Simple Strength for Difficult Times: An 8-Week Progressive Plan

These are difficult times for everyone. The COVID-19 emergency has already forced home half of the world, and it’s rapidly spreading. In January 2020, the infection seemed to be circumscribed in China. But within a month, it reached the rest of Asia, then the Middle East, Italy, and finally the rest of Europe. To date, […]

Forging a New Path to “Functional” Hypertrophy

If there’s anyone who walks the functional hypertrophy talk, it is StrongFirst Executive Consultant, Fabio Zonin. Not only has he competed at the highest level in natural bodybuilding and powerlifting, he was the first Italian to best the Beast Tamer Challenge and become a Master StrongFirst Certified Instructor. Plus, he was a Master Teacher for […]

How to Win the TSC? With this Program

Co-authored by Ryan Toshner Participant registration is now open for this spring’s Tactical Strength Challenge on May 9. Register here. In our previous article, we laid out the most common snatch, pullup, and deadlift technique and tactic flaws that leave a lot of TSC performance potential under-realized. And because our goal is to see people […]

Ace your Snatch Test Training Plan

“The Snatch Test”—these words elicit “pure joy” for anyone who is preparing for their SFG or SFG II certifications. They tend to raise one’s blood pressure, increase their heart rate, and make their respiratory rate start to flutter. Brett Jones has a wonderful and very effective way to train for the snatch test. And just […]

Avoid Common Deadlift, Pull-Up, and Snatch Mistakes to Own your TSC

Co-authored by Ryan Toshner The TSC is StrongFirst’s bi-annual strength challenge, where participants put their training pedal to the competition metal. Judged on performance while adhering to solid lifting technique, the upcoming TSC is the perfect opportunity to focus your training on new goals—learning to lift, beating a previous personal best, or ascending the podium. […]

Pregnancy and Training: Yes but Stay Inside the Line

“Don’t train. Be careful! You shouldn’t do that!” Those were the most common pieces of well-intentioned “advice” I heard during my two pregnancies. While I appreciated people’s concern for my and my baby’s well-being, I was annoyed at the sheer volume of poor information available and being spread about the importance of staying active and […]

Getting Brutally Strong with Double Kettlebells in Kettlebell STRONG!

Kettlebell STRONG!’s goal is to get you brutally strong with a pair of kettlebells and one expertly executed exercise: the Clean and Press. Minimalism at its finest. Written some seven years ago by Geoff Neupert, former Master StrongFirst Certified Instructor, Kettlebell STRONG! is now offered through our StrongFirst online training platform. From SFG II candidates […]

PUSH Bands, Knee Injuries, and…Boink?

I recently had my eighth surgery and I am neither proud nor am I ashamed of this. In fact, while nobody would consider such a thing to be “good” at first, I’ve actually learned a lot about myself, holes in my training game, and new ways to run diagnostics on my kettlebell practice during the […]

The Quick and the Dead vs Strong Endurance™—What is the Difference?

Russian coach, Andrey Kozhurkin, made an observation on the two diametrically opposed philosophies of stimulating adaptation. The traditional one is pushing to the limit: “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” The alternative is to train to “avoid (or at least delay) the unfavorable internal conditions… that lead to failure,” or reduced performance. [...]

Power and Rhythm in the Kettlebell Swing

“Music is the silence between the notes.” Claude Debussy Like a bar of music, a kettlebell swing has points we aim to hit on different beats. The difference between a messy, choppy swing and one that is powerful and graceful, lies in its rhythm. When looking at a swing or other ballistic drills, it can […]