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

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


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How to Ruck
How to ruck

By Al Ciampa, SFG I wrote an article some time ago about physically preparing for combat in mountainous terrain. One of the critical aspects of this preparation was foot marching. I’d like to explore and expand upon this concept of … Continue reading

Preparing an MMA Fighter

By Pavel Macek, SFG Team Leader     On January 24, 2015, Viktor Pešta won a unanimous decision over Konstantin Erokhin. Below are the secrets to his strength training. Viktor’s MMA coach, Dan Barták, and his gym, Penta Gym Prague, were … Continue reading

The Patience of Strength
Dave RigertSquare

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman “Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel,” wrote Shakespeare in Henry V.  “They will eat like wolves and fight like devils.” Given a choice, I do not think these fierce warriors would have … Continue reading

Training the Endurance Athlete

By Peter Park   Peter Park has trained many professional athletes, most notably endurance athletes like Lance Armstrong. While many endurance athletes continue to be overly-concerned with more and more “endurance” training at the expense of strength training, Peter understands the importance … Continue reading

The Top Five Ab Training Mistakes
The full contact twist.
Photo courtesy Prof. Stuart McGill’s Spine Biomechanics Lab at the University of Waterloo, Canada

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman By now, proper abdominal training should not be a mystery.  The body of experience and scientific knowledge serve up powerful methods on a platter—yet they get lost in the Internet noise… Perhaps a fashionable “list article” … Continue reading

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?
Snatch Test

By Brett Jones, Chief SFG Instructor   It is approaching. The event you have been preparing for is drawing near. Does it approach with the sound of the Jaws theme (da) or the Rocky theme? I’ll let you think about … Continue reading

StrongFirst after Pregnancy

By Abby Clark, SFG   In September, 2014 I had the opportunity to assist at a StrongFirst Level I SFG Certification in Philadelphia. I was a little nervous because I just had my first baby in May, 2014 and I … Continue reading

How to Build Your Slow Fibers Part III

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman To put this article in context read Should You Build Your Slow Fibers?, How to Build Your Slow Fibers, Part I, and How to Build Your Slow Fibers, Part II. Adding a triceps ST hypertrophy protocol … Continue reading

Success Comes in Many Different Forms
Willard Jim Sloan 1

by Andrea U-Shi Chang, Senior SFG, TSC Coordinator Willard (Jim) Sloan entered to compete in the Strong First Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) last October. People enter the TSC for a lot of different reasons, but Jim at age 56, entered … Continue reading

StrongFirst for Golf
Tiger Woods

by Chris Hook, TPI-FP3, SFG2, SFL You may not be a golfer or a fan of golf, but I am sure you have heard of Tiger Woods. He has been ranked the number one golfer in the world many times. … Continue reading