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

Because it is strength that makes all other values possible.” (Enter the Dragon)


10 Reasons Your Progress is Stalling

By Dr. B Ramana, SFG     Disclaimer: One of the advantages of being both a senior doctor and a strength coach is being able to see a wide spread of people — regular folks of all shapes and sizes. … Continue reading

[Seven] Basic Human Movements

By Delaine Ross, Senior SFG     We are so often asked, “How do I put together a program at home?” or “How do you put your classes together?” The simple answer is we make sure to include both grinds … Continue reading

An Olympic Weightlifting Approach to Coaching the Kettlebell Clean
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By Jason Pak, SFGII, SFB, SFL     A barbell clean and a kettlebell clean are two completely different movements, but both could fit this description: CLEAN [barbell or kettlebell]: A power exercise with a quick transition between tension and … Continue reading

Swing versus Snatch
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman Are the swing and snatch interchangeable? Or do you have to do both? David Whitley, Master SFG quipped that “a snatch is a swing that ends up overhead” and a study by Brandon Hetzler, SFG Team … Continue reading

The Turkish Get-Up — A Clinician’s Perspective
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By Travis Jewett, DC     I am a self-described kettlebell nerd. One of the ongoing jokes when I teach seminars is if you come to me with an orthopedic issue, I will tell you to do TGU’s. There is … Continue reading

What is “Work Capacity”? [Part II]
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     The original Russian term, rabotosposobnost, literally translates into “work ability”. A better translation would be “potential productivity”. But someone creatively translated it into English as “work capacity”, which instantly changed its meaning. The word … Continue reading

The Psychological Complexities of Becoming Strong

By Hannah Fons, SFG II, SFB     I’m relatively new to strength coaching (just under three years so far), so when I was asked to contribute a column to StrongFirst.com, I was really flattered…for about five minutes. Then the … Continue reading

What is “Work Capacity”? [Part I]

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman The words “work capacity” have joined the fashionable jargon of the industry.  What exactly do they mean? Some folks envision a sweaty multi-minute effort that makes the muscles burn and the heart pump, like a wrestling … Continue reading

Simple and Sinister in a Rehabilitation Setting

By Travis Jewett, DC   In December 2013, I was a very fit and spry 32 years old. I had decided to volunteer with our local high school and youth wrestling programs. I wrestled for many years and thought I … Continue reading

Long Rests

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman In the beginning he was Christopher Bellew.  By the time he was at college he had become Chris Bellew.  Later, in the Bohemian crowd of San Francisco, he was called Kit Bellew.  And in the end … Continue reading