Our Instructors are lead by an elite cadre of strength professionals known simply as the StrongFirst Leadership. Our members of leadership are hand selected by Pavel Tsatsouline or Brett Jones because of their own dedication and practice of our principles and their ability to teach these principles and methods to others.
- Chief SFG: Our Chief SFG, Brett Jones, is tasked with maintaining the curriculum and standards for all of our Kettlebell Certifications and Courses. He is also responsible for developing and mentoring the rest of our SFG Leadership and SFGs (more on Brett Jones).
- Chief SFL: Our Chief SFL, Dr. Michael Hartle, is tasked with maintaining the curriculum and standards for all of our Barbell Certifications and Courses. He is also responsible for the development and mentoring of our SFLs (more on Doc Hartle).
- Chief SFB: Our Chief SFB, Karen Smith, is tasked with maintaining the curriculum and standards for all of our Bodyweight Certifications and Courses. She is also responsible for the development and mentoring of our SFBs (more on Karen Smith).
- Master SFGs: Our Master SFGs have reached the pinnacle of achievement in the world of kettlebell training and instruction. They are all hand-selected by Pavel for their ability not only to demonstrate the skills but also for their ability to pass these skills on to others. Master Instructors serve as the Lead Kettlebell Instructors at our Certifications. For a list of our Master SFGs, click here.
Name Country Tommy Blom Lindome, Sweden Shaun Cairns Somerset West, South Africa Andrea Chang Seattle, WA, United States Jon Engum Brainerd, MN, United States Michael Hartle Fort Wayne, IN, United States Zar Horton Albuquerque, NM, United States Brett Jones Pittsburgh, PA, United States Peter Lakatos , Hungary Jason Marshall Lubbock, TX, United States Mark Reifkind San Jose, CA, United States Phil Scarito King of Prussia, PA, United States Karen Smith McKinney, TX, United States Fabio Zonin Isola Vicentina, Italy
- Senior SFGs: Our Senior SFGs have proven themselves as Team Leaders time and time again at our live Certification events. They are all hand-selected by Pavel for the ability to demonstrate skills and their ability to help teach these skills to others. Senior Instructors lead teams at our Kettlebell Certifications. For a list of Senior SFGs, click here.
Name Country Tim Almond Booragoon, Australia Massimo Bonora Ferrara, Italy Mark Cheng Venice, CA, United States Lance Coffel Portland, OR, United States Betsy Collie Durham, NC, United States Paul Daniels Foothill Ranch, CA, United States Steve Freides Ridgewood, NJ, United States Hector Gutierrez Corpus Christi, TX, United States John Heinz Upper Black Eddy, PA, United States Gabi Katschthaler Debrecen, Hungary Ronen Katz Even Yehuda, Israel Jeremy Layport Paso Robles, CA, United States Pavel Macek Prague, Czechia Craig Marker Peachtree Corners, GA, United States Michael Perry Chelmsford, MA, United States Prentiss Rhodes Scottsdale, AZ, United States Delaine Ross Atlanta, GA, United States Joseph Sansalone Columbia, MD, United States Alexandre Senart Paris, France Cole Summers Winnipeg, Canada Derek Toshner Fond du Lac, WI, United States Ryan Toshner Brookfield, WI, United States Woochae Yoon Seoul, Korea, Republic of
- SFG Team Leaders: Our Team Leaders have proven themselves as assistants at our events. They have been hand-chosen by either Pavel or Brett Jones. Team Leaders will lead teams, with help from our assistants, at our kettlebell Certifications. For a full list of SFG Team Leaders, click here.
Name Country Ferenc Acs Budapest, Hungary Denzel Allen San Francisco, California, United States Jody Beasley Birmingham, AL, United States Claire Booth Bracknell, United Kingdom Laura Callegari PADOVA (PD), Italy Anne Casstevens Salt Lake City, UT, United States Bruno Castro New Orleans, LA, United States Michael Castrogiovanni Campbell, CA, United States Myren Constantine Fu Singapore, Singapore Rachel Darvas Budapest, Hungary Kevin Dea Ardmore, PA, United States Sara Dos Santos New Orleans, LA, United States Ron Farrington East Hanover, NJ, United States Ric Garcia Modesto, CA, United States Mira Gracia Portland, OR, United States Tony Gracia Portland, OR, United States Marty Gutowsky Arlington, VA, United States Debbie Hayes Silver creek, GA, United States Valerie Hedlund San Clemente, CA, United States Scott Iardella Parkland, FL, United States Martine Kerr Dubai, United Arab Emirates Louka Kurcer Pierrefonds, Canada Piers Kwan Brisbane, Australia Jun-Young Lee Daegu, Korea, Republic of Scott MacIntosh Johannesburg, South Africa Ivan Masperi Brescia, Italy Stefano Massa Napoli, Italy Benjamin Mayer Zur Moshe, Israel Granville Mayers Mississauga, Canada Matt McBryde Nashville, TN, United States Jennifer Meehan Alexandria, VA, United States Derek Miller Springdale, AR, United States Steve Milles New York, NY, United States Gary Music Shelby, OH, United States Reneta Music Shelby, OH, United States Brian Myers Amarillo, TX, United States Roxanne Myers Amarillo, TX, United States Analisa Naldi San Francisco, CA, United States Ricardo Nieves Sarasota, FL, United States Jason Pak Somerville, MA, United States Lauren Perreault Somerville, MA, United States Sarah Polacco Brighton, MA, United States Tiago Proenca PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil Oliver Quinn Austin, TX, United States Sasa Rajnovic Rijeka, Croatia Dustin Rippetoe Guthrie, OK, United States Danny Sawaya Tucson, AZ, United States Artemis Scantalides Las Vegas, NV, United States Timothy Shuman Orlando, FL, United States James Sjostrom Midvale, UT, United States Mark Snow Valley, NE, United States Jeff Sokol Seattle, WA, United States Mike Sousa Modesto, CA, United States John Spezzano Los Angeles, CA, United States Jozsef Stefanovics Tárnok City, Hungary Andzelika Stefanska Kraków, Poland Yoana Teran San Diego, CA, United States Mike Torres Seattle, WA, United States Ervin Toth Budapest, Hungary Asha Wagner Concord, CA, United States Dariusz Walus Zielona Gora, Poland Michael Wille clearwater, FL, United States Brian Wright Leesburg, VA, United States Jimmy Yuan Phoenix, AZ, United States Arianna Zaccagnini roma, Italy Cristian Zedda Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy