“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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Strength Training for High School Volleyball
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By Kash Morrow     I have had the opportunity to strength train my two daughters for the last few years. Savannah is 16 years old, 5’10”, a junior in High School and a volleyball athlete. Madison is 14 years … Continue reading

The Long View

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is a remarkable work of faith, art, and engineering. Enter it, and you experience an out-of-this-world feeling of being lifted up to heavens, floating up on a beam … Continue reading

SFG Level II Prep Story
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By Abby Keyes, SFG II     The Level II SFG As expected, StrongFirst blew me away with an incredible weekend, at the Level II SFG.  We are lucky to be able to learn from the phenomenal lineup of Masters, … Continue reading

The Truth Shall Set You Free
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By Al Ciampa, SFG I’ve got a few articles brewing right now, but I woke up in the middle of the night with this idea burning in my brain so, I put the “pen” to it.  I wrote an article … Continue reading

How Heavy Should I Go in a Turkish Get-up?

By Delaine Ross, Senior SFG   Should Your Get-Ups Be Light or Heavy? Here’s the thing.  We TEACH get-ups very light.  That’s because students are moving around for the very first time with a weight overhead.  And so of course, … Continue reading

Strength Aerobics
Alexey Senart, SFG Team Leader

By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman   “Conditioning” is a very vague term—and it is for the better, given the scientists’ lack of understanding of endurance, its different facets, and the variables affecting it. Fighters and other hard living types love killing … Continue reading

How to Make Your Snatch Test Easier
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By Aleks Salkin, SFG II, SFB     Wailing.  Gnashing of teeth.  Rending of clothing and sitting in sack cloth and ashes. Nothing about the SFG certification weekend, it seems, causes as much internal drama, strife, worry, fear, and nervousness … Continue reading

Bodyweight Strength for Ultra-Endurance Sports
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By Nathan M., SFB     I was introduced to StrongFirst through my employer 5.11 Tactical.  I will admit I was a bit stoked the night I was seated next to Pavel for dinner at the first meeting, as it … Continue reading

Who Doesn’t Need a Better Press?

By Dr. B Ramana, SFG     If you are around on online forums, social media and fitness blogs, you may have heard this: “Yeah, who doesn’t need a heavier press, huh?” Many of you are worried about not being … Continue reading

“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