Kettlebell Training for the Fire Service

I first became aware of kettlebell training in 2000 and began using them two years later, when I recognized their ability to make people more powerful and flexible. One of my driving forces was finding ways to fix my own shoulder issues, and when I saw the true potential of kettlebells firsthand, I knew this […]

Pregnancy and Training: Yes but Stay Inside the Line

“Don’t train. Be careful! You shouldn’t do that!” Those were the most common pieces of well-intentioned “advice” I heard during my two pregnancies. While I appreciated people’s concern for my and my baby’s well-being, I was annoyed at the sheer volume of poor information available and being spread about the importance of staying active and […]

The Timeless Solution for Swings, Snatches, and More

“Time is the school in which we learn, time is the fire in which we all burn.” —Delmore Schwartz Density Training Eighteen years ago, when I began my kettlebell journey, I also started relying on the clock to manage my training. Specific work-to-rest ratios were my foundation. When renowned wrestling and strength coach Ethan Reeve […]

Ride the Wave: How to Program for Progress

If training consistently is the foundation of results, does that mean doing the same thing over and over? If you want to keep making progress, at some point you’ll need to make changes to your program, but what, when and how much? Brett Jones takes the mystery out of adding variety to your training. If […]

Podcast Episode #22: Jon Engum

 StrongFirst Podcast Episode #22 Summary 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 […]

The “Revolver” Kettlebell Program

The revolver of the old West had six revolving chambers each holding a ballistic round of instant karma. The legendary six-gun or Colt Single Action Army Revolver, was the handgun of choice of many of the gunslingers of the American wild West. Be they bandits, outlaws, or lawmen, everyone relied on the six-shooter and the […]

Angles and Arches—Using the Floor to Strengthen Your Press

Our most recent program at Queensland Kettlebells has included a lot of floor presses, with good reason. If you haven’t encountered the floor press before, think of it as a bench press performed on the ground. Although the two lifts are similar, the floor press requires a few technical adjustments and also offers some new […]

Swinging for the Fences and Driving the Greens—Training Baseball and Golf Pros

If you’ve ever encountered StrongFirst Certified Team Leader Jimmy Yuan at a certification or event, you’ll probably remember him as the good-natured joker whose wicked sense of humor livens up any room he walks into. This belies the fact that Jimmy is also a highly dedicated professional who is not only a fully qualified chiropractor, […]

The SFG Clock—A Guide for the Swing, Clean, and Snatch

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” George Harrison Over my years as a coach, I have seen many people demonstrate a variety of kettlebell movements with differing degrees of success. Perhaps they are unaware of the mechanically advantageous groove for a movement, or they’ve just never really appreciated […]

Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11 Summary 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 […]