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Podcast Episode #12: Dr. Chad Waterbury

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Dr. Chad Waterbury about strength and conditioning. Show Notes 00:44 – About Dr. Chad Waterbury, who was trained as a neurophysiologist and Doctor of Physical Training. 3:36 – Dr. Waterbury discusses visualization and its benefits. 04:34 […]

Four Mobility Drills to Fix your Performance Killing Feet

We often blame our feet last for performance problems or tension leaks. But as our main connection to the ground, they are the foundation to all movement and the vessels through which we generate power and express our strength. Neglecting them is not an option. Learn four drills by  Master StrongFirst Instructor Karen Smith to […]

Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Pavel Macek, Senior StrongFirst instructor, StrongFirst Accredited Gym Owner, trainer of high-level MMA fighters, developer of the new StrongFirst Resilient workshop, and historian of strength culture. Show Notes 01:28 – Pavel shares his background in strength, […]

How to Row 3000 Miles Across an Ocean with a Barbell

How do you strengthen sport required qualities in the gym and practice the skills it requires in sports-specific sessions when your chosen sport is a 3000 mile ocean row? No, not by rowing machines, ultra marathon runs or sit ups. By training your slow-twitch muscle fiber strength with barbell back squats and seated cable rows. Here’s […]

Podcast Episode #10: Chris Chapman

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #10 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Chris Chapman, Director of Sport Science at Push. Chris discusses strategies to optimize power in your kettlebell swing with velocity based training. Show Notes 00:49 About Chris Chapman. 01:23 Chris describes how his background in athletic […]

Your Multipurpose Strength Tool (aka the Get-up)

“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” —Marshall McLuhan Our “tools” could be looked at as our implement (a kettlebell, for example), the exercise we select, our program, or how we use the tool to mold us. Multipurpose tools have become a mainstay in our lives. We “shaped” the multipurpose tool to […]

Podcast Episode #08: Dr. Judd Biasiotto

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #08 Summary: In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Dr. Judd Biasiotto, sports psychologist and author of The Search for Greatness, about going from dead last in powerlifting meets to setting world records, and the mindset that helped him overcome many challenges. Many of his […]

The Origins of the Dead Swing

Dead Swing. Power Swing. Hike-Swing-Park. “Rif” Swing. Whatever you choose to call it, this single repetition kettlebell swing should be in your training toolbox. It’s equally fantastic as a corrective drill, a teaching tool for a great KB swing start, a method to develop max power for each rep of a swing, and an evil […]

Podcast Episode #09: Mike Perry

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #09 Summary: In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Mike Perry, Senior StrongFirst Instructor, about training athletes, from teenagers to elite MMA fighters. Show Notes: 00:38 – Mike Perry and his wife, Amanda, run a large gym called Skill of Strength outside Boston. 01:30 – […]

Make Every Rep Count: Preparing for the TSC

The next Tactical Strength Challenge is on October 27, 2018. Register before August 31, to get your free T-Shirt. In October of 2017, I competed for the first time in the Women’s Elite Division of StrongFirst’s Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC). I was happy with my results—Deadlift 136kg, Pull-up 7, and Snatch 120—but felt I could […]