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

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

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Unlocking the One-arm Push-up
Unlocking the one-arm push-up

Mastering the fundamentals and looking back to them for guidance is something I learned from Pavel. I’m going to share with you how this inspired my own aha moment regarding the one-arm push-up. Continue reading

What to Do With Your Free Hand During a One-arm Swing
Free Hand in One-Arm Swing

Once you begin practicing the one-arm swing, then the issue of what to do with the free hand promptly arises. Here are the five acceptable options along with demonstration and explanations of each. Continue reading

Use “Time Under Load” to Solve the Group Class Time Crunch
Students in kettlebell class

How do you consistently run a class comprised of students with various skill levels smoothly and seamlessly and not encounter the all-too-common issue of running out of time? Continue reading

One Good Rep: How to Perform the Perfect Pistol
Perfect Pistol

The bodyweight pistol and its progressions are great for grease the groove training as they can be done anywhere at any time. But, you first need to be able to perform a perfect rep. Continue reading

When Tension Is a Beautiful Thing
The Importance of Tension

I am neither discussing different types of headaches, nor the strength properties of a barbell and its ability to resist bending and becoming permanently deformed. I am talking about what your body needs to generate prior to loading it. Continue reading

Spring 2016 TSC Results
April 2016 TSC Results

This April 2016 TSC included nearly 1,200 participants—the most in history. Here are the highest scores in each of the eight categories. Continue reading

Calisthenics for Iron Domination: From Bodyweight to Heavy Weight
Iron Domination Through Calisthenics

Training bodyweight exercise will help you demolish your previous strength records in your barbell and kettlebell practice and replace them with all new levels of iron domination. Continue reading

If You Want to Get Better, You Must Think Better
StrongFirst Strong Mind

Just like any movement or lift you’ll encounter in the gym, getting yourself into a proper head space more strongly and consistently starts with practice. And you know what the first step toward a better mental practice is? Continue reading

Personal Space Rules When Snatching the Kettlebell
Personal Space and the Kettlebell

There is significant research into what we casually refer to as “personal space,” and surprisingly, the concept of personal space can also assist us in enhancing our technique in snatching a kettlebell. Continue reading

How to Intelligently Define, Determine, and Test Your 1RM
Determining Your 1RM

Let’s take a more detailed look at the 1RM. Specifically, how you can determine your 1RM based on your training with a lighter weight, what a “1RM” really is, and the best way to test it. Continue reading