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

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


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

How to Ruck
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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
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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
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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