SFG I Kettlebell Certification Testimonials

Hands down the best certification that is available. This is how you teach individuals to move and create strength based on those movements.

Drew Massey, S&C coach, Columbia, TN

I was told this experience would change my life and it did every bit of that. It instilled a spirit of strength that I was unsure I had in me. I am proud to say I’m StrongFirst.

Anne Casstevens, trainer, Salt Lake City, UT

Game changer. An intense weekend physically, mentally, and emotionally.

James Demuynck, strength coach, White Rock, BC, Canada

What I learned here will change how I train, which will benefit my health and wellbeing for the rest of my life. Best instructors I’ve ever worked with.

Michael Easter, reporter for Men’s Health

This experience was incredible. My mind was exploding with information and ideas after this weekend.

Kristin Cox, trainer, Virginia Beach, VA

Standards set this cert apart. You get a cert just for participating in many other certs—they don’t often hold their instructors to a high standard the way StrongFirst does.

Cody Hidler, manager/trainer, Salt Lake City, UT

A life-changing weekend in every way imaginable. I can’t describe how much I needed this.

Laryn Toups, personal trainer, The Woodlands, TX

Invaluable. I found a family and calling I didn’t realize was looking for me. The whole weekend has empowered me to show others a greater purpose of strength.

Mike Lindner, personal trainer, St. Peters, MO

This was an incredible experience. I signed up for this not really believing that I could do it and did not think I would enjoy it. But I met awesome people, I learned a ton, and am very proud to be able to say that I completed this challenge and look forward to practicing what I’ve been taught. The StrongFirst community is amazing. I didn’t meet anyone in attendance who wasn’t here to learn as much as possible. The leadership is absolutely fantastic, and they all have so much knowledge and are so eager to share. The integrity of the StrongFirst community has inspired me to continue helping people to the best of my ability and to keep learning as much as possible.

Courtenay Epperson, trainer, Tucson, AZ

This was hands down one of the best weekends of my life. I’ve never learned so much, worked so hard, and had as much fun in three short days. I loved everything about it. Worth every penny.

Justin Perun, personal trainer, Bellevue, WA

I was blown away by all of the knowledge, strength, and awesomeness that surrounded me.

Gina Barletta, Physician Assistant, Nashville, TN

Amazing, impactful. It accelerated my development as a coach, trainer and as a person. It is an experience that you feel you have physically, emotionally, and spiritually changed from. The instructors were unbelievable. I will forever be indebted to their wisdom and value these friendships.

Corey Beavin, performance enhancement specialist, Columbia, MD

A wild ride… unlike anything I have ever experienced. It’s strange to be pushed mentally and physically and to love every second of it.

Ben Carroll, S&C coach, Westerly, RI

This has been a game-changing experience for me. Not only for my own training but for my coaching skills as well. The leadership, the camaraderie and the bonds that are made cannot be found anywhere else.

Anthony Renna, gym owner, White Plains, NY

A life experience I will cherish.

Russ Moon, Richmond, VA

10 years of making mistake after mistake has led me towards the beginning of a new chapter in a community of those committed to raising the bar for fitness professionals and coaches. The manual is a goldmine, and the weekend taught me the literacy required to sift through to find the gold. It has given me a better set of tools to expand my offerings as a trainer: to condense my schedule so I can spend more time with my family; all without sacrificing the success of my students. It is very clear that StrongFirst is committed to teaching teaching. Rather than categorical expertise alone, the instructors here are quality educators, not just subject experts. Thank you for setting a high water mark in the industry.

Mark Reinke, director of personal training, Richmond, VA

This weekend was a transformational experience for me. I am a better instructor, athlete, and man for attending.

Tanner Martty, gym owner, Los Angeles, CA

As a Crossfit coach, I worry about the safety of my students when teaching kettlebells. I feel much more confident and prepared with cues that will make my students more safe and efficient.

Shana Barry, Crossfit coach, Redondo Beach, CA

Really, really high standards. I was nervous about passing, but the instructors are the reason I passed and learned as much as I did. They were all sincerely interested in my success.

Josef Brandenburg, gym owner, Washington DC

An incredible experience. Unlike anything else out there.

Jerry Trubman, gym owner, Tucson, AZ

Arguably the most challenging experience of my adult life. I’ve learned so much about perseverance and presupposed limitations, as well as a greater knowledge on how to encourage strength within and around me. I am so grateful for this experience.

Spartacus Jones, Grass Valley, CA

Amazing! One of the most rewarding and challenging events of my life.

Angela Willis, Thousand Oaks, CA

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Two words: life changing. The instructors taught me more about myself and how I move than I had learned over 16 years of strength coaching. Thank you all for putting me on a journey of strength that has truly changed my perspective on life and training.

Jason Williams, strength coach, Bay Point, CA

I came in with high expectations, but I was blown away.

Zac Zech, Great Falls, MT

Every bit as intense and physically and mentally taxing as I expected. I learned so much that words can barely describe it. All I can say is SFG is where it’s at! This is the real deal, and anyone who wants to be taken seriously in the fitness industry should go for it.

Kevin Rail, personal trainer, Park City, UT

An incredible weekend of instruction. I knew StrongFirst had a great program, but the attitudes, expertise, and teamwork shown by the instructors was amazing.

Adam Campbell, Fitness Director for Men’s Health

Exhilarating. Life-changing. I found strength I didn’t know I had.

Suzanne Baldwin, Conroe, TX

Somehow it was greater than I expected. Within 20 minutes I already knew it was worth the price of admission! This system turned a 15-year-old boy who just wanted a six-pack into an athlete with a much higher purpose. He went from workouts and programs that changed every week to discipline and principles that will last a lifetime. While I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and more of an athlete than I ever imagined I could possibly be, this system has a far deeper purpose for me, and the habits I have learned from this training has carried over to every other area of my life.

Connor Peterson, Salt Lake City, UT

One of the toughest, yet most rewarding challenges of my professional life. And, as an introvert, I had one of the very few opportunities to feel that I belong. I made some great friends this weekend and look forward to my next StrongFirst challenge.

Jill Mahurin, Raeford, NC

SFG is the best of the best!! The experience was unreal and will be a memory burnt into my mind forever. This is a turning point in my life and my coaching.

Brian Myers, gym owner, Amarillo, TX

I have never experienced anything like it before! I have learned 1000x more than I have at any other cert! I am so glad I chose the SFG.

Ashley Maseda, Suffolk, VA

Beyond what I expected—it was physical, mental, and spiritual. This knowledge will allow me to do things at 50 that I could not do at age 30.

Pat Bittner, Evansville, IN

A life-changing experience.

Patrick Rufo, fitness trainer, Philadelphia, PA

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. I have not felt such a sense of accomplishment since earning my medical degree.

Lilibeth Sanchez-Geswaldo, surgeon and trainer, Albuquerque, NM

One of the greatest moments in my life. I’ve been blessed to accomplish a lot of things in my athletics, but very few have made me more proud than my StrongFirst experience.

Lamar Reed, MMA fighter, Modesto, CA

I am Crossfit certified, but there are real standards in this certification which made it truly an honor to be accepted into the StrongFirst family.

Josh McKinley, former MLB player, Denver, CO