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“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 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

Flexibility for Kettlebell Training and Kettlebell Sport
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By Sergey Rudnev, IKSFA President, 5-Time GS World Champion     Flexibility is one of the five main physical qualities.  High level of special flexibility enables freedom, quickness, and economy of movement.  Although this article is dedicated to developing flexibility … Continue reading

The Little Things Add Up to Big Things over Time (a 73lb. journey in 90 days)
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by Jason Martin and Jason Marshall, Senior SFG     I am new to the kettlebell and the StrongFirst community, but I am all in.   90 days ago I entered a local contest in Lubbock Texas, the Bodyworks 90-day … Continue reading

Forward to the Past
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     Next year is the thirtieth anniversary of the classic film Back to the Future.  What makes this anniversary special is 2015 is the destination of one of Doc and Marty McFly’s time travels. Sure, … Continue reading

The American Swing
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By Brandon Hetzler, SFG Team Leader   “All great truths begin as blasphemies” —George Bernard Shaw     The American swing (or the overhead swing — OH Swing): Is it good or is it bad? This is a tougher question … Continue reading

The TSC is About Participation, Community, and Strength
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By Andrea U-Shi Chang, Senior SFG, TSC Coordinator     The Spring Tactical Strength Challenge had over 350 competitors. Most had a lot of experience with the kettlebell, barbell, and bodyweight exercises, but some had never pulled a barbell deadlift prior to a … Continue reading