THE LATEST ARTICLES

Lessons from the Hockey Life: Remembering Gordie Howe

I grew up in professional hockey dressing rooms since I was about two years of age. This lifestyle meant I got to see how men of character related to each other — men like Gordie Howe.

10 Things I Learned in 10 Years as a Kettlebell Instructor

Here are ten things I’ve learned in the past ten years as a kettlebell instructor. Some points are specific to being an instructor, some are for trainers in general, but all of these points should be useful to the student of strength.

Your Journey to a Handstand Push-up: Part 1

It's best to begin slowly to build a solid foundation of technique before jumping “head first” into advanced skills. This article is the first part of a three-part series that will help you plot your journey to the HSPU.

Using SFG Principles and the Maffetone Method to Improve Client Results

What if there's a better, safer way to get stronger and lose body fat than HIIT? Here's what we discovered when we applied both the Maffetone Method and StrongFirst principles in our group classes.

Solid: In-Between Simple & Sinister

Here are my thoughts, tips, and tricks from my training through the space in-between Simple and Sinister. I will point out aspects of S&S program that are often overlooked, but which are key to your long-term improvement.

Group Exercise Class: A Template for Successful Kettlebell Training

Group exercise trainers need a class template they can easily adjust at the last minute. A template that works regardless of the experience and ability level of each student. A proven plan. If a class template like that is what you’re after, keep reading.

A Lesson on Leadership, Social Media, and “Teachable Moments”

As professionals in an internet age, our message can spread far and we need to spread our message well and properly. Recently, Fabio Zonin and I had a stumble, but we turned it into a teachable moment.

The Dangers of Circumducitur Cervicalis Syndrome and How to Prevent It

This not very well known condition is actually quite prevalent in our society today. People of all ages suffer from it without realizing, and once a person is afflicted with this condition, it is difficult to overcome.

Fall 2016 TSC Results

The Fall TSC results are final! Thank you to everyone who took part in this day of worldwide strength, spirit, and camaraderie—and we would like to especially welcome all of our first-time participants. We hope you're hooked.

How to Train Your Way to Owning a Strict Hanging Leg Raise

Most people bypass adding the hanging leg raise into their training because of the perceived difficulty, but in this article I will teach you usable progressions to work your way toward owning a strict hanging leg raise.

PREP GUIDES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.