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)
Executive Consultant, 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 Master SFG Instructor.
shotspringChief Operations Officer, Amanda Kennedy
Amanda holds a BA in Theater and a BS in Exercise Science. Learn about Amanda’s experiences before she joined StrongFirst here. During winter time she is snowboarding and crocheting, and in the warmer months, she’ll be wading in a creek or floating ocean waves (see her adventures: FB, IG). Reach out to Amanda if you’re ever in Denver for a chai tea meet-up.
Marketing Consultant, Martine Kerr
A former Marketing Vice President for a Canadian private investment firm, with over 20 years as a fitness coach, Martine found her way to kettlebells in 2007. It was love at first swing…and deadlift…and pistol. A StrongFirst Elite instructor, she was originally certified as an RKC in 2010, was promoted to StrongFirst Team Leader in 2014 and has been honored to teach in 5 countries. Over the past ten years, she has split her time between a successful training business and marketing consultancy. Martine holds an MBA & Post-MBA, with multiple Marketing specializations. She lives in Dubai with her 12-year-old aspiring hockey player.
Steve FreidesDirector of Community Engagement, Steve Freides
A career music academic, multi-instrumentalist Steve holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting and has taught a wide variety of music-related subjects at New York City’s Mannes College of Music and elsewhere. Steve discovered strength training while recovering from a debilitating back injury and went on to set multiple state, national, and world records in his age and weight class in the deadlift. He continues to compete and set records in his 60’s. An early adopter of the Internet as a vehicle for communication, Steve administers the StrongFirst forum, answers inquiries on our social media pages, and works to make the world a stronger place. Steve is a Senior StrongFirst Instructor.

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