“Sparta, Rome, the knights of Europe, the samurai… worshipped strength.

— Because it is strength that makes all other values possible.” (Enter the Dragon)


The SFG Level II Preparation Guide
SFG Level II Certification

You asked for it, so here it is: a step-by-step approach to preparation and training for the SFG Level II. This is not a plan you can just follow, though – it requires assessment, planning, and analysis of your own. Continue reading

2016 Leadership Promotions, and How They are Chosen
Master SFG polo

Team Leaders, Seniors, and Masters are positions of trust and responsibility in the StrongFirst community. It is my honor to present to you the SFGs stepping into or moving up in leadership roles within SFG. Continue reading

The Big Bell Theory: Plans for Pressing Bigger Kettlebells
Get a bigger military press

One of my students pressed the Beast after training for one year — and he started with 16kg. I hope my sharing of his journey will help you to increase your strength and press the 48kg Beast, too. Continue reading

The 5TRM Back Squat Program

Sometimes it is not appropriate to measure 1RM, but what if your back squat program is based off one? Enter the 5TRM – your five technically perfect rep max. A new program inspired by Plan Strong. Continue reading

An Expert Approach to Mastering Bodyweight Training
Mastering Bodyweight Training

Proper bodyweight training doesn’t require equipment. But it does require an expert approach. Let’s start by using holds to prepare ourselves for good movement. Continue reading

Strength Is a Skill — Strength Is Liberating
Strength Is A Skill

If you practice badly, pain will find you. Not in pain yet? Keep doing what you’re doing badly. I did it all wrong for decades. But StrongFirst set me straight with one of their central tenets: strength is a skill. Continue reading

The Will to Happiness
mike sousa motorhead press

I learned a lesson about life and training that I would like to pass along. It comes from the book that made the greatest impression on me last year: “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” by Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi. Continue reading

Happy StrongFirst New Year: What I Learned in 2015

As I reflect on 2015 and the lessons it provided, I’m humbled by the opportunity to be a part of the StrongFirst community. I’m also thankful to have so many great people at every different level of the StrongFirst Team. Continue reading

Forge New Footprints: Consistency, Variability, and the FMS
FMS and Kettlebell Training

Consistency is key in training, but must be paired with variability. To move well, you first need a baseline, and then a system that takes you into different postures and positions. Continue reading

No Excuses Allowed: I Became an SFG II at Age 70
Dr. John Sullivan at SFG Level II

I recently passed the SFG Level II Certification. At seventy years of age, I was told I am the oldest person to pass. But I never let excuses stop me. Continue reading