Watch Powerlifter Chris Duffin Squat a Mind Blowing 970 lb Double

Chris Duffin squats a monster double on his way to an upcoming 1,000lbs triple attempt!

Powerlifter Chris “Mad Scientist” Duffin is well-known for pushing an excessively large amount of weight against where gravity wants it to go. Yesterday, he posted a heavy squat session on his Instagram TV channel that was topped off with a 440kg (970lbs) double.

If you have not had the chance to see it for yourself, check it out here:

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970×2, 960×2, 938×2, 905×2 today just as I called it out when I was on the @markbellspowerproject yesterday. I’m also sharing a longer video today so you can see the mental state I get in to do these sets that I talked about on the show as well. This normally is edited out to keep videos short of IG. – I plan to squat 1000×3 this coming March at the IHRSA show in San Diego. This will be the conclusion of my Grand Goals campaign when combined with my nearly 3 reps at a 1000lbs deadlift a few years ago. It will be done just a few weeks shy of my 43rd birthday and also be my final “feat of strength”. This is a culmination of over 30 years of training and working with some of the best minds in the world on rehab/prehab, recovery and training modalities. I couldn’t even attempt this without the knowledge and support of the Kabuki Strength Team who are directly responsible for managing my training, recovery, and much more. Wish me luck and I hope you’ll follow along as I train to squat 1000lbs for a triple. And to head off the inevitable questions about the bands on my upper legs… read articles after googling “Duffin Compression”. ➖ FREE AUDIO Download of my life changing book below! www.chrisduff.in ➖ CO-Founder @KabukiStrengthLab VISION: A Better World Through Strength ▪️strength equipment ▪️research-based education ▪️world-class strength coaching ▪️doing good in the world @kabuki_virtualcoaching www.kabuki.company ➖ CO-Founder @BearFootAthletics ▪️ Optimizing the human to ground interface 👣 www.bearfoot.store ➖ CO-Founder @BuildFastFormula ▪️Nutrition and training before supplementation ▪️ Research-backed formulas & effective dosages ▪️ full-disclosure labels & no-BS claims ▪️ manufactured in NSF-certified facilities. www.buildfastformula.com ➖ #kabukistrength #chrisduffin #kabukistrengthlab #powerlifting #strengthandconditioning #strengthcoach #americanmanufacturing #strong #squat #strengthtraining #weightroom #barbell #bearfoot #barefoot #buildfastformula #vasoblitz #supplements #supplementsthatwork #pump #gymlife #gymmotivation #strongman #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #crossfit #powerlifting #strength #fitness

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The emotional underscore actually seems to fit Duffin’s exceptionally calm demeanor as he squats just shy of four times his most recent competition bodyweight: 118kg (261lbs).

Duffin has been progressively building up the weight since the new year as he prepares to squat 453.6kg (1,000lbs) for his “Grand Goals” Campaign at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) convention to be held March 28th through 31st in San Diego, CA. The “Grand Goals” campaign is an effort to raise money for the Homebuilders Foundation of Metro PD

Here is another highlight of Duffin’s “Grand Goals” training, kicking off the new year squatting 433kg (955lbs) for a double in a future powerlifter’s hat:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 955×2 after 938x2x2 then a drop set at 900×2. The last set was supposed to 4 but was tired from staying up late and having cold. But the bigger question is who wore Peppa the Pig better? 😝 my daughter wasn’t pleased when she came into the gym today finding me in her missing hat 😝 but the session was an ode to her… wait till the end. – I plan to squat 1000×3 this coming March at the IHRSA show in San Diego. This will be the conclusion of my Grand Goals campaign when combined with my nearly 3 reps at a 1000lbs deadlift a few years ago. It will be done just a few weeks shy of my 43rd birthday and also be my final “feat of strength”. This is a culmination of over 30 years of training and working with some of the best minds in the world on rehab/prehab, recovery and training modalities. I couldn’t even attempt this without the knowledge and support of the Kabuki Strength Team who are directly responsible for managing my training, recovery, and much more. Wish me luck and I hope you’ll follow along as I train to squat 1000lbs for a triple. And to head off the inevitable questions about the bands on my upper legs… read articles after googling “Duffin Compression”. ➖ FREE AUDIO Download of my life changing book below! www.chrisduff.in ➖ CO-Founder @KabukiStrengthLab VISION: A Better World Through Strength ▪️strength equipment ▪️research-based education ▪️world-class strength coaching ▪️doing good in the world @kabuki_virtualcoaching www.kabuki.company ➖ CO-Founder @BearFootAthletics ▪️ Optimizing the human to ground interface 👣 www.bearfoot.store ➖ CO-Founder @BuildFastFormula ▪️Nutrition and training BEFORE supplementation ▪️ Research-backed formulas & effective dosages ▪️ full-disclosure labels & no-BS claims ▪️ manufactured in NSF-certified facilities. www.buildfastformula.com ➖ #kabukistrength #chrisduffin #kabukistrengthlab #powerlifting #strengthandconditioning #strengthcoach #americanmanufacturing #strong #squat #strengthtraining #weightroom #barbell #bearfoot #barefoot #buildfastformula #vasoblitz #supplements #supplementsthatwork #pump #gymlife #gymmotivation #strongman #bodybuilding #crossfit #powerlifting

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Duffin has consistently leveraged his ability to move heavy weight as a way to raise money for good causes. During his previous “800 Every Day” and “880 Every Day” campaigns, Duffin squatted 362.8kg (800lbs) every day for a month to raise money for the Special Olympics and deadlifted 399kg (880lbs) every day for a month to raise money for cancer research.

In his own words regarding his “Grand Goals” campaign, Duffin wrote on his Instagram post:

“I plan to squat 1000×3 this coming March at the IHRSA show in San Diego. This will be the conclusion of my Grand Goals campaign when combined with my nearly 3 reps at a 1000lbs deadlift a few years ago. It will be done just a few weeks shy of my 43rd birthday and also be my final “feat of strength”. This is a culmination of over 30 years of training.”

Feature image from Chris Duffin’s Instagram page: @mad_scientist_duffin

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2 thoughts on “Watch Powerlifter Chris Duffin Squat a Mind Blowing 970 lb Double”

  1. Ohhh, there can’t be any impressive feat of strength without a keyboard know-it-all telling everyone how it is. First of all, there isn’t a sure way to tell because of the angle, they look parallel to me. And this is his only set I’ve seen so far that could be a little bit above, all other sets in his preparation have gone deep enough. Third and most important, this is in training, what matters is how it’ll look on the day he tries to squat 1000lbs for a triple.

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