December 16, 2021In my first article, “Mastering Your Press, Part I,” I addressed specific ways to test your press and find weak areas by analyzing how your body responds to pressing a heavy kettlebell. Paying attention to where your press breaks down when things get heavy is an important aspect of mastering your press. Although there are […]
January 23, 2020Co-authored by Ryan Toshner The TSC is StrongFirst’s bi-annual strength challenge, where participants put their training pedal to the competition metal. Judged on performance while adhering to solid lifting technique, the upcoming TSC is the perfect opportunity to focus your training on new goals—learning to lift, beating a previous personal best, or ascending the podium. […]
February 20, 2018Transform your pull-ups from "fine" to "outstanding." You may need to step back the weight and the reps at first to get them to "outstanding" status, but this is how to do it.
October 26, 2017After fifteen years of swinging kettlebells, I am still learning. Every rep is a chance to learn—this is the thought that has recently percolated for me and here are my resulting training observations.
August 15, 2017We not only show, but teach professional failure in the SFG Level I Certification. This is how important is to fail—as a professional. Real failure is not something we teach.
December 9, 2021When I’m invited to teach at an SFG I StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Certification, I always request to lead the military press. I love teaching the military press and, pardon my lack of modesty, I’m very good at it. An average gym rat might classify the kettlebell military press as just another exercise for delts and […]
October 17, 2019The offer of a shortcut always seems tempting. But life experiences quickly teach us that they usually come with a catch—or simply don’t deliver the promised results. However, if you’ve ever struggled with kettlebells landing heavily during the clean, high pull or snatch, here is one shortcut that will save you time, effort, and sore […]
December 5, 2017The devil may be in the details, but the benefits are found there, as well. Here are details on the kettlebell swing and the kettlebell halo that can make a difference in your results.
September 26, 2017Let's be like Bruce Lee's willow when it comes to our get-ups, and learn how an alternative to the windshield wiper can open new possibilities for ourselves and our students.
August 10, 2017This article is about a common error in the kettlebell swing. I want to introduce you to a self-correcting drill to address having too much extension at the top of the swing.