Sunday, March 1, 2015

Check out the latest Course, Workshop and Recertification dates I 'll be offering....

SFG Level I Re-Certification - March 21, 2015 DURHAM, NC

Saturday, March 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Rapid Results Fitness
4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd #10
Durham, North Carolina 27707
United States

Master SFG Karen Smith 619-838-7777
Senior SFG Betsy Collie

This ​one ​day ​course ​is ​for ​those ​who ​are ​up ​for ​Recertifying ​their ​SFG ​Level ​I.

Please ​come ​prepared ​to ​test ​the ​following:
-Flex ​arm ​hang/ ​Pull ​ups
-Technique ​Test ​(Double ​Bells ​except ​the ​TGU ​and ​Snatch)
 ​ ​Dbl ​Swing ​x ​10
 ​ ​Dbl ​Clean ​x ​5
 ​ ​Dbl ​Press ​x ​5
 ​ ​Dbl ​Front ​Squat ​x ​5
 ​ ​TGU ​x ​1/1
 ​ ​Snatch ​x ​5/5
-Snatch ​Test ​(100 ​Reps ​in ​5 ​min ​with ​weight ​class ​bell)

You ​​put ​​in ​​the ​​time ​​and ​​effort ​​to ​​earn ​​your ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​Instructor ​​status; ​​don’t ​​let ​​it ​​slip ​​away!
Under ​​the ​​watchful ​​eye ​​of ​​an ​​SFG ​​Master ​​Instructor, ​​you’ll ​​learn ​​the ​​most ​​recent ​​updates ​​to ​​the ​​six ​​techniques ​​taught ​​at ​​the ​​three-day ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I. ​​You’ll ​​re-take ​​your ​​snatch ​​and ​​strength ​​tests ​​and ​​after ​​a ​​full ​​day ​​of ​​instruction, ​​re-discover ​​the ​​power ​​of ​​the ​​kettlebell ​​by ​​re-taking ​​the ​​technique ​​test ​​on ​​the ​​swing, ​​the ​​squat, ​​the ​​clean, ​​the ​​press, ​​the ​​snatch ​​and ​​the ​​get ​​up.
Successful ​​completion ​​of ​​this ​​dense ​​one-day ​​event ​​extends ​​your ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​Certification ​​for ​​two ​​years ​​and ​​gives ​​you ​​our ​​latest ​​progressions ​​and ​​correctives.
Who ​​qualifies ​​for ​​the ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​Recertification? ​​In ​​order ​​to ​​qualify ​​to ​​attend ​​this ​​one-day ​​event:
 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​You ​​must ​​currently ​​hold ​​a ​​valid, ​​unexpired ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​Certificate
 ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​Select ​​a ​​one-day ​​recertification ​​from ​​the ​​list ​​of ​​events ​
 ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​Provide ​​the ​​expiration ​​of ​​your ​​current ​​certificate ​​during ​​registration
 ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​Upload ​​a ​​photo ​​of ​​your ​​most ​​recent ​​Instructor ​​Certificate ​

Attendance ​​at ​​the ​​recertification ​​includes ​​a ​​manual ​​reflecting ​​current ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​standards ​​and ​​for ​​those ​​who ​​qualify, ​​a ​​new ​​SFG ​​Level ​​I ​​Instructor ​​Certificate.
Be ​​ready. ​

Be ​​up ​​to ​​date. ​

Be ​​StrongFirst.

SFB Bodyweight Course - Mar 22, 2015 DURHAM, NC

Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Rapid Results Fitness
4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Suite 10
Durham, North Carolina 27707
United States
919) 403-8651

Master SFG Karen Smith 619-838-7777
Host: Senior SFG Betsy Collie

Theodore Roosevelt got it right:
“Do what you can with what you have where you are.”

StrongFirst Bodyweight Courses teach how to get a powerlifting-quality workout anywhere, anytime, using one’s bodyweight as resistance. More importantly, they distill the principles of StrongFirst and reverse-engineer the body language of the strong. These principles have a great range of applications towards lifting various implements and generating force in athletic skills.

The curriculum was developed by Pavel Tsatsouline. The Courses are taught by select members of the StrongFirst instructor cadre.


  • State-of-the-art abdominal exercises.
  • Beginner to advanced progressions for the “bodyweight powerlifts”: the one-arm pushup, the pistol, and the tactical pull-up.
  • The principles of an effective bodyweight strength program design, refined and condensed from the Russian methodology.
  • Most importantly, take a big step towards body mastery by reverse-engineering the body language of elite gymnasts.

“About 3 weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a StrongFirst Bodyweight Course. I learned a huge amount, and it’s taken me a little while to process and evaluate everything.

You can never have enough tension. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of tension after reading most of Pavel’s work. Turns out I didn’t. A couple cues and exercises and I am all of a sudden stronger than when I entered the gym.

The progressions are exhaustive (and a little exhausting!). We spent three hours on the minutiae of the push up. Every minute was time well spent, no rocks were left unturned.

Instructional booklets are fantastic. They contain details on progressions, tips for flexibility and really good programming tips. I refer back to it at least once a week.

Really good people come to these events. People from all walks of life brought together in their desire to learn. Fantastic energy, and great attitudes.

Jack Reape is quoted saying “learning how to make a bodyweight exercise harder will teach a lifter how to make a barbell lift easier” and he is spot on.

Long story short, I cannot recommend it enough. And, I hope to become certified in the fall to be a SFB.”

—Andy McLaughlin


SFG Kettlebell User Course
Saturday April 11, 2015 9am-4pm Durham, NC

SFG Kettlebell User Course
Saturday May 30, 2015 9am-5pm Chicago, IL
The most fundamental and thoroughly in-depth kettlebell instruction available within a single day.
Developed by the founder of the modern kettlebell movement, Pavel Tsatsouline, the SFG Course is THE 8-hour kettlebell workshop — perfected.

Is the SFG Course the best option for you?

You want to learn how to use kettlebells…correctly and safely.
You also want to be certain that you will receive the best instruction possible, and avoid wasting any (more) of your time or money. If you are like many others who attend the SFG Course, then perhaps:
  • your nearest SFG Instructor‘s class schedule does not fit into your own work/life schedule.
  • you want to dig deeper into the skills, but cannot afford a series of one-on-one sessions right now.
  • or you just want to take a single day to learn everything you can, in order to cancel your gym membership and get busy on your own.
You have probably been browsing through dozens of how-to articles and YouTube videos, confused by the conflicting images and examples, and unable to distinguish what’s really correct from what isn’t. Here is a hint: Most of what you will see out there is suboptimal. And a lot of it is flat-out dangerous.
The guessing game is over — you have found the preeminent authority here at StrongFirst. When you register for an SFG Course, you can be certain that you will receive the highest-quality instruction available. Do not veer off-course; stick with us, and you will never again wonder if you are on the right track.


This part is pretty cool.
First, some orientation. StrongFirst’s kettlebell curriculum and training methodology has been developed and refined by Founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, for well over a decade. We currently offer three types of Courses: Kettlebell (SFG), Barbell (SFL), and Bodyweight (SFB). Each of these Courses is appropriate for practitioners of virtually any skill level. No previous kettlebell experience is required to attend the SFG Course.
StrongFirst certifies instructors in each of these three modalities, as well. Our flagship program, the SFG Certification, has the highest standards in the industry, and is the most sought-after kettlebell instructor credential. The standards are so high, that on average one-third of all SFG candidates (most of whom are already personal trainers) fail to meet the requirements, after months or even years of serious preparation.
SFG Instructors are the strongest, most qualified and experienced kettlebell instructors in the world.
The SFG Instructors that have been invited to teach our SFG Course were carefully evaluated and selected by Pavel. This group represents just 3% of the over 2,000 SFG Instructors, worldwide.




Kettlebell instruction is our legacy, and it is our ongoing obsession.
As the most established, experienced, and meticulous kettlebell instruction organization in history, StrongFirst has identified the most important elements for you to learn in a single day, and the most efficient ways of teaching them.
Only the most necessary skills are covered in order to ensure that, by the end of the day, you will understand the techniques and concepts, and you will be able to safely practice them on your own.
In addition to the specific kettlebell skills listed below — and no less important — you will learn many MOVEMENT FUNDAMENTALS:
  • Kettlebell training safety
  • “Strength stretching” to take the brakes off your strength, spare your joints, and always be ready to go
  • State-of-the-art breathing techniques for strength, endurance, back safety, and stress reduction
  • Tension skills for instant strength gains
  • A proven way to train your abs 300% more intensely than with traditional exercises
  • Shoulder mechanics used by professionals for maximal strength and resilience
DEADLIFT — the most “functional” exercise
SQUAT — the essential and easy-to-learn goblet squat
SWING — the “fat-burning athlete builder”
TURKISH GET-UP, OR TGU — a lesson in moving strong
MILITARY PRESS — a classic test of strength and one of the very best upper body builders
You are even provided a TRAINING PLAN to follow — for general strength and conditioning, muscle building, and fat loss.


Yes, this Course is also for you.
Even if you have already been messing around with them for several years, you will be surprised to see just how much there is to learn about training with kettlebells, and the level of detail that is required to do it well. It is a lot different than you thought — and it is awesome.
Also, the Course provides .8 CEUs toward your NASM credential.

SFG Level I Re-Certification - May15, 2015 Corpus Christi, Texas

Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Hardstyle KBJJ
5702 S. Staple Suite d
Corpus Christi, Texas 75070
United States

Led by: Master SFG Karen Smith
Hosted by: Hector Gutierrez Jr. SFG II
Strength Retreat with...
Master SFG Karen Smith, Senior SFG Delaine Ross, Senior SFG Betsy Collie, Chairman of StrongFirst Pavel Tsatsouline

Early Bird Registration by March 15 $349
Corpus Christi, TX
May 16 and 17, 2015