April 21, 2016Just like any movement or lift you'll encounter in the gym, getting yourself into a proper head space more strongly and consistently starts with practice. And you know what the first step toward a better mental practice is?
March 10, 2016You have probably heard of "Pavlov's dogs." But did you know the work of famous Russian scientist Ivan Pavlov might have a powerful application to your training?
November 24, 2015I do not use the kettlebell to train. I train to become the kettlebell. Let me explain the strength of this goal.
August 28, 2014I’ve never met a strong man or woman with a weak mind, and in fact, I believe our physical strength starts by building a strong mind. Here's how.
December 31, 2013If you are reading this blog, you are strong, or at least on your way to strong. Do not let it go to your head. Let your conduct inspire the weak to be strong.
March 24, 2016When I was twenty, I was arrested and sentenced to an eight-year prison term. In that unlikeliest of places, I found inspiration and a journey to something better through StrongFirst.
January 5, 2016I learned a lesson about life and training that I would like to pass along. It comes from the book that made the greatest impression on me last year: "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi.
May 12, 2015As I work and observe the broad range of personalities and athleticism at my school, Five Points Academy here in New York City, I’ve come to view strength training as something like an iceberg. There’s the part you see above the surface — the sweat, the occasional cussing — and then there’s everything else. It was […]
July 1, 2014My goal is to instill respect in an all-out strength effort as an act of mental toughness every bit in the league with an exhausting race. And to remind you the meaning of respect, period.
November 18, 2013Our pear-shaped kids are old men and women in young people’s bodies. They bring the timidity of the old age into the age when one is supposed to drink life out of a fire hose.