I Was 21: An Excerpt from A Glimpse in the Rear View

My most vivid workout memories are set against the backdrop of the Muscle Beach Gym of the early 1960s. This famous, beloved relic, once located on the unspoiled shores of Santa Monica, was relocated by the persuasion of the city council to the creepy underground basement of a collapsing retirement hotel four blocks inland. The […]

The Critical Difference Breathing Can Make in the Snatch Test

We often revert to our training when competing. Therefore, we must practice proper breathing under extreme circumstances in order to get better at it and have it become what feels most natural.

No Plan B: Make the Decision to Be Strong

When you make a decision, you cut away all options except for the one you are pursuing. You make a commitment and take action. So what are the decisions you need to make for successful strength training?

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.

4 Essential Mental Tools for Passing the SFG Level I Cert

If you’ve signed up for the SFG Level I Cert, or are considering it, then read this article, put the tools to work, and know you can and will pass your test.

The “Secret” to Success: Visualization

Visualization may sound “woo-woo” to some, but not to those who have their sights set on meaningful goals and quality training. I strongly believe if your mindset isn’t right, then your training will suffer.

An Ounce of Injury Prevention Is Worth a Kilogram of Cure

Since this is StrongFirst and principles are our foundation, our approach to injury prevention also needs to be principle based. Here are the ten most important things to do as part of your training to minimize your risk.

The Dangers of Circumducitur Cervicalis Syndrome and How to Prevent It

This not very well known condition is actually quite prevalent in our society today. People of all ages suffer from it without realizing, and once a person is afflicted with this condition, it is difficult to overcome.

Zen and the Art of Barbell Training

Recently, a friend asked me what it was like to perform a max-effort lift. The closest parallel I could come up with was my time living and training at a Zen meditation center.

I Failed the SFG Level II Strength Test

I failed the SFG Level II strength test. And what I eventually realized was that passing the test had nothing to do with my physical strength.