Podcast Episode #02: Brett Jones

StrongFirst Podcast Episode – 02


In this 2nd episode of “StrongFirst,” the official podcast of the StrongFirst School of Strength, hosts Craig Marker and Scott Iardella interview Brett Jones, Chief SFG Instructor and Director of Education at StrongFirst. Brett has been teaching kettlebells for over 15 years. He discusses the principles of strength, and how it applies to the kettlebell, barbell, and bodyweight exercises.

Show Notes:

    • 01:51 – Brett Jones’ job at StrongFirst is Chief SFG Instructor and Director of Education.
    • 02:52 – Bodyweight courses are about how you manipulate your bodyweight and your leverages.
    • 06:17 – “Power to the People” book by Pavel Tsatsouline became key reading to Brett.
    • 08:04 – Move well enough to adapt to the stresses your body will be placed under when training.
    • 11:09 – The kettlebell is good for moves like get-ups, presses, swings, and snatches.
    • 22:28 – Brett’s training with 10 sets of one kettlebell swings.
    • 27:50 – The tools and skills are scaled and customized to the individual.
    • 32:59 – Nothing replaces having a personal trainer.
    • 34:25 – Proper programming should have you recovering from your training.
    • 40:17 – Plan Strong is a graduate-level course in programming—as intensity goes up, volume goes down.
    • 44:50 –Brett is reading the “The Spinning Magnet” book.
    • 49:10 – There is a plethora of videos, forum community support, articles, instructors, and courses available on the StrongFirst website.

Tweetable Quotes

Bodyweight courses are really about how you manipulate your bodyweight and your leverages in order to train more of a max strength. - Brett Jones. Click To Tweet

Resources Mentioned


ARTICLE: The Perfect Kettlebell Swing: Is There Such a Thing?

Rdella Training Podcast – Scott’s Podcast

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Craig Marker
Craig Marker, Ph.D. CSCS, StrongFirst Certified Senior Instructor Emeritus, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

As a researcher, he understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition. As a psychologist, he has focused on research and treatment of anxiety disorders, which positions him to understand the motivation and the fear of making life changes.

Craig’s upcoming book, the The Antifragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a StrongFirst Certified Elite Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person.

Visit his intentional community in Atlanta: Strength.University.
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6 thoughts on “Podcast Episode #02: Brett Jones

  • This podcast reaffirms why I am at S1 and have adopted these training principles and plan to help others do the same.

    Thanks to Brett, Scott and Craig for doing this.

  • Yes! I have been waiting for this! Great introduction episodes, lot’s of material and questions, Love it! Cannot wait to hear more. I am so glad you guys are expanding, and doing this type of stuff, it helps immensely, and gives new and exciting direction, for those of us that have to wait to get to a course.

  • That was great thank you Brett, Mark and Scott. Very interesting can’t wait for the next one.

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