Plan Strong

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Students of strength! Teachers of strength!

StrongFirst is proud to present an exclusive seminar on the most sophisticated and powerful strength training system ever—the Soviet weightlifting system. But we will not be talking about snatches and C&Js. I will teach you how to apply the System to kettlebell and barbell military presses, weighted pullups and pistols, and the three powerlifts for extraordinary results.

I have made a career out of taking the very complex from the elitist domain of strength nerds and translating it into everyday English. Bringing power to the people. But something was missing… For years some of the best of the Soviet strength science resisted my efforts to distill it to a tight “how to” package. It was just too intricate.

I finally succeeded. I reduced the Soviet System to its essence—without compromising its integrity. I identified the fundamental principles any intelligent person with no special education can understand. I wrote almost foolproof algorithms that will enable anyone with an adult attention span and grade school math skills to write individualized state of the art strength programs for athletes of any level. Then I applied the System that won Mother Russia so much Olympic gold to the general strength exercises that we focus on at StrongFirst. Presses, pulls, squats. Kettlebell, barbell, bodyweight.

You might ask: “I am not an elite athlete. And as a trainer, I mostly coach regular folks who want to lose weight. Why do I need this advanced system?”

Because you are a professional—or aspire to be one.

A decade ago Ford produced a speeding bullet—the Ford GT. The company spent millions on R&D, yet built only 4,000 GTs shut down the production in spite of great demand. Why would Ford waste that money and not focus on their biggest seller, the sensible Taurus?

When you serve extreme customers, be it race drivers or champion athletes, you get more than professional satisfaction with a job well done in a most challenging environment. In the rare air where there is no margin for error you learn lessons that can be applied to serving your Taurus drivers or everyday folks seeking strength and health.

You do not need a background in sports science, endocrinology, or neuroscience to attend the PLAN STRONG seminar because I will speak plain Naked Warrior English. (But if you do ask me a question in the multisyllabic language of Power to the People Professional, I will answer it in the same language.)

The seminar will be highly interactive, with some of you designing programs in front of the class and others being called on the spot to evaluate. There will be plenty of case studies and dozens of readymade plans, barbell and kettlebell, to take home with you—along with a highly detailed manual.

Power to you!
—Pavel, StrongFirst, Inc.


I believe this is the crowning achievement of Pavel’s career… This seminar revealed the universal key to decoding what the best strength coaches and scientists have figured out… After 10+ years of serious strength training and 7+ years of learning from Pavel, there has been nothing that could hold a candle to this information. Thank you, Pavel!
—Jason Marshall, Master SFG, SFB, SFL

This seminar is extremely informative and complex… Pavel does an amazing job of explaining complicated material in a manner that is understandable and clear.
—Lauren Perreault, SFG Team Leader, SFL

There was so much to take from the weekend; I have material for a lifetime. Pavel was at his best.
—Mike Sousa, SFG Team Leader, SFL



Plan Strong was for my brain what SFG I was for my body… more than I thought possible in one weekend…
—Sam McLean, SFG

Programming is something that I have struggled with [in the past] and… now being able to read the programs in the manual is like being able to read a sheet of music for a musician.
—Leslie E. Hand, SFG

I enjoyed the depth, intricacy and detail that went into the content of Plan Strong program design lectures, application, and manual. StrongFirst provides the most detailed, comprehensive and thorough education on program design within the S&C industry that I have seen.
—Joseph Sansalone, Senior SFG, SFL

Mind blowing and mind melting.
—Jimmy Yuan, SFG Team Leader, SFB, SFL

The course was incredible. The material is unbelievably thorough and well thought out. The manual is dense. Very dense.
—John Spezzano, SFG Team Leader, SFB

Truly life-changing and eye opening. Enough material to work on for at least a decade, probably several decades.
—Jason Ginsberg

Plan Strong is a Ph.D.-level course in program design.
—Mike Perry, Senior SFG, SFL

—Delaine Ross, Senior SFG