An Explanation of the Athletic Hip Hinge

Why the hinge? Because it is without a doubt the biggest bang for the buck you can get in the athletic world on every level: strength, power, resilience, health, corrective. And the more you own it, the more you get back.

When StrongFirst Meets Circus: How Plan Strong Helped Us Win Silver in Moscow

The principles of deliberate practice and desirable difficulties are widely researched and relevant to a range of sports. I will demonstrate their applicability to the field of circus performance, by way of a StrongFirst program.

The 2 Most Common Errors in Kettlebell Swing Set-up

Just like the set-up for any skill, the set-up for the swing is critical. Before the hike, we need to be in proper position for the hike. This attention to detail will allow you to begin and end each set powerfully and safely.

Practice vs. Performance: The Mentality of the Old-Time Strongmen

Attempting a maximal lift in front of a crowd for a show is the move of an amateur. Run “wide open” all the time and something will break. The thing that breaks ain’t gonna be a record.

The Similarities Between Kettlebell and Firearms Training

I’ve been training with kettlebells since 2005. I’ve been doing firearms training even longer. My experience with both led me to the conclusion that there are a lot of similarities between the two.

How I Achieved a 3x Bodyweight Deadlift (and You Can Increase Your Deadlift, Too)

A few years ago, my deadlift was at a crossroads. I decided to use StrongFirst principles to guide a simplified training approach. Here's what I did and how you, too, can increase your deadlift.

How to Build a Skill: Using the Get-up to Develop the Press

It’s likely you’ve read dozens of articles on the get-up, how to do the get-up, and what effect you can create with it. That's all fine, but let me share the special reason that I do the get-up.

One Good Rep: How to Perform the Perfect Push-up

Done correctly, the push-up will give you great strength gains and can be done anywhere at any time. But first, we need to make sure you can do one great repetition.

How to Get the Most Out of Earning Your SFG

Here are five suggestions for continuing the momentum you built in the course of earning your SFG Level I Certification. Follow these and keep improving!

To Be StrongFirst: What It Does and Does Not Mean

It is not about the kettlebell, barbell, or pull-up bar. It is about the one thing they have in common: strength. I cannot be strong for you. Only you can do that. However, I can show you the means.