Plans for Building Powerful Pushups

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article, Strength in Numbers, about my journey towards a set of 100 pushups. I used ’grease the groove’ (GTG) sets regularly throughout my day to achieve a high daily volume. With Pavel’s advice, I added cycles of explosive pushups using Strong Endurance™ principles. I became a sort […]

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 […]

How I Became a World Record Holder

Training for a world record requires grit. Many may approach the challenge preparation by continually pushing for more “burn.” But there is another effective, sustainable, and arguably superior way. Training to avoid (or at least delay) the unfavourable internal conditions that lead to failure or reduced performance. And it doesn’t just work to break records. […]

Introducing the StrongFirst Podcast

We are extremely pleased to launch a new way to GET StrongFirst: our official StrongFirst Podcast, with hosts Craig Marker and Scott Iardella. StrongFirst Podcast Episode – 01 Summary: Introducing the StrongFirst Podcast. In this first episode, Craig and Scott discuss StrongFirst Principles and what you can expect from the new StrongFirst Podcast. Show Notes: 01:05 […]

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.

“Masters of Life and Death” —An Excerpt from The Quick and the Dead

In the South American jungle, a jaguar hunts a prey that bites back, a caiman. In a show of absolute superiority, the cat makes his kill on the dangerous dinner’s turf. The jag jumps into the river and snatches the wriggling toothy reptile by its neck. A caiman or a gator may be fast, but […]

55-Seconds to Kettlebell Snatch Test Success

The (dreaded) snatch test. Five minutes (of suck) that many StrongFirst instructors consider the most stressful in their certifying or recertifying process. But you can set yourself up for success with an excellent preparation program, provided you dial in your technique first and understand some common pitfalls that derail potentially successful attempts. In this article, […]

Podcast Episode #06: Brad Kearns

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #06 Summary: In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, Craig Marker and Brad Kearns discuss Strong Endurance, longevity and escaping carbohydrate dependency. Brad is the co-author of Primal Endurance and The Keto Reset with Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple. Show Notes: This show is unique in that it will be simulcast […]

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.

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.