“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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The Origins of StrongFirst Programming

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     There are many ways to get strong.  Most are mediocre, some are effective, a handful are extraordinary.  One—if not the only—system in the third category is the Soviet Olympic weightlifting methodology of the 1960s-1980s.  … Continue reading

Focus (Kime) and the Hard-Style Swing

By Reneta Music, SFG II, SFB, SFL     “You need to keep your abs tight.” “Grab the floor with your toes and tighten your legs.” “The only part of your body that should be loose are your arms.” “Mrs. … Continue reading

StrongFirst Team Pulls Strong Again

By Jason Marshall, Senior SFG and Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     Ladies and gentlemen, this is Jason Marshall.  We had two lifters for the East Coast meet in Philly, Ellen Stein and Lisa Burke.  Both won their divisions.   Ellen pulled … Continue reading

Get Stronger: The Chronicles of a Lightweight Beast Tamer, Part II: The Pistol

by Kenton Boutwell, SFG II Part 2   All I did was try not to think. Instead, I was focused on my breathing. Inhale… Exhale… Repeat. I knew my body had the movement memorized, as I had done it countless … Continue reading

The Toughness of a Strength Athlete
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     In the public mind the word “toughness” is associated with endurance. A marathoner gutting it out for hours. A professional boxer surviving a dozen rounds. Yet the never-give-up mindset is just as present in … Continue reading

Kettlebell Lessons with a Firearms Instructor
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By Eric Frohardt, SFG   I’ve been training with kettlebells since 2005.  I’ve been training with firearms even longer. My experience with both led me to the conclusion that there are a LOT of similarities between the two.  During one … Continue reading

Strength and Conditioning for BJJ Fighters

By Danny Clark, SFG   This past November marked my greatest athletic accomplishment of my life: Representing Team USA at the FILA World Grappling Championships in Krakow, Poland and taking home the bronze medal. Afterwards, Pavel asked me to write … Continue reading

A Secret Kettlebell Weapon for a Big Bench Press

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   It is an axiom: if you want to bench big, you must arch big.  An arch shortens the range of motion, puts you into a much stronger decline press angle, pre-stretches the pecs, and puts … Continue reading

Get Stronger: The Chronicles of a Lightweight Beast Tamer
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By Kenton Boutwell, SFG II Part 1 Intro     I’ll never forget the first time I witnessed the Beast Tamer challenge.   It was during my level one SFG kettlebell instructor certification in Philadelphia last year. Known in the … Continue reading

He Did Not Return From The Battle

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   Seconds after this iconic photo was taken in 1942, this young officer leading his men into assault, Alexey Yeremenko, was killed. God rest in peace the strong souls of the warriors who gave their lives … Continue reading