#572: “Strength is your capacity to live the life you choose with force of will” with Chris Duffin

Chris Duffin was born and grew up homeless in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. He was raised in an abusive and chaotic household where his childhood was composed of skinning rattlesnakes, foraging for food, and protecting his sisters and mother. In high school, he was a star athlete and straight-A student who earned a full ride to college where he graduated at the top of his class. He did this while working full-time and taking care of his 3 younger sisters who he had taken custody of because he couldn't stand to see them live in such a toxic and violent environment. Chris worked his way up the ladder and became a corporate executive in the aerospace, automotive, and high-tech manufacturing industry. In 2014 he quit his career to start Kabuki Strength, an organization that stands on 4 pillars: strength equipment, education, coaching, and charity.
During a long and tenured powerlifting career, Chris held numerous all-time world records and became one of the strongest pound-for-pound powerlifters in the world. Today as an exhibition lifter, he is one of the strongest men to walk the planet and holds the Guinness World Record for the heaviest sumo deadlift of all time (1001 pounds for almost 3 repetitions) along with numerous other feats of strength that have been watched by millions of people. As part of a charity fundraiser for the Special Olympics chapter in Oregon, Chris squatted 800lbs every day for 30 days straight, and attempted to do the same with an 880lb deadlift – only to tear his hamstring on the 18th day. Chris is currently training to become the lightest, and oldest person in history to squat over 1000 pounds.
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