Why Amateurs Should Train Like Professionals

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The last time I saw Prof. Stuart McGill, a couple of months ago, he told me what had happened at a recent clinic of his. A seventy-five-year old woman came close to tears on stage telling that she was about to sell her house and move to an assisted care facility. Her health was fine, but she was getting weak and was having a hard time getting up from a chair.

The professor proceeded to teach the woman several strength techniques used by elite powerlifters—and taught in our SFG curriculum. Shortly after, she was popping off the chair like a young girl. The woman was ecstatic. She could stay in her home, and not just maintain, but improve the quality of her life.

Prof. McGill consults Olympic teams on one end of the spectrum and works with “hopeless” back patients on the other. He compares this practice to that of car companies making race cars. The Ford GT, tested under extreme high-performance conditions, teaches the company priceless lessons which are applied to Ford Taurus.

StrongFirst—and the Glock—Are Chosen by Professionals

The methods of strength professionals are the best methods and they ought to be used by all. You will certainly use lighter loads—but there is no reason for you train differently and settle for inferior mainstream methods. Most hobbyists buy the highest quality professional-grade equipment if they have the means. No self-respecting amateur chef would pick Walmart knives over Global or Wusthof brands. Yet, amazingly, when it comes to fitness, people shun the methods of the pros and opt for mass-market nonsense—the equivalent of cheap plastic.

If the kitchen knife analogy is too soft for you, consider Glock. It has a rare distinction of being the choice of gun carrying professionals—and the number one pistol recommended to beginners at the same time. Today, the Glock is the most popular handgun in the world, supplying two thirds of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and countless institutional and private customers worldwide.

StrongFirst Is the Glock of Our Industry
Tommy Lee Jones in U.S. Marshalls: “Get yourself a Glock and lose that nickel-plated sissy pistol.”

StrongFirst is the Glock of our industry. Our leading instructors have had the privilege of coaching world champions, consulting world record holders, and training elite special operators. No matter what your background, our online fundamentals courses, kettlebellbodyweight, and barbell will make you a better man or woman with the same skill set we teach to professionals.

Pavel Tsatsouline
Pavel Tsatsouline is the CEO of StrongFirst, Inc.

12 thoughts on “Why Amateurs Should Train Like Professionals

  • Anywhere I can find the information the Professor passed on to this lady? My wife is 57 years old and has MS. This past winter was particularly rough after a bout of the flu seemed to really stir up the MS; after contracting the flu in Dec, she is just now (in March) getting off her cane and walker. Getting out of her chair is still a bit tough sometimes, but she’s not giving up. I’d like to help her get her strength back to the degree possible.

  • After reading this, I have a question for Pavel …
    I am instructor StrongFirst Levell II and I have an AK 47 and a Glock 17 …
    Is this just a coincidence?


  • Fine post. I train my “ford taurus” clients with the same mentality as my Ford GT clients. The tools, the principles do not change. The parameters may change, but never the guiding principles

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