Simple Strength for Difficult Times: An 8-Week Progressive Plan

These are difficult times for everyone. The COVID-19 emergency has already forced home half of the world, and it’s rapidly spreading. In January 2020, the infection seemed to be circumscribed in China. But within a month, it reached the rest of Asia, then the Middle East, Italy, and finally the rest of Europe. To date, […]

How Heavy Clubs Eliminate Weakness, Build Strength, and Complement Kettlebells

From winning a jiu-jitsu world championship, to serving in the Italian Army, to running close protection security for diplomats and dignitaries, Alberto Gallazzi knows how to handle himself. Over the past decade, Alberto has passed such knowledge on to others through a combat-specific curriculum developed by his security and training company, Secutor, and as TacFit […]

Five Energy Leaks to Plug so Your Strength Gains Flow

As we continue our pursuit of strength, we are regularly threatened by a stealthy nemesis that rears its head between us and our goals. Lying dormant from the very beginning of our journey, this common enemy waits patiently for the perfect moment to strike—just as we think we are going to progress and often, costing […]

What Is Your Strength’s Purpose?

We believe that strength has a greater purpose—and that purpose goes far beyond the ability to lift weight or move loads. Being physically strong is great. Especially when you consider the alternative. Being weak is less appealing. But the importance of strength shows itself when it transcends what you do in the gym. The strength […]

How to Get Stronger With Less Volume and More Focus

Training for the general sake of getting stronger is great. But having a specific goal within a realistic timeframe helps inform your training choices to work smarter, not harder. And smarter often means less. Here is how one strong woman got stronger with smart accessory lifts. Idle Hands Idle hands are the devil’s workshop—this describes […]

Running Without Running: Training For A Half-Marathon When You Have A Full Schedule

Smart runners know a little strength training goes a long way to helping improve performance and reduce risk of injury. Smart coaches know sport-specific training should be built on a foundation of good movement. Anyone who has tackled the StrongFirst snatch test knows you can improve cardio endurance with resistance training. Could a program combining […]

Strength for Life’s Fights

Life happens. It can be unpredictable and hard, and extremely satisfying. For many of us, training is a big part of our lives. But training does not equal reality. And while we can’t always train for life’s fights, we can train skills that will help us rise up to the challenges it brings. Very few […]

The Specificity-Transfer Trade-off

Specificity and transfer are two of the most important considerations for any strength and conditioning program. If you don’t consider both of these variables carefully, you are not really programming at all. Specificity refers to the principle that you get specific adaptations to imposed demands (often referred to as the SAID principle). You get better […]

Podcast Episode #21: Dr. Stu McGill

Dr. Stu McGill joins the show for a second time to talk about breathing and when to use what kind of breathing. Dr. McGill also talks to your host Craig Marker about picking up odd objects, wedging, and getting strong with power breathing.

Press Stronger NOW with the Kettlebell Pull Press

We all want a stronger kettlebell press. Boosting your strength baseline makes everything else, everything before, relatively easier. But strength isn’t just about your muscles: it’s about your brain. So finding and using principles, techniques and drills that unlock your ability to better express the strength that you do have is something to strive for. […]