Ep 3: Building World-Class Resilience and Recovery with Chris Duffin



Chris Duffin is arguably one of the strongest pound-for-pound humans in the world. He’s the ONLY person who has squatted and deadlifted over 1000lbs for reps and he holds the Guinness World Record on the Sumo Deadlift.

He’s also an inventor and entrepreneur, co-founding Kabuki Strength, Bearfoot Athletics, and Buildfast Formula. Chris details his incredible story of trauma and resilience in his bestselling book, “The Eagle and the Dragon: A Story of Strength and Reinvention.”

Listen in as Chris shares his strategies for recovery and resilience that help him stay healthy while performing at a world-class level.

In this episode of Morpheus Radio:

  • 1:30 – Chris recounts his life as an athlete, world record holder, and owner of Kabuki Strength, Bearfoot Athletics, and Buildfast Formula
  • 3:05 – Chris provides a short version of the challenges he’s faced as it’s laid out in his best selling book, “The Eagle and the Dragon: A Story of Strength and Reinvention
  • 4:35 – Chris explains his admiration and application of Japanese Philosophy as well as the importance of stress and trauma when building mental and physical resilience
  • 7:07 – Chris shares what it’s like to prepare for a world record lifts (1000lbs deadlift and 1000lbs squat) over a 5 year process
  • 10:25 – Chris talks about the essentials of recovery when training at a world class level
  • 14:21 – Chris recommends pre workout protocol and his nitrate blend, Vasoblitz
  • 17:19 – Chris shares his sleep protocols and tools: Morpheus HRV, Oura, cooling mattress, dark curtains, heavy blankets etc. – he sleeps 9.5-10 hours per day
  • 18:41 – Chris reflects on how he only squatted one session per week, but the remainder of the time was spent purely on recovery
  • 20:31 – Chris explains how he applies HRV and bar speed data to dictate training loads and intensities
  • 21:45 – Chris dives into how he prepares his mind and soul for training and performance
  • 23:40 – How mental preparation is really emotional state management and recovery from the emotional intensities required to perform at the highest level
  • 26:00 – Chris explains how he’s transitioned from training for optimal human performance to longevity and health, as well as his plans to change the face of fitness and healthcare
  • 29:31 – Chris lays out his new training protocols consisting of just 35-45min workouts
  • 31:20 – Chris explains his flywheel training system
  • 33:45 – Chris plugs his wife’s chef career and her instagram for more insights into his nutrition
  • 36:33 – Joel and Chris details the soft-tissue tools that they recommend and use frequently
  • 43:25 – Chris explains his “Go Find Your Problems” approach to recovery and mobility
  • 46:49 – Joel and Chris give advice for up and coming coaches who want to implement better and more advanced recovery protocols

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