The Specificity-Transfer Trade-off

Specificity and transfer are two of the most important considerations for any strength and conditioning program. If you don’t consider both of these variables carefully, you are not really programming at all. Specificity refers to the principle that you get specific adaptations to imposed demands (often referred to as the SAID principle). You get better […]

Podcast Episode #10: Chris Chapman

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #10 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Chris Chapman, Director of Sport Science at Push. Chris discusses strategies to optimize power in your kettlebell swing with velocity based training. Show Notes 00:49 About Chris Chapman. 01:23 Chris describes how his background in athletic training […]

The 37-Second Knockout: Building a Boxer’s Ferocious Comeback

The creative and research-driven programming by Pavel Tsatsouline and Fabio Zonin that prepared me for a boxing comeback—even while protecting a broken thumb.

How StrongFirst’s Endurance Protocols Can Improve Your Ski Season

Would you like to get in a few more ski runs? Or a few more miles on your hike? Read on to learn more about StrongFirst Endurance protocols and how to apply them to your training.

A StrongFirst Approach to Obstacle Course Race Training

We are StrongFirst, and we have strength training and metabolic conditioning down compared to the average Joe. But if we want to be competitive in OCR, we need to get sport specific.

Podcast Episode #20: Carmen Bott

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #20 Summary Professor Carmen Bott is a strength and conditioning coach from Vancouver, British Columbia who specializes in physical preparation for combative and collision sports athletes. Show Notes 00:56 – Coach Bott talks about her history and how she got into the sports science space. 02:41 – Coach Bott’s thesis on […]

Podcast Episode #08: Dr. Judd Biasiotto

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #08 Summary: In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Dr. Judd Biasiotto, sports psychologist and author of The Search for Greatness, about going from dead last in powerlifting meets to setting world records, and the mindset that helped him overcome many challenges. Many of his challenges […]

How to Use StrongFirst for Successful GORUCK Prep

By following StrongFirst principles, I did not have to sacrifice my strength to achieve a prominent level of endurance. Here's how I trained for my successful GORUCK experience.

Steve Milles Speaks on the Real-World Value of the StrongFirst Combat Course

Just over a year since its debut, StrongFirst Combat has already created a buzz. We could think of no better person to give you the low-down on the course than former professional fighter Steve Miles.

Lessons from the Hockey Life: Remembering Gordie Howe

I grew up in professional hockey dressing rooms since I was about two years of age. This lifestyle meant I got to see how men of character related to each other — men like Gordie Howe.