Simplify your Strength Programming Using Die-Rolled Variability

What is the best plan for any strength or fitness goal? It’s the one that you will consistently follow. A reasonable program done consistently will deliver better results than a masterminded one that you can’t stick to. Simplifying your programming gives you more time to focus on the doing.  Author Arryn Grogan shares his simple […]

A Look Inside the StongFirst Lifter (SFL) Barbell Instructor Certification

The lifts, the preparation, the weekend itself, and priceless bits of advice—the barbell and its ultimate instructional experience, the SFL Certification—are demystified.

Let’s Get Lateral

The kettlebell swing alone may cover a great percentage of a human's athletic needs, but those who participate in activities that require good lateral motion, strength and stability can benefit from sprinkling in some lateral variations—such as the side-stepping swing and goblet lunge.

Beyond Sinister

One 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.

Understanding Why “Less Is More” with Anti-Glycolytic Training

Anti-glycolytic training protocols are like they sound—training approaches that avoid relying on the glycolytic system. It can be extremely helpful to understand the science behind why these protocols are so effective.

Barbell BDSM: the Secret Marathon Training and Recovery Strategy

With August upon us, members of the StrongFirst community from the New York City area and elsewhere have already begun their preparations for the 2018 New York City Marathon. Wait a minute. That can’t be right! Marathon training inevitably cannibalizes muscle and leads to a loss of strength. I’m not entirely sure, but I think […]

Data for the Data-Averse

Your fitness is a result—not of the work you perform—but of the work you recover from. The research suggests shorter sets with limited drop-off of power and velocity, with sufficient rest—for a lower biological cost. And this is how to measure it.

Your Conditioning Program Does Not Have to be Sport-Specific

What if we told you your "workouts" don't need to precisely mimic the conditioning demands of your sport or event—and that they may even be counterproductive to your performance at that event? Conditioning science to the rescue.

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.

Sinister, Occam’s Razor, and 2018

How does StrongFirst's Director of Education and Chief SFG Instructor plan out his training for the coming year? Here's a peek behind the curtain, of one of the smartest minds in strength.