From the Battlefield to Back Injury to Beast Tamer: Ollie Quinn’s Kettlebell Journey

Have you ever seen one of the “Army Strong” commercials? Well in the UK, there’s no stronger or more capable military unit than the Royal Marines (even though they’d be quick to point out that technically they’re part of the British Royal Navy, not the Army.) Entry into this elite commando group requires making it […]

Absolute Strength Is the True Master Quality

Relative strength is impressive, but it is absolute strength that has the effect of allowing all other attributes to become greater. So if you ask me for training advice, then I’ll probably ask you, “How much can you pull?”

10 Things I Learned in 10 Years as a Kettlebell Instructor

Here are ten things I’ve learned in the past ten years as a kettlebell instructor. Some points are specific to being an instructor, some are for trainers in general, but all of these points should be useful to the student of strength.

Lifting Stones: The Value to the Modern Trainee

I became fascinated with lifting stones when I read an article about a man in New Zealand not much bigger than me - who was lifting stones over 400 pounds.

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.

Podcast Episode #11: Pavel Macek

StrongFirst Podcast Episode #11 Summary In this episode of the StrongFirst Podcast, your host Craig Marker talks with Pavel Macek, Senior StrongFirst instructor, StrongFirst Accredited Gym Owner, trainer of high-level MMA fighters, developer of the new StrongFirst Resilient workshop, and historian of strength culture. Show Notes 01:28 – Pavel shares his background in strength, martial […]

Antifragile and Strong Knees: The Russian Lion’s Kettlebell Hack Squat Tutorial

Resilient ankles, antifragile knees, strong legs, balance, and flexibility: these are just a few benefits of the Hack squat. In this article, you will learn how to perform a Hack squat, safely, step by step.

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 Turkish Get-Up — A Clinician’s Perspective

It is an ongoing joke that if you come to me with an orthopedic issue, I will tell you to do a Turkish get-up. But in seriousness, it is an excellent tool for diagnosing movement.