SFG II Kettlebell Certification Requirements

Testing Extensions due to COVID-19

*Student candidates who have attended a recent SFG II certification and are working towards completing testing requirements will have a 3 month additional grace period. To be eligible: original pending skills submission dates must be between March 1 – May 31. [Example: Pending skills due on April 1—have until July 1, 2020 to submit retest videos.]

*Upcoming student candidates who are registered to attend an SFG II certification live during June 1 – September 30 will have the option to submit SFG I & II skill requirements via video 6 months from the last day of the Certification (Sunday date). [Example: Attending Denver SFG II Cert June 28—have until December 28, 2020 to submit SFG I & II skill test videos.]


  • Windmill (3 repetitions per side, with snatch test bell)
  • Bent Press (1 repetition on 1 side with a snatch test bell or heavier)
  • Double Snatch (5 repetitions, with one size down from snatch size bells)
  • Double Push Press (5 repetitions, with snatch test bells)
  • Double Jerk (5 repetitions, with snatch test bells)


You will be tested on your military press strength. Men are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/2 their bodyweight. Women are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/3 their bodyweight. Masters of 50 years of age and older have a separate set of requirements.

Women Women Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 112 16kg
113-126 18kg Up to 122 12kg
127-139 20kg 123-158 16kg
140-152 22kg 159-194 20kg
Over 152 24kg Over 194 24kg
Men Men Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 117 24kg
118-132 28kg Up to 132 20kg
133-150 32kg 133-150 24kg
151-168 36kg 151-168 28kg
169-185 40kg 169-194 32kg
186-203 44kg Over 194 36kg
Over 203 48kg


  • Chalk is allowed. Supportive gear of any sort (lifting belts, wrist wraps, etc.) is not.
  • Performance of the press with one arm is sufficient.
  • The student must clean the kettlebell.
  • The student and the kettlebell shall pause motionless before the press.
  • The fist of the pressing hand must be below chin level before the start of the press.
  • Once the kettlebell is in the rack, the knees must stay locked and the feet planted until the student has locked out the press.
  • There may be no downward movement of the kettlebell after the pause in the rack.
  • A minimal back bend is allowed but may not increase in the course of the press.
  • A moderate side bend is allowed.
  • The student may not roll the kettlebell onto the shoulder and press from there.
  • The student shall press the kettlebell overhead until the elbow is locked and pause motionless until the instructor’s ”Down!” command.
  • The student may lower the kettlebell in any safe manner of his choice.


Currently certified SFG I instructors will retest the following skills with snatch test size kettlebells:
  • Swing (10 repetitions each side)
  • Double Clean (5 repetitions)
  • Press (5 repetitions each side)
  • Double Front Squat (5 repetitions)
  • Snatch (5 repetitions each side)
  • Get up (1 repetition per side)


  • The standard Level I snatch test.

SFG I Weights

Weight Kettlebell Snatch Test
Men Open Class Over 100kg/221lb 28kg 100/5min
Men Open Class Over 68kg/150lb and below 100kg/221lb 24kg 100/5min
Men Open Class Up to 68kg/150lb 20kg 100/5min
Men Masters (50-64 years old) 20kg 100/5min
Men Seniors (65+ years old) 20kg 50/3min
Women Open Class Up to 59kg/130lb 12kg 100/5min
Women Open Class Over 59kg/130lb 16kg 100/5min
Women Masters (50-64 years old) 12kg 100/5min
Women Seniors (65+ years old) 12kg 50/3min

Consistent with the SFG Level I certification, you will have to meet the following criteria in order to become an SFG Level II Instructor:

  1. Exhibit safe and efficient technique in the Level II and in the Level I skills.
  2. Demonstrate good judgment, especially concerning safety.
  3. Show a strong spirit.
  4. Demonstrate effective teaching skills.
  5. Pass the strength test.
  6. Pass the snatch test.
  7. Abide by the StrongFirst Code.


Those who fail the strength test will be given six months to retest with a Master or Senior Instructor, or their Team Leader.

Those who fail any skills or the snatch test will have 90 days/3 months to retest with their Team Leader.

Your SFG II Instructor certificate will not be issued until you have passed all the tests. If you have passed the Level I tests, your Level I certificate will be renewed for two years.


In rare cases a highly accomplished, national, or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. The same exemption is available for veteran military, law enforcement, and first responders. These exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests for a testing exemption can be sent here.