to catch up on reports or cleaning the house or doing dishes or getting caught up on task.” It’s a matter of going, “What could I have done better? What could I have changed this week that could have moved me farther forward on my life’s vision?”

Jim: And then I tell you, for the listener, I don’t prompt my guest to say these things. I got uber successful people on this podcast week after week and I ask them about their habits. And it’s uncanny how many say, “Taking time for reflection, journaling, meditating. Their success comes back to this and this is the very habit that most people don’t do. They’re on the treadmill of life, just going, going and going.

Duffin: And this why I was really successful in business as well, is I didn’t focus on all the task. I focused on how do I actually remove the non-value added stuff from whoever this person I am taking over or this company I’m taking over? Whatever it was wasn’t working. So it’s like coming in and going through the motions again doesn’t get you there. Same thing with your life. People are always asking, “How do you possibly fit so much in?” because we haven’t even talked about other aspects of my life and hobbies and family. “How did you run a gym and a corporate executive career and compete? How do fit all this in?”

It’s like look at what most people do in their lives and they have so much fluff and so much non-value added – I’m sorry – shit in their life that they do because they feel they need to do. You’ve got to be constantly evaluating that and trimming the fat. Figuring out how you’re going to move forward, what’s going to move you forward.

Jim: This is why the Reveal Your Path program that I had worked so well. It’s a structured way to reflect on your life and create a life that’s filled with purpose and get clear on what’s important to you. And then creating goals that’s in line with those values that you have. And then creating what I call an ‘environment of excellence,’ surrounding yourself with the right people, reading the right books. Turning off the TV and putting something else into your head that is more meaningful, more valuable. Everybody says they don’t have time but it’s not a matter of time. It’s a mtter of priority. So really good advice, Chris.

How about a book? Any book you can recommend, a book or a resource that you can recommend to the listener?

Duffin: I’m going to tell you, as far as resource, I’m going to plug one of my websites, kabuki.ms. If you want to learn to live better through strength, this is just a really amazing resource that people can go to and it’s like a video e-book of movement and how to access where you’ve got deviant movement patterns, how you can correct and fix it. But basically, this is the piece that I’m talking about living better through strength training. And I really think you got have a balance in life. And physical activity is such an incredible thing for both mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing that’s lost in today’s arena.

So I want to help people to be able to do that better because like I said, a lot of it is done incorrectly. So this doesn’t really matter what your background is. I don’t care if you’re a golfer or a bowler or a tennis player. These fundamentals apply the same. So these are basic loaded movement patterns and how to do them correctly. Anyway, I know I’m plugging my own stuff here.

Jim: Please, I want to give you the opportunity to do that anyway. So that’s that website. As for the listener, I will have a link to that website and anything that Chris references here at jimharshawjr.com/40. That’s jimharshawjr/40 where you can click a link and download the action plan for this episode. And you will actually get access to all the action plans for all of the episodes there. But anything else you want to promote Chris, any other websites or links?

Duffin: You know what? I’ll give your listeners a discount code. There’s an initiation fee on the site and a low monthly $10 a month subscription fee. I’ll give them 50% off the initiation fee with the discount code, HARSHAW.

Jim: Awesome, thanks man.

Duffin: And then my other website is kabukistrength.com. So you can check that out. We’ve got a lot of movement-based products, tonnes of stuff for shoulder health. These are products relying on my engineering background, my tinkering nature that I have invented and patented that are strength training devices, along with a lot of swag. We’ve got books from McGill and all sorts of stuff on the website. So definitely check out kabukistrength.com as well.

Jim: Excellent. Chris, I’ve seen some of your stuff. I’ve listened to some other interviews, watched some of your videos, read a lot of your content and for the listener, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s got some really, really interesting views on lifting and movement that for the former athletes listening to this, you’re going to learn a lot. And a lot of the stuff that we’ve learned over the years has been wrong or at least needs a tweak and a small pivot will make everything you’re doing so much more efficient, so much more healthier, so much better.

So Chris, thanks for sharing that discount code. Thanks for sharing those links for the listener. I will have, like I said, action plans to all of this at jimharshawjr.com/40 to get the action plan from this episode and all my episodes. So Chris, thank you for taking time beyond the show.

Duffin: Thank you. It was a really good time.

Jim: And for the listener, until next time, just like when you were an athlete, take the time to get clear on your goals and embrace failure as a stepping stone on your Path to Success.