Tag Archives: Pavel Tsatsouline

How to Build Your Slow Fibers, Part I

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   Great Soviet dancer Mahmoud Esambayev (center) with an army big wig and a cosmonaut in the Kremlin. You may have guessed that slow fibers take slow movements to train them.  To appreciate the challenge of super … Continue reading

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heads up!

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     A few years ago, a strange idea emerged from the clinical world: the insect head.  White coats started telling lifters to lock their heads onto their torsos during hip hinge lifts—deadlifts, swings, cleans, and … Continue reading

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the cost of adaptation

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman Today I will revisit some of my writings from fifteen years ago and then expand on the topic of health and performance. According to Prof. Bayevsky, at any given moment, between 50 to 80% of all … Continue reading

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the long view

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is a remarkable work of faith, art, and engineering. Enter it, and you experience an out-of-this-world feeling of being lifted up to heavens, floating up on a beam … Continue reading

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strength aerobics

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   “Conditioning” is a very vague term—and it is for the better, given the scientists’ lack of understanding of endurance, its different facets, and the variables affecting it. Fighters and other hard living types love killing … Continue reading

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the swing sandwich

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   For years, kettlebell instructor Missy Beaver has been placing a set of swings between sets of everything else.  She has had great success with her students who range from professional athletes and fighters to celebrities.  … Continue reading

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strongfirst team pulls strong again

By Jason Marshall, Senior SFG and Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     Ladies and gentlemen, this is Jason Marshall.  We had two lifters for the East Coast meet in Philly, Ellen Stein and Lisa Burke.  Both won their divisions.   Ellen pulled … Continue reading

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the toughness of a strength athlete

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     In the public mind the word “toughness” is associated with endurance. A marathoner gutting it out for hours. A professional boxer surviving a dozen rounds. Yet the never-give-up mindset is just as present in … Continue reading

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a secret kettlebell weapon for a big bench press

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   It is an axiom: if you want to bench big, you must arch big.  An arch shortens the range of motion, puts you into a much stronger decline press angle, pre-stretches the pecs, and puts … Continue reading

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thumbs up in kettlebell pulls?

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   Recently we have seen a number of students coming to SFG certs clean and swing with their thumbs up.  I am here to put an end to this fashion. Other kettlebell systems have been known to … Continue reading

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