Data for the Data-Averse

Your fitness is a result—not of the work you perform—but of the work you recover from. The research suggests shorter sets with limited drop-off of power and velocity, with sufficient rest—for a lower biological cost. And this is how to measure it.

Let’s Get Lateral

The kettlebell swing alone may cover a great percentage of a human's athletic needs, but those who participate in activities that require good lateral motion, strength and stability can benefit from sprinkling in some lateral variations—such as the side-stepping swing and goblet lunge.

2018 StrongFirst Updates

Since you are likely looking ahead to 2018 and beginning to lay out your training year (you are, aren’t you?), we want to update you on some changes that may be relevant to you.

Training Observations: Every Rep Is a Chance to Learn

After fifteen years of swinging kettlebells, I am still learning. Every rep is a chance to learn—this is the thought that has recently percolated for me and here are my resulting training observations.

A Self-Correcting Drill for a Classic Blunder of the Kettlebell Swing

This article is about a common error in the kettlebell swing. I want to introduce you to a self-correcting drill to address having too much extension at the top of the swing.

Quarterly Update: Back to the Barbell

Our Chief SFG Instructor and Director of Education is a great person to keep up on—particularly these moments of reflection on his own training and the lessons his insights impart to the rest of us.

Sinister, Occam’s Razor, and 2018

How does StrongFirst's Director of Education and Chief SFG Instructor plan out his training for the coming year? Here's a peek behind the curtain, of one of the smartest minds in strength.

Essential Details for Proper Swing Grip and the Kettlebell Halo

The devil may be in the details, but the benefits are found there, as well. Here are details on the kettlebell swing and the kettlebell halo that can make a difference in your results.

Yes, You Can: A Knee-Friendly Alternative to the Get-up’s Windshield Wiper

Let's be like Bruce Lee's willow when it comes to our get-ups, and learn how an alternative to the windshield wiper can open new possibilities for ourselves and our students.

How to Get Properly Loaded in the Deadlift and Swing

We “get loaded” through an eccentric movement. Since the deadlift begins with a concentric movement, our set-up is what provides us with the opportunity to create an eccentric load.