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How Heavy Should I Go in a Turkish Get-up?
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By Delaine Ross, Senior SFG   Should Your Get-Ups Be Light or Heavy? Here’s the thing.  We TEACH get-ups very light.  That’s because students are moving around for the very first time with a weight overhead.  And so of course, … Continue reading

Strength Aerobics
Alexey Senart, SFG Team Leader

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   “Conditioning” is a very vague term—and it is for the better, given the scientists’ lack of understanding of endurance, its different facets, and the variables affecting it. Fighters and other hard living types love killing … Continue reading

How to Make Your Snatch Test Easier
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By Aleks Salkin, SFG II, SFB     Wailing.  Gnashing of teeth.  Rending of clothing and sitting in sack cloth and ashes. Nothing about the SFG certification weekend, it seems, causes as much internal drama, strife, worry, fear, and nervousness … Continue reading

Bodyweight Strength for Ultra-Endurance Sports
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By Nathan M., SFB     I was introduced to StrongFirst through my employer 5.11 Tactical.  I will admit I was a bit stoked the night I was seated next to Pavel for dinner at the first meeting, as it … Continue reading

Who Doesn’t Need a Better Press?
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By Dr. B Ramana, SFG     If you are around on online forums, social media and fitness blogs, you may have heard this: “Yeah, who doesn’t need a heavier press, huh?” Many of you are worried about not being … Continue reading

“Dry, Fighting Weight”
A student of Geoff's, Stacy Clemson, SFG II

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman and Geoff Neupert, SFG II   At StrongFirst we never focused on fat loss — and got it anyway as a side effect of our strength and power focused training.  We used to call it “the what … Continue reading

Find Your Balance, Then Pull Heavy
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By Derek Miller, SFG II     So, I want to deadlift. I want a strong deadlift. I want a really strong deadlift.   Oh, you too? I don’t need to inform you of the benefits of adding barbell work … Continue reading

Maximizing Your StrongFirst Kettlebell Certification in Year 1
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By Russ Moon, SFG     Congratulations!  You have separated yourself from the pack and joined the Alpha-Predator of the Strength and Development field.  Your preparation, hard work, fighting spirit and willingness to set aside your ego and accept coaching … Continue reading

Chinese Food For Rapid Pressing Gains
Granville Mayers, SFG II

By Daniel Hanscom, SFG   As the saying goes… “To press a lot you must press a lot”.   The Problem It takes a lot of reps to build up to a respectable press. The challenge is that pressing is … Continue reading

The Swing Sandwich
Hinano Cafe, Venice Beach

  For years, kettlebell instructor Missy Beaver has been placing a set of swings between sets of everything else.  She has had great success with her students who range from professional athletes and fighters to celebrities.  All have seen impressive … Continue reading