January 14, 2021In June 2003, I was injured during my apprenticeship to become a truck driver. An 830kg stone, the size of an oak barrel, fell from my truck and hit me on my lower back as I was standing leaning forward. The result was three broken vertebrae, a broken pelvis, and both legs broken all the […]
March 19, 2020The get-up is one of those all-encompassing exercises that covers several bases. If you’ve seen anyone go from lying supine on the ground (on their back) and moving up to standing, they’ve essentially performed a variation of the get-up. Granted, the “get-up” you saw might not have been done in the exact way we teach […]
December 18, 2018In simple terms, proprioception is the sense of knowing where you are and what you are doing. And the get-up is the perfect pattern to help train and challenge it. But with so many moving parts and our eyes on the load overhead, it’s hard to know—to really know—if we’ve stacked the load optimally. Good […]
September 18, 2018“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.” —Marshall McLuhan Our “tools” could be looked at as our implement (a kettlebell, for example), the exercise we select, our program, or how we use the tool to mold us. Multipurpose tools have become a mainstay in our lives. We “shaped” the multipurpose tool to […]
April 24, 2018If you are a physical therapist—or a patient of one—this is an absolutely crucial read. It covers a lot of ground with regard to effective and responsible patient rehab utilizing StrongFirst kettlebell principles, so be sure to bookmark it for later reference.
January 5, 2021“If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.” This caption for a New Yorker cartoon nails the “FOMO” mentality of a “workout of the day.” Then why, might you ask, is StrongFirst jumping on the bandwagon and introducing its own “WOD”? Please read on. The biological law of accommodation states that the response of an […]
January 29, 2019Regardless of their sport, high-level athletes have an astonishing ‘gift’ of making the most complex moves look easy. How? With years of practice. Learning how to balance and coordinate internal forces to deliver, or access, the power, strength, agility, and quickness they need at the exact right moment for ultimate performance. And that comes from […]
November 27, 2018Being a student of strength means having the courage to challenge habits and biases. Because of its complexity, the get-up offers many opportunities to explore, practice, and improve how we move and express our strength. Director of Education, Brett Jones, offers two get-up refinements: one that improves your body connection and another to avoid a […]
August 7, 2018I recently attended a conference and watched a presentation by a highly respected clinician and researcher who specializes in chiropractic and neuro physiology. He works very hard to show the link between movement of the joints and what happens at the brain level. His research dives deep into pain and inflammation, along with keeping joints […]
March 19, 2018One of our Team Leaders recently broke new ground—her goal was to complete "Sinister" with the 36kg bell, which is 60% of her bodyweight. This is how she did it.