Simplify your Strength Programming Using Die-Rolled Variability

What is the best plan for any strength or fitness goal? It’s the one that you will consistently follow. A reasonable program done consistently will deliver better results than a masterminded one that you can’t stick to. Simplifying your programming gives you more time to focus on the doing.  Author Arryn Grogan shares his simple […]

Get Stronger with Odd-load Kettlebell Training

Life is unpredictable. So training that helps us withstand and react to asymmetrical loads and stresses goes a long way in making us more resilient. Kettlebells are perfect tools to help with that—especially when we add specialized odd-load varieties in our training. Not only are these moves great for those without matching doubles, but they are […]

How to be a Better Strength Coach and Student

Becoming the best version of yourself—either coach or student—usually means exploring the other side of your tendencies and preferences. But being stuck in either a creative or structured approach to training (or coaching) keeps you from the resources the other ‘side’ has to offer. Here Brett Jones, Director of Education, explains the pros and cons of […]

Press Stronger NOW with the Kettlebell Pull Press

We all want a stronger kettlebell press. Boosting your strength baseline makes everything else, everything before, relatively easier. But strength isn’t just about your muscles: it’s about your brain. So finding and using principles, techniques and drills that unlock your ability to better express the strength that you do have is something to strive for. […]

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 […]

Something Old is New Again: Refining Your Get-up

Being a student of strength means having the courage to challenge habits and biases. Because of its complexity, the get-up offers many opportunities to explore, practice, and improve how we move and express our strength. Director of Education, Brett Jones, offers two get-up refinements: one that improves your body connection and another to avoid a […]

How to Get Stronger With Less Volume and More Focus

Training for the general sake of getting stronger is great. But having a specific goal within a realistic timeframe helps inform your training choices to work smarter, not harder. And smarter often means less. Here is how one strong woman got stronger with smart accessory lifts. Idle Hands Idle hands are the devil’s workshop—this describes […]

How to Sync Your Breathing for More Kettlebell Power

Kettlebell ballistics have very little to do with the kettlebell—and everything to do with how you move your body. When it comes to rhythmically repetitive power work like swings, snatches, and cleans, your best performance comes when you’ve synced your breath to the movement pattern. Better, more athletic swings mean you get more out of your […]

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 […]

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 […]