Every Joint. Every Day. The Elegance of Simple and Sinister

I recently attended a conference and watched a presentation by a highly respected clinician and researcher who specializes in chiropractic and neuro physiology. He works very hard to show the link between movement of the joints and what happens at the brain level. His research dives deep into pain and inflammation, along with keeping joints […]

Get StrongFirst Online: Essential Kettlebell Exercises

“Online education is like a rising tide, it’s going to lift all boats.” Anant Agarwal According to an article in US News and World Reports “a 2015 study showed that 6 million students – a large majority of whom were undergraduates – enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2015.” And if MIT, Harvard […]

Stop Slowing Yourself Down

My friend Jamie Crowder introduced me to the important distinction between “dilemma” and “problem” as it relates to martial arts strategy. A dilemma is defined as “a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.” This means that unlike a “problem” which has one […]

Breaking Parallel in the Squat: Why You Shouldn’t Avoid It and How to Achieve It

It remains a point of contention—is squatting bad for your knees? Is it safer to squat no lower than parallel? Or are these merely myths, perpetuated by trainers who simply don't know how to properly establish a comfortable, full-depth squat pattern for those who struggle with it?

Two Powerful Methods for Improving Your Pull-Up

Transform your pull-ups from "fine" to "outstanding." You may need to step back the weight and the reps at first to get them to "outstanding" status, but this is how to do it.

It’s OK to Struggle

Professional “Learners” We were all professional “learners” at some point. Think about it. Your “job” for the first 18 years or so was to learn. First to learn how to move and walk, and then how to learn in school. This may have continued in sports (learning more movement) or onto advanced degrees (learning more […]

The Repetitions within a Single Repetition

Many years ago when I was a competitive powerlifter and a Westside Barbell student, I hurt my back in training. Pretty badly too. I was in preparation for Masters Nationals and I still wanted to compete (this was before I learned not to be greedy. I was tough but greedy for my strength). I trained for […]

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.

Greasing the Groove, Explained: The Power of Frequent, Perfect, Sub-Maximal (Easy) Reps

Grease-the-groove (GTG) is an extremely effective (and popular) strength-building method—particularly for those who wish to increase their strength without adding more muscle. But although the practice is "easy", it must be done throughout the day and it must be perfect. Here's how and why it works.

Two Important Carries for the Clinician

These are a chiropractor's two favorite kettlebell carries. This is how to perform them (and how not to).