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Your Journey to a Handstand Push-up: Part 3

If you spent time on the bent-arm strength progression outlined in part one, and then advanced to the straight-arm strength progressions in part two, you are now ready to begin the pushing progressions.

The Pursuit of Mastery: Setting the Right Goal Can Be the Key

As students of strength, it’s safe to say we’re all chasing some sort of goal. This article will examine the goal-setting process and challenge you to compare the usefulness of performance-based versus mastery-based goals.

No Plan B: Make the Decision to Be Strong

When you make a decision, you cut away all options except for the one you are pursuing. You make a commitment and take action. So what are the decisions you need to make for successful strength training?

Looking Back to Move Forward: New Planning for the New Year

It's time to consider our New Year’s resolutions and our dreams for the coming year. Instead of relying on the mystical attribute of “will power,” learn from your previous attempts and create a plan that addresses the weak links.

The Language of Strength Is Universal

Although the Certification I recently attended was taught in Hungarian, I didn’t need a translator. I didn’t always know what was being said, but I understood the message. Because the language of strength is universal.

Your Journey to a Handstand Push-up: Part 2

Once you have built your stabilizers in the bent-arm position and feel comfortable upside down, you can move closer to the handstand push-up by following these progressions to build your straight-arm strength.

The Triple Progression System Explained

The triple progression system can be used with grind lifts like the press or squat, as well as ballistic moves like swings and snatches. It is a time-tested method of building a solid base to gain basic strength and up your numbers.

How to Build the Hard Style Powerlifter

I’m not very interested, much less qualified, in taking an advanced lifter to the top of the powerlifting world. Rather, it seems most valuable to make real strength training accessible to the masses in a smart, safe way.

The 2 Most Common Errors in Kettlebell Swing Set-up

Just like the set-up for any skill, the set-up for the swing is critical. Before the hike, we need to be in proper position for the hike. This attention to detail will allow you to begin and end each set powerfully and safely.

A Science-Based Plan to Prepare You for the SFG Level I and SFG Level II

This prep guide for the SFG Level I and/or SFG Level II builds your conditioning and strength using Pavel’s latest research. It is a science-based plan backed by Soviet research as well as our own.

PREP GUIDES

A Science-Based Plan to Prepare You for the SFG Level I and SFG Level II

This prep guide for the SFG Level I and/or SFG Level II builds your conditioning and strength using Pavel’s latest research. It is a science-based plan backed by Soviet research as well as our own.

How to Prepare for and Pass Your SFG Level I

Successfully completing your SFG Level I takes smart planning. This was my path to a successful Level I and the eight-week training plan I followed.

SFG Level II Certification Prep Story

Here's what to expect at your SFG Level II, how I prepared, and my recommendations to you to ensure you have a successful Certification weekend.

SFG Level I Certification: 3 + 6 = Excellence

The SFG Level I Certification digs deep into the six movements that test your skills, strengths, and weaknesses - and even your mental strength.

Peaking and Assessment for SFG Preparation

Here is the actual program I used with my students for SFG Level I preparation, as well as how we assessed and adjusted our strategy along the way.

StrongFirst SFG Kettlebell Certification Prep Guide

I have been teaching with Pavel for over ten years at more workshops and certifications than I care to count. Based on those experiences, I have created this prep guide for the SFG Level I Certification.

A Solid Game Plan for Acing the Snatch Test

Many people eager to become SFG Level I Certified get anxious about the snatch test. But the test is very passable if you have a solid game plan and properly prepare.

The SFG Level II Preparation Guide

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.

4 Essential Mental Tools for Passing the SFG Level I Cert

If you’ve signed up for the SFG Level I Cert, or are considering it, then read this article, put the tools to work, and know you can and will pass your test.