Greasing the Groove, Explained: The Power of Frequent, Perfect, Sub-Maximal (Easy) Reps

Grease-the-groove (GTG) is an extremely effective (and popular) strength-building method—particularly for those who wish to increase their strength without adding more muscle. But although the practice is "easy", it must be done throughout the day and it must be perfect. Here's how and why it works.

StrongFirst Instructors and the Obligation of Quality

As coaches, we are uniquely positioned to have a singular impact on the fitness-consuming public. We are nonconformists dedicated to the principle that the pursuit of quality is its own best reward.

Quality a Mile Deep: A Strength Program Based on Skillful Practice

I have put together a strength program based on two of Pavel's principles. You will focus on building quality, then quantity. The result is building some solid strength a mile deep.

15 Years and 15 Observations

I signed up for Pavel’s second-ever workshop in February of 2002 and my first kettlebell arrived in time for Christmas 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. But what have I observed in those fifteen years?

The Pursuit of Mastery: Setting the Right Goal Can Be the Key

As students of strength, it’s safe to say we’re all chasing some sort of goal. This article will examine the goal-setting process and challenge you to compare the usefulness of performance-based versus mastery-based goals.

Why Failure Is the Opportunity to Learn and the Key to Progress

We not only show, but teach professional failure in the SFG Level I Certification. This is how important is to fail—as a professional. Real failure is not something we teach.

The 3 Cs of Kettlebell Ownership

Understanding what exactly is meant when we talk about "owning a kettlebell" will assist in your journey toward greater strength—and bigger bells.

Even Stronger: 2017 Leadership Promotions

The true leaders of the StrongFirst Community are the SFG Leadership. So it is my honor and privilege to announce our latest round of promotions.

The 2 Most Common Military Press Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Here are the two most common mistakes I see in heavy military press attempts, and the three strategies you can use to improve your technique—and, therefore, your performance.

Looking Back to Move Forward: New Planning for the New Year

It's time to consider our New Year’s resolutions and our dreams for the coming year. Instead of relying on the mystical attribute of “will power,” learn from your previous attempts and create a plan that addresses the weak links.