Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11


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, martial arts, and self-defense.

03:13 – Pavel explains the origins of the hack-squat.

10:20 – Pavel discusses essential equipment for gyms and how old-time strongmen trained.

11:56 – Pavel talks about the usefulness of dumbbells.

17:20 – Pavel presents his new StrongFirst Resilient course.

21:25 – Pavel discusses the essentials of training.

25:00 – Pavel talks about meditation practice and training.

31:07 – Pavel explains cold exposure and fasting.

37:35 – Pavel discusses the challenge of consistency in training.

Tweetable Quotes

It’s not just about the goal, it’s the road that leads to the goal. – Pavel Macek Click To Tweet
It’s about health, strength, moving well, and moving strong. – Pavel Macek Click To Tweet

Resources Mentioned

StrongFirst Resilient


Hack-Squat Tutorial

Pavel Macek’s KB5, a StrongFirst Accredited Gym in Czechia

Simple and Sinister

Naked Warrior

Beyond BodyBuilding

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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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3 thoughts on “Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

  • This was an excellent podcast! I love your accent, Pavel! I was intrigued by your knowledge of history in martial arts in regards to meditation, as well as your background. I look forward to learning more from you. My sincerest and warmest regards.

  • Dear Craig,
    I just listened to the part where you said you have wanted to get into meditation but have had difficulty being able to sit and meditate for a good stretch. I just wanted to recommend the Headspace app. It focuses on trying to do ten minutes daily and combines different focus drills(breathe, sound, feel etc.) to help you learn how to stay in that meditative state. The ten minutes will fly by much faster than you will expect. If you buy the full app there are a lot of specific drills for things like helping you get relaxed for sleep, recover from an anxious state, or even some sports focused drills, however if your goal is just to figure out how to stay focused in meditation for a decent period, the free version teaches you all you need. I hope you give it a try and find it helpful!


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