March 12, 2019On the flight home from teaching a StrongFirst Lifter certification (SFL), I was thinking about the programming section and some of our discussions. One of the questions that always gets asked is: “What about assistance exercises?” My answer is simple—until you have spent at least a year working on the movements that we taught at […]
December 13, 2018 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #16 Summary Mira Kwon is the co-owner of Industrial Strength, an Accredited StrongFirst Gym in Portland, Oregon. She is an accomplished weightlifter. In this episode, she talks about the benefits of Olympic weight training and how it differs from kettlebell movements. Show Notes 01:16 — Mira talks about how she got […]
November 5, 2018Ladies and Gentlemen, the October 2018 TSC results are final! Thank you to everyone who took part in this day of worldwide strength, spirit, and camaraderie. We also want to thank all the hosts and judges—the event could not happen with you! The Fall 2018 Tactical Strength Challenge had close to 1000 competitors. There were […]
August 21, 2018With August upon us, members of the StrongFirst community from the New York City area and elsewhere have already begun their preparations for the 2018 New York City Marathon. Wait a minute. That can’t be right! Marathon training inevitably cannibalizes muscle and leads to a loss of strength. I’m not entirely sure, but I think […]
May 15, 2018The lifts, the preparation, the weekend itself, and priceless bits of advice—the barbell and its ultimate instructional experience, the SFL Certification—are demystified.
March 5, 2019By Fabio Zonin, Master SFG and Pavel Tsatsouline Earlier this year, we launched “Reload: Your Barbell Strength Blueprint,” a concise e-book featuring individually-tailored, nearly-foolproof strength programming. Some of our readers asked the question that became the title of this article. Here is our answer. Let us start by clearly stating which training philosophy each represents: Reload—American powerlifting cycling […]
November 20, 2018How do you boost your bench press? By mastering the pause between your concentric and eccentric movements. Master SFG Dr. Michael Hartle explains why and provides two practice techniques to help teach you how. Lower. Pause. Press Up. Repeat. Four words that could describe a lot of different things going on in that order. However, […]
October 9, 2018How 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 […]
May 31, 2018When Pavel and I wrote the SFL Manual back in 2012-2013, we decided to build it on top of what is taught at the SFG I Certification. Namely, the swing, get-up, goblet squat and the arm bar. This article attempts to say more than just how to do them, but why you did them. Prior to […]
January 23, 2018The ubiquity of knee sleeves at the weight room squat rack make them a tempting purchase for a novice lifter. Should you wear them? First meet this squat strength benchmark, and then the answer is "maybe".