The Will to Happiness

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.

Posture: An Easy Way to Up Your Performance

In a great majority of athletic events and real-life tasks, a ramrod straight posture, or at least its approximation, greatly improves the efficiency. So get your carcass rebalanced.

New Additions to StrongFirst Headquarters

We are in the hypertrophy phase and have recently made some new additions to StrongFirst headquarters. Today, I am proud to announce our Chief SFL and Chief SFB.

Swing Versus Snatch

When it comes to swing versus snatch, which should you be doing and why? Let's break it down by goal and muscle group.

What is “Work Capacity”? [Part I]

Fight the urge to say "work capacity" — or be ready to specify the dominant energy system or the power, tempo, and duration of the exercise.

Simple & Sinister Progression Tactic

Let's examine science and history to best understand how a strategy of "anti-glycolytic" training can be applied to a Simple & Sinister progression plan.

Six Weeks to Strong: The SF 930 Plan

The plan uses high reps of 8-12 per set and unheard of rest periods between them. It will build a lot of strength into your weighted pull-up and kettlebell press in just six weeks.

The Case for Grease-the-Groove Jump Training

So you want to improve your jumping ability? First, get strong and symmetrical. Then start “greasing the groove” (GTG) with all sorts of jumps. The Obsession of World-Class Jumpers Speaks Victor Lonsky, Distinguished Coach of the USSR who prepared a whole school of elite high jumpers in a small town: In our gym there are […]

What is “Work Capacity”? [Part II]

The original Russian term rabotosposobnost literally translates into “work ability.” A better translation would be “potential productivity.”

“Long Rests”: A Revolution in Interval Training

My father and I were having a typical conversation about rest periods between sets when he reminded me of "Smoke Bellew," a classic story by one of our favorite writers.