SFG II Kettlebell Certification Requirements


  • Windmill (3 repetitions per side, with snatch test bell)
  • Bent Press (1 repetition on 1 side with a snatch test bell (or heavier). Recertifying SFG Level II instructors will be tested with 1 repetition on one side with a military press strength test kettlebell.)
  • Double Snatch (5 repetitions, with one size down from snatch size bells
  • Double Push Press (5 repetitions, with snatch test bell*)
  • Double Jerk (5 repetitions, with snatch test bell*)

* Note: Push press and jerk testing for RE-CERTIFICATION on Level II will be based on the following size chart:

12kg 2 x 16kg
16kg 2 x 20kg
20kg 2 x 24kg
24kg 2 x 32kg


The following skills will be taught and tested with snatch test size kettlebells:

  • Swing (10 repetitions each side)
  • Double Clean (5 repetitions)
  • Press (5 repetitions each side)
  • Double Front Squat (5 repetitions)
  • Snatch (5 repetitions each side)
  • Get up Tested with a kettlebell 1/3 heavier than the snatch test bell (1 repetition per side

    Snatch Test Bell Get-Up Bell (1/3 heavier)
    12kg 16kg
    16kg 20kg
    20kg 28kg
    24kg 32kg


  • The standard Level I snatch test.


You will be tested on your military press strength. Men are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/2 their bodyweight. Women are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/3 their bodyweight. Masters of 50 years of age and older have a separate set of requirements.

Men Men Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 117 24kg
118-132 28kg Up to 132 20kg
133-150 32kg 133-150 24kg
151-168 36kg 151-168 28kg
169-185 40kg 169-194 32kg
186-203 44kg Over 194 36kg
Over 203 48kg
Women Women Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 112 16kg
113-126 18kg Up to 122 12kg
127-139 20kg 123-158 16kg
140-152 22kg 159-194 20kg
Over 152 24kg Over 194 24kg


  • Chalk is allowed. Supportive gear of any sort (lifting belts, wrist wraps, etc.) is not.
  • Performance of the press with one arm is sufficient.
  • The student must clean the kettlebell.
  • The student and the kettlebell shall pause motionless before the press.
  • The fist of the pressing hand must be below chin level before the start of the press.
  • Once the kettlebell is in the rack, the knees must stay locked and the feet planted until the student has locked out the press.
  • There may be no downward movement of the kettlebell after the pause in the rack.
  • A minimal back bend is allowed but may not increase in the course of the press.
  • A moderate side bend is allowed.
  • The student may not roll the kettlebell onto the shoulder and press from there.
  • The student shall press the kettlebell overhead until the elbow is locked and pause motionless until the instructor’s ”Down!” command.
  • The student may lower the kettlebell in any safe manner of his choice.


If you fail any of the above tests, you will be given six months to retest with a Master SFG, Senior SFG, or SFG Team Leader. Your SFG II Instructor certificate will not be issued until you have passed all the tests. If you have passed the Level I+ tests, your Level I certificate will be renewed for two years.

Consistent with the SFG Level I certification, you will have to meet the following criteria in order to become an SFG Level II Instructor

  1. Exhibit safe and efficient technique in the Level II and in the Level I skills.
  2. Demonstrate good judgment, especially concerning safety.
  3. Show a strong spirit.
  4. Demonstrate effective teaching skills.
  5. Pass the strength test.
  6. Pass the snatch test.
  7. Abide by the StrongFirst Code


In rare cases a highly accomplished, national or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. The same exemption is available for veteran military, law enforcement and first responders. These exemptions will be applied for on a case-by-case basis and be presented to the Chief of that discipline (SFG, SFL or SFB) for approval. All requests for exemption can be sent to: contact@strongfirst.com for vetting. We will then forward to the respective chiefs.