Pavel Tsatsouline, StrongFirst Founder lecturing at a PlanStrong eventFounder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline
A former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, later a Subject Matter Expert to elite US military and law enforcement special operations units, Pavel introduced the Russian kettlebell to the West in 1998 and started the kettlebell revolution. (More about Pavel)


Chief Executive Officer, Fabio Zonin
A former natural powerlifter and bodybuilder, Fabio has taught for FIF (Italian Federation of Fitness) for almost two decades and is a Master SFG instructor. He has authored numerous manuals and videos for FIF instructor certification courses, as well as articles for Italian strength, fitness, bodybuilding magazines. Zonin is a former vice president of AINBB (Italian Association of Natural Bodybuilding) and a consultant to leading Italian companies in the fields of sports equipment and nutritional supplements.


Director of Education, Brett Jones
Brett has been teaching with Pavel since April of 2003 and certified by Pavel in February of 2002. As an Athletic Trainer and Fitness Professional for 25 years, he brings a well-rounded experience and education to the Director Education position. The 11th person in the world to bend the IronMind Red Nail and a Beast Tamer, Brett walks the walk as Chief SFG.


Chief Financial Officer, Jasna Marker
Jasna is currently working on her PhD dissertation in finance and has worked for several years in the corporate finance field. A certified SFG II, Jasna is passionate about StrongFirst and enjoys training students at her home courage corner. Her goal is to be able to press 24kg and do 12 pull-ups.


shotspringChief Operating Officer, Amanda Kennedy
Amanda holds a BA in Theater and a BS in Exercise Science. She enjoys lifting heavy things, cooking (and eating), teaching/performing improv, and training students. Reach out to her if you’re ever in Denver for a coffee meet-up.


Chief Scientific Officer, Craig Marker
A doctor of statistics/psychology, a university professor, an accomplished researcher, Craig is committed to helping people improve their lives—including through strength. As a Senior Instructor, Craig had passed every one of our highly-demanding Instructor Certifications.


Vice President of Marketing, Nikki Shlosser
The voice of StrongFirst, Nikki is also an SFG Team Leader and has been an Instructor under Pavel since 2008. She did (once) put a 97-pound kettlebell overhead with one arm in an old-time lift called the “bent press”…but the 106-pound Beast only laughs. She was too strong to work at a law firm…(says Pavel)


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