SFG Kettlebell Course


what is the sfg course?

The most fundamental and thoroughly in-depth kettlebell instruction available within a single day.

Developed by the founder of the modern kettlebell movement, Pavel Tsatsouline, the SFG Course is THE 8-hour kettlebell workshop — perfected.

Is the SFG Course the best option for you?

You want to learn how to use kettlebells…correctly and safely.

You also want to be certain that you will receive the best instruction possible, and avoid wasting any (more) of your time or money. If you are like many others who attend the SFG Course, then perhaps:

  • your nearest SFG Instructor‘s class schedule does not fit into your own work/life schedule.
  • you want to dig deeper into the skills, but cannot afford a series of one-on-one sessions right now.
  • or you just want to take a single day to learn everything you can, in order to cancel your gym membership and get busy on your own.

You have probably been browsing through dozens of how-to articles and YouTube videos, confused by the conflicting images and examples, and unable to distinguish what’s really correct from what isn’t. Here is a hint: Most of what you will see out there is suboptimal. And a lot of it is flat-out dangerous.

The guessing game is over — you have found the preeminent authority here at StrongFirst. When you register for an SFG Course, you can be certain that you will receive the highest-quality instruction available. Do not veer off-course; stick with us, and you will never again wonder if you are on the right track.


This part is pretty cool.

First, some orientation. StrongFirst’s kettlebell curriculum and training methodology has been developed and refined by Founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, for well over a decade. We currently offer three types of Courses: Kettlebell (SFG), Barbell (SFL), and Bodyweight (SFB). Each of these Courses is appropriate for practitioners of virtually any skill level. No previous kettlebell experience is required to attend the SFG Course.

StrongFirst certifies instructors in each of these three modalities, as well. Our flagship program, the SFG Certification, has the highest standards in the industry, and is the most sought-after kettlebell instructor credential. The standards are so high, that on average one-third of all SFG candidates (most of whom are already personal trainers) fail to meet the requirements, after months or even years of serious preparation.

SFG Instructors are the strongest, most qualified and experienced kettlebell instructors in the world.

The SFG Instructors that have been invited to teach our SFG Course were carefully evaluated and selected by Pavel. This group represents just 3% of the over 2,000 SFG Instructors, worldwide.




Kettlebell instruction is our legacy, and it is our ongoing obsession.

As the most established, experienced, and meticulous kettlebell instruction organization in history, StrongFirst has identified the most important elements for you to learn in a single day, and the most efficient ways of teaching them.

Only the most necessary skills are covered in order to ensure that, by the end of the day, you will understand the techniques and concepts, and you will be able to safely practice them on your own.

In addition to the specific kettlebell skills listed below — and no less important — you will learn many MOVEMENT FUNDAMENTALS:

  • Kettlebell training safety
  • “Strength stretching” to take the brakes off your strength, spare your joints, and always be ready to go
  • State-of-the-art breathing techniques for strength, endurance, back safety, and stress reduction
  • Tension skills for instant strength gains
  • A proven way to train your abs 300% more intensely than with traditional exercises
  • Shoulder mechanics used by professionals for maximal strength and resilience

DEADLIFT — the most “functional” exercise

SQUAT — the essential and easy-to-learn goblet squat

SWING — the “fat-burning athlete builder”

TURKISH GET-UP, OR TGU — a lesson in moving strong

MILITARY PRESS — a classic test of strength and one of the very best upper body builders

You are even provided a TRAINING PLAN to follow — for general strength and conditioning, muscle building, and fat loss.



Yes, this Course is also for you.

Even if you have already been messing around with them for several years, you will be surprised to see just how much there is to learn about training with kettlebells, and the level of detail that is required to do it well. It is a lot different than you thought — and it is awesome.

Also, the Course provides .8 CEUs toward your NASM credential.


If you happen to live within driving distance of an SFG Course Instructor, lucky you! Unfortunately, not everyone does. Many of our Course Instructors do travel to regions across the US and abroad, and they plan and schedule their own Courses. That said, if you are waiting to see if a Course ever appears on the calendar in [insert your hometown], this is probably not a great tactic.

Seriously — the travel is worth it. Get registered, and plan your trip. You deserve a really fun day at an elite “kettlebell camp”.


StrongFirst Girya. Girya is the Russian word for kettlebell.


Absolutely, without question.

Do understand, however, that the Course does not cover all skills tested at the Certification. In order to ensure that those brand-new to kettlebell training will leave the Course with requisite competency, we need to focus on the most important four skills. The two that are not covered, the Clean and the Snatch, in addition to being more technically complex, also require a great deal of time practicing the hard style swing prior to their introduction. We strongly suggest you receive instruction on the Clean and the Snatch from an SFG Instructor on your own when you begin preparing for your Certification, with regular technique check-ups.


Yes, and it is awesome.


More than 2600 people have attended the SFG Course over the past two years. Their experience has been sensational, and we are incredibly proud of this. Occasionally, an attendee has even been compelled to write in to us here at StrongFirst Headquarters, to tell us how much they enjoyed it. Three of those appear below (with the authors’ permission).

SFG Course Reviews

Read a note from Brad

“My wife would say I’m somewhat obsessed with kettlebells, but I never had any personal instruction on form and technique. There are no SFGs in my area, and I didn’t want to take a class from an instructor who probably knew less than I did. When this class was announced, I jumped at it.

Everything is in the details, and the instuctor’s ability to convey those details — all the tips on form, and cueing, and tension, and all the rest, will continue to be invaluable to me. I wasn’t awful at anything; I learned how to be better at everything.

It was very worth it, and I am grateful. Thank you.” —Brad Banks

Read a note from Ulrik

“Last summer I had a 6-week stretch at Harvard University. Around week 4 I drove down to Silver Spring, Maryland to take a 1-day Course. The 8 hours FLEW away and I came out both smarter and stronger and have had fuel for training for now a full year since then.  I had more valuable learning in those 8 hours than I did in the full 6 weeks at Harvard.” —Ulrik Lehrskov

Read a note from Andrew

“Dear StrongFirst, I just wanted to send you a big thank you, and two thumbs up on your kettlebell course I attended with my wife. I am a 51 year-old field operations paramedic. I have been surfing for over 40 years with an extensive competitive history and I have earned two black belts. I have been training with kettlebells for 6 years. Probably like most, I bought the ETK book and video, went to my “courage corner” and began to practice. Kettlebells have kept me strong, resilient, and kept my hips powerful.

Wow, what an eye-opening day. The StrongFirst course content and instructor were fantastic… This day was true goldmine of knowledge… Cueing and masterful correctives brought so much more tension and strength to my game… [Instructor’s] attention to detail is finer than frog hair.

The course content was much more evolved than the HKC certification I obtained in 2011. There is also so much more than the five movements listed…

Thank you Pavel and your team for making this information and course available. You have greatly improved the quality of my life and me as an athlete.” —Andrew Herzog, NREMT-P, Carolina Beach, N.C., USA


June 25, 2016 – Birmingham, AL

June 25, 2016 – Modesto, CA

June 26, 2016 – New York, NY

July 2, 2016 – Perth, Australia

July 9, 2016 – Kansas City, MO

July 10, 2016 – Orange County, CA

July 16, 2016 – Seoul, South Korea

July 16, 2016 – San Diego, CA

July 16, 2016 – Saskatoon, Canada

July 17, 2016 – Rohnert Park, CA

July 17, 2016 – Seattle, WA

July 24, 2016 – Charlotte, NC

July 30, 2016 – Santiago de Chile, Chile

July 30, 2016 – Bentonville, AR

July 31, 2016 – Kailua-Kona, HI

July 31, 2016 – Vancouver, Canada

August 20, 2016 – Porto Alegre, Brazil

August 26, 2016 – Long Island, NY

August 27, 2016 – Montreal, Canada

August 28, 2016 – Chattanooga, TN

September 10, 2016 – Prague, Czech Republic

September 17, 2016 – Denver, CO

September 17, 2016 – Sydney, Australia

September 18, 2016 – Brisbane, Australia

September 25, 2016 – Washington, DC

October 2, 2016 – Fredericksburg, VA

October 8, 2016 – Minneapolis, MN

October 8, 2016 – Kalamazoo, MI

October 9, 2016 – Mexico City, Mexico

October 15, 2016 – Singapore

October 15, 2016 – Modesto, CA

October 15, 2016 – Columbia, MD

October 15, 2016 – Florence, Italy

November 12, 2016 – Ashburn, VA

November 20, 2016 – Chatham, NJ

January 22, 2017 – King Of Prussia, PA

February 19, 2017 – New York, NY

May 21, 2017 – New York, NY

August 27, 2017 – New York, NY

November 12, 2017 – New York, NY