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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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What the Hell?!
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By Eric Frohardt, CEO   I remember it very clearly. Somewhere in central Iraq, during my first ‘OP’ in country, I stopped in my tracks. “What the hell?” I had read about this phenomenon many times but was not sure … Continue reading

Where Do You Go After Simple?
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By Al Ciampa, SFG   Over a year has passed, and you’ve reached the “simple” goal of Simple & Sinister.  You are a man or woman, who did not just survive <16min of swings and get-ups with your 32kg, or … Continue reading

Kettlebells and Powerlifting: A Match Made in Heaven?
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By ‘The King of The Deadlift’ Andy Bolton     Kettlebells are a waste of time! Or so I thought, until I became friends with Pavel. Like many Powerlifters, I dismissed kettlebells outright, because… “How can something that *only* weighs … Continue reading

heads up!
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman     A few years ago, a strange idea emerged from the clinical world: the insect head.  White coats started telling lifters to lock their heads onto their torsos during hip hinge lifts—deadlifts, swings, cleans, and … Continue reading

3 + 6 = excellence
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By David A. Clancy, SFG, CSCS     Three days, six exercises. Simple. That is what the StrongFirst SFG certification is. Sure, there are tests, both physical and written. There is downtime for practicing with other attendees. There are lectures. … Continue reading

the cost of adaptation
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By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman Today I will revisit some of my writings from fifteen years ago and then expand on the topic of health and performance. According to Prof. Bayevsky, at any given moment, between 50 to 80% of all … Continue reading

thank you, veterans
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By Eric Frohardt, CEO     I would like to quickly thank all the brave men and women who have or are currently serving in our armed forces for their service and sacrifice. As a Veteran, I know what it … Continue reading

training kettlebells, music and surgery: same but different?
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By Dr. B Ramana, SFG     A young man came up to me at the airport and asked: “Aren’t you Dr. Ramana? I’m sure you have forgotten but you operated on me, as well as on my wife, and … Continue reading

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
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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