A Look Inside the StongFirst Lifter (SFL) Barbell Instructor Certification

The lifts, the preparation, the weekend itself, and priceless bits of advice—the barbell and its ultimate instructional experience, the SFL Certification—are demystified.

From Intimidated to Confident and Capable: The Power of Practicing Strength

Everyone starts out a bit weaker and less fit than they want to be. But isn't that the whole point of it? So don't let yourself be intimidated—look forward to the thrilling progress to come.

The StrongFirst “Tools of Titans” Video Companion

To make life easier (regarding searching for info, not practicing), I created a Tools of Titans video companion to cover all the exercises featured in Pavel’s chapter of Tim Ferriss's new book.

The Most Effective Leaders Lead by Example

I believe in a saying that states, “If you are unwilling to be taught, you are unworthy to teach.” So even though I am the one normally instructing at Certifications, I decided to take the SFG Level I as a student this time.

How to Prepare for, Pass, and Get the Most Out of the SFL

Like the SFG, one of the biggest challenges for SFL participants can be figuring out how to prepare. This article is meant to serve as a guide to help you develop a plan to be ready for and get the most out of your SFL experience.

Quarterly Update: Back to the Barbell

Our Chief SFG Instructor and Director of Education is a great person to keep up on—particularly these moments of reflection on his own training and the lessons his insights impart to the rest of us.

Flexible Steel and StrongFirst: Announcing a Partnership

Flexible Steel is a necessary and valuable piece of the training puzzle, a piece people are frequently missing. Imagine the joy of owning the effortless flexibility of a child, while also possessing the strength of an adult.

A Science-Based Plan to Prepare You for the SFG Level I and SFG Level II

This prep guide for the SFG Level I and/or SFG Level II builds your conditioning and strength using Pavel’s latest research. It is a science-based plan backed by Soviet research as well as our own.

My SFG Experience: From Now On, I’m StrongFirst

Beyond the proper execution of movements, through the SFG Level I Certification, I gained confidence in myself. I am now sure I am able to face every challenge that may arise for me in life—inside and outside the gym.

Why I Fell in Love with StrongFirst (and How I Failed the SFG Level I)

As much as it humbled me to not complete the SFG Level I Certification, I learned a lot about life. I learned that strength is not only about being physically strong.