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“Sparta, Rome, the knights of Europe, the samurai… worshipped strength.

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“Dry, Fighting Weight”
A student of Geoff's, Stacy Clemson, SFG II

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman and Geoff Neupert, SFG II   At StrongFirst we never focused on fat loss — and got it anyway as a side effect of our strength and power focused training.  We used to call it “the what … Continue reading

Find Your Balance, Then Pull Heavy
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By Derek Miller, SFG II     So, I want to deadlift. I want a strong deadlift. I want a really strong deadlift.   Oh, you too? I don’t need to inform you of the benefits of adding barbell work … Continue reading

Maximizing Your StrongFirst Kettlebell Certification in Year 1
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By Russ Moon, SFG     Congratulations!  You have separated yourself from the pack and joined the Alpha-Predator of the Strength and Development field.  Your preparation, hard work, fighting spirit and willingness to set aside your ego and accept coaching … Continue reading

Chinese Food For Rapid Pressing Gains
Granville Mayers, SFG II

By Daniel Hanscom, SFG   As the saying goes… “To press a lot you must press a lot”.   The Problem It takes a lot of reps to build up to a respectable press. The challenge is that pressing is … Continue reading

The Swing Sandwich
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  For years, kettlebell instructor Missy Beaver has been placing a set of swings between sets of everything else.  She has had great success with her students who range from professional athletes and fighters to celebrities.  All have seen impressive … Continue reading

How to Build up to 100 Consecutive Pistols
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By Sergey Rudnev, IKSFA President, 5-Time GS World Champion     The one-legged squat or “pistol” demands coordination, strength, and flexibility and has many positive effects. Every one of the muscles and joints of the legs is involved, and so … Continue reading

Strength Has a Greater Purpose
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By Eric Frohardt, SFG, CEO   From Pavel:  Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to introduce you to StrongFirst’s new CEO. Eric Frohardt is a former US Navy SEAL, a decorated combat veteran with multiple tours of duty in Iraq … Continue reading

Tempo Runs + Kettlebell Work = Your Next “Recovery” Day
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By Jeremy Frisch SFG     Each summer as the weather gets hot and the training gets brutal, I find it important for myself and my athletes to get outside the “four walls” of the gym, away from the high-intensity … Continue reading

Five Weeks to a Bigger Deadlift
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     Did you suddenly decide to compete in the October 4 TSC and realize that your deadlift is not where it needs to be? All is not lost.  If you have decent technique and you … Continue reading

Strong Mind/Strong Body
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By Mark Reifkind, Master SFG     Strength is a choice. Not always an easy one, because it usually requires doing something difficult that one can’t do easily; but that is precisely the point. Strength, by definition, requires the use … Continue reading