TSC 2019 Competition Edition Results

The Tactical Strength Challenge—StrongFirst’s strength triathlon—happens twice each year, with hundreds of participants, and in facilities across the globe. Each year’s opening event is community-focused, where we highlight charities served, outstanding personal achievements, new participants, remarkable stories, and other matters that can’t be reflected by numbers alone. The second event—the Competition Edition—which recently happened on […]

Lift No Faster Than You Can Talk: An Excerpt from S&S 2.0

We are proud to officially present Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised and Updated Edition, or simply S&S 2.0. Time is a man’s best friend if he makes good use of it and a man’s worst enemy if he lets it run him. Most people who live by the clock are miserable sorts of critters. But […]

Taming the Arc in Kettlebell Lifts—A Shortcut with a Catch

The offer of a shortcut always seems tempting. But life experiences quickly teach us that they usually come with a catch—or simply don’t deliver the promised results. However, if you’ve ever struggled with kettlebells landing heavily during the clean, high pull or snatch, here is one shortcut that will save you time, effort, and sore […]

Ride the Wave: How to Program for Progress

If training consistently is the foundation of results, does that mean doing the same thing over and over? If you want to keep making progress, at some point you’ll need to make changes to your program, but what, when and how much? Brett Jones takes the mystery out of adding variety to your training. If […]

Knowledge is Power—Velocity-Based Training

There are many ways to assess the quality of your kettlebell training. One is being mindful of how your training feels. Another, admittedly more scientific way, is to keep tabs on how fast your body is moving to determine how fast and hard you’re swinging, cleaning, snatching, or pressing the bell. In other words, how […]

You’re Part of Our Family: Cole Summers on Building a Legacy in Coaching and Life

An interview with Cole Summers. If you were to ever mention the name Cole Summers to anyone involved in Canadian track, hockey, or rugby, you’d most likely get a knowing nod and a smile in return. The title of ‘legend’ is overused in sports, but in Cole’s case, it’s valid. Writing out his entire resume […]

Swinging for the Fences and Driving the Greens—Training Baseball and Golf Pros

If you’ve ever encountered StrongFirst Certified Team Leader Jimmy Yuan at a certification or event, you’ll probably remember him as the good-natured joker whose wicked sense of humor livens up any room he walks into. This belies the fact that Jimmy is also a highly dedicated professional who is not only a fully qualified chiropractor, […]

Dairy Cows and Burrito Bowls—How to Win the TSC

The StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge returns around the world on Saturday, October 26. The TSC is a personal challenge held twice a year, but the October instalment also sees men and women in the Competition Division vie to be crowned annual TSC Champion. What does it take to reach the top of the scoreboard? Someone […]

Controlling Your Breath for Performance and Health

“It’s funny, but you never really think much about breathing. Until it’s all you ever think about.” – Author Tim Winton There is no doubt that you have heard of employing some type of breath control to improve your performance, your state of health, or to reduce stress. Moreover, it probably isn’t a stretch to […]

Box Clever—How to Unlock your Range of Motion

Serious strength is best built on a solid foundation of fundamental compound lifts, such as deadlifts, squats, and pressing. To ensure safety and maximize the benefits, that strength needs to be accessible across the movement’s full range of motion. Since not everyone starts off with perfect mobility, here’s a simple strategy to make you stronger […]