Fall 2018 TSC Results

Ladies 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 […]

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. […]

The Origins of the Dead Swing

Dead Swing. Power Swing. Hike-Swing-Park. “Rif” Swing. Whatever you choose to call it, this single repetition kettlebell swing should be in your training toolbox. It’s equally fantastic as a corrective drill, a teaching tool for a great KB swing start, a method to develop max power for each rep of a swing, and an evil […]

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 […]

Why Kettlebells are Needed for Barbell Training

When 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 […]

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 […]

Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Pavel Macek, Senior StrongFirst instructor, StrongFirst Accredited Gym Owner, trainer of high-level MMA fighters, developer of the new StrongFirst Resilient workshop, and historian of strength culture. Show Notes 01:28 – Pavel shares his background in strength, […]

Podcast Episode #07: Derek Toshner

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #07 Summary: In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, Craig Marker talks with Senior StrongFirst Instructor, Derek Toshner about endurance and winning the Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC). Derek is best known for dominating the TSC, a three exercise competition: A max powerlifting deadlift (three attempts); Pull ups for max reps (palms […]

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 […]

Hand Care 101

If you're swinging or snatching a kettlebell on the regular, the condition of your hands (and their inevitable callouses) can't be ignored. Here are the tried and true tactics for keeping them in great shape.