StrongFirst Instruction

You want to be stronger, and you want to get there safely. Strength with safety is our specialty—and no one in the world does this better than a StrongFirst Instructor. We are a very particular type of fitness professional, with a highly-specialized skill-set.

The best and safest way to increase your strength is by one of StrongFirst’s three modalities: Kettlebell (SFG), Barbell (SFL), and Bodyweight (SFB). The principles of strength and the skill of strength development are fundamental to and consistent among all three. But because specialized technique is crucial for safely instructing others, you should seek an Instructor who holds the credential for the modality you wish to learn and practice. An SFB Instructor will know far more about strength acquisition than a typical trainer, for instance, but if you want to incorporate kettlebell training, then an SFG Instructor is non-negotiable. (Same goes for the barbell and SFL, respectively.)

A session with a StrongFirst Instructor is not a passive experience. Their eyes will be on you, ensuring you understand the nuances of technique and safe, strong execution. You will be mentally engaged in the process… it is nothing at all like a mindless routine that you might see in the group fitness room of an ordinary gym. You are learning new skills here, and these skills will make you stronger than you believed you could be.

Who Are The Instructors?

Many of our Instructors are full-time trainers. Some run their own training facilities, others are employed by gyms. And still many others, once discovering the value of StrongFirst training methodologies or who pursued an Instructor credential as a personal challenge, were then inspired to teach these principles to as many people as possible. This bridging of Instructors, from both deep within the fitness industry and outside of it, has yielded tremendously diverse insight and experience, into the lives and needs and experiences of people who do not necessarily fit the standard “gym-goer” model. In other words: People just like you.

We have Instructors who are world-class coaches and athletes. Tactical operators and active duty and retired military. Medical professionals of all varieties: surgeons, chiropractors, physicians, nurses, dietitians, kinesiologists, and physical therapists. Collegiate, high school, and professional sports coaches and athletic trainers. Martial artists, dancers, mathematicians, homemakers, blacksmiths, professors, accountants, lawyers, writers, and artists.

Whether pursued as an individual challenge or to establish a professional qualification, every StrongFirst Instructor must pass the same extensive testing requirements. StrongFirst’s Founder and Chairman Pavel Tsatsouline, in fact, was the first to establish a personal training certification of any kind that included a physical testing requirement. Where others may require little more than the payment of a fee and perhaps some multiple choice exam questions, StrongFirst Instructors are held to a higher standard—consistently regarded as the highest in the industry.

The StrongFirst Instructor

Our system cannot spread without Instructors. Our Instructors set us apart. They teach their students to get Strong… first, knowing that being Strong improves all other aspects of life. Our Instructors exemplify our Core Values, believe in our principles and follow the StrongFirst Code:

I am a Student of Strength

I am a Teacher of Strength.

I am a Quiet Professional.