Podcast Episode #22: Jon Engum

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #22


Jon Engum, StrongFirst Master Instructor, joins your host, Craig Marker, to talk about martial arts, flexible steel drills, his new book Trembling Shock, and the Dome of Strength in Chicago. Jon and Craig will also discuss training people in different cultures.

Show Notes

01:45 – Discussion of cold exposure in Minnesota.

02:52 – Discussion of Jon’s background in martial arts and flexibility and his martial arts credentials.

06:05 – How Jon has integrated kettlebells into martial artists.

10:36 – How the kettlebell changes explosiveness.

13:15 – The premise of Jon’s book Trembling Shock which includes the whole first year of training.

16:14 – A breakdown of the Flexible Steel program—you want to be flexible and strong at the same time.

18:54 – Why someone might want to do Flexible Steel if they’re not a martial artist.

26:10 – Why Jon believes that happiness is lifting things overhead.

29:30 – The Dome of Strength event.

34:46 – The cross-cultural teaching differences Jon has encountered-

42:00 – Why students should go to different events than their teachers.

Key Points:

  • With a kettlebell, you get all the benefits of plyometric training without any impact on your joints.
  • Find your weakness and vow to make that your strength.
  • The combination of stiffness and relaxation carries over to any sport you could do.

Tweetable Quotes

You don’t know the whole StrongFirst system until you’ve gone through every branch.-- Jon Engum Click To Tweet We need to be more about the knowledge, I want to learn more, not just chase paper.”  -- Jon Engum Click To Tweet

Resources Mentioned

Dome of Strength in April in Chicago: SFG I, SFG II, SFL, SFB

Trembling Shock: Strength & Conditioning Guide for Martial Athletes & Coaches

Flexible Steel: An Insider’s Guide to Ultimate Flexibility

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Craig Marker
Ph.D., Elite Instructor
Craig Marker, Ph.D. and CSCS, 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 Fragility Vaccine, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

As a certified StrongFirst Certified Elite Instructor, Craig views kettlebells as one tool in the trade of forging a better person. He uses the Functional Movement Screen and multiple corrective movements to make sure his students are performing at their best for the rest of their lives.

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One thought on “Podcast Episode #22: Jon Engum

  • You say “thanks guys for listening!!!!!”
    Thank you for teaching!!!!!!

    It’s been a pleasure to listen to such a lecture, such a different approach towards strength!

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