KULT Fitness – Powered by StrongFirst
Before StrongFirst, many of the world’s most talented and respected strength and fitness coaches, instructors and athletes sought out the RKC for their specialized kettlebell instructor skills. Less interested in competing in kettlebell or girvoy sport, they sought to learn ‘hardstyle’ training for it’s prioritization of force production over energy conservation and it’s strong carryover to athletic performance. And it was Pavel Tsatsouline who popularized hardstyle kettlebell training in the early 2000s with the original RKC and since 2012, with StrongFirst.
The entire premise behind StrongFirst is that it is a strength system based upon training that is: simple, but not easy; heavy, but consistently achievable; that builds people up, instead of breaking them down; and that should result in people being stronger next year, and the year after that, not just tomorrow.
“If you want entertainment, go watch a movie.”
Training should be about results, not entertainment. Results are fun. They are also what makes challenging sessions, whether they be punch the clock, grease the groove, grit and everything in between style, worthwhile. Sure there’s a time and a place for lighthearted fun and entertainment in your fitness pursuits. These times are extremely well suited for active living and recreational physical activities. But at the end of the day, if you are ready to shift emphasis towards results, the StrongFirst system, and people who follow it will prioritise the outcome.
StrongFirst is a Strength System
As a system, StrongFirst is not about kettlebells. Nor is it about barbell or bodyweight training. StrongFirst is about building strength – and how different tools like kettlebells, barbells and bodyweight training help you achieve it. But don’t mistake the pursuit of strength to equal building size or bulking up. Sure for some, they are synonymous. But for far more of us, training strength is to get more out of what we have. Probably even more importantly, training physical strength also builds mental strength, discipline, commitment, grit, sticking power and spirit. Because strength is a skill with tremendous spill over. It is also an attitude. Being strong brings with it a whole new perspective towards challenges. StrongFirst is also about following a plan. Too many people get caught up in workouts that appear like work, without actually getting anywhere. They indulge in ‘flavor of the day’ or random acts of variety (see entertainment above), rather than sticking to a well designed, structured plan that takes them towards the outcome that they want to see. They sacrifice what they want more for what they want now.
Results come from making a plan and executing it. Decide and do. People who prioritize results win at sport, games, and at life. Sure some plan-less people get lucky occasionally. But most people without plans will endlessly spin their wheels without progress or eventually fall flat on their face.
Without a goal or a plan, anywhere or nowhere will do.
Training that Builds Rather than Destroys
At StrongFirst, we aren’t after new records every day or even every week or month. The human body is not designed to go, go, go. Instead, we consistently “put money in the bank” towards our goals, truly appreciating that consistency and recovery are critical parts of longevity, resilience and the pursuit of lasting improvement. Master SFG Mark Reifkind describes the common cycle of training heavy, heavier, heavier, damage something, rehab and then start again. People repeating this cycle often find that their lifts, health, and quality of life have travelled in the wrong direction. Instead, StrongFirst suggests we borrow a page from how old time strongmen trained, because they needed to perform several times a day and couldn’t afford the luxury of several days of muscle soreness or of getting hurt. Most people working to support their family, taking care of children and trying to enjoy hobbies – even sporting ones – can appreciate training that leaves them unhindered, feeling great and knowing that they are improving. The fact that they lose body fat, sculpt muscle, boost their cardio endurance and improve health markers in the process are added bonuses.
“Strength Has a Greater Purpose.” Let’s Change The World
Finally, StrongFirst is about changing the world around it. Most people’s main goal isn’t to be ridiculously strong. For us, “strength has a greater purpose.” It’s not about getting strong for strength’s sake. It’s about getting strong enough, and moving well enough, that you are unlimited in what you can and want to do, achieve and pursue. Whether that is to keep up with your active children/grandchildren, dance long into the night, have a better slapshot or golf drive, carry your groceries with ease, stay fit and healthy, ward off middle age spread, build a better body, enjoy walking through hilly towns in Europe or simply lift progressively heavier things. Regardless, strength will help make it happen.
KULT Fitness weaves StrongFirst’s strength training principles into all of our programs because they get results. Period. Want to burn fat? Get stronger so you can use more force. Use more force, burn more calories. Burn more calories, lose more fat. What about improving your endurance? Build strength so you have more of it to endure not to mention learn how to move better so you endure better. Look better naked? Shapely muscles that give your skin something to hang on and a kettlebell butt that always trump a flat backside, though there is no accounting for taste. I could go on for any other goal you have.
If the idea of moving well and being strong appeals to you, and you can stomach ideas such as training for results rather than to get just sweaty or sore, and following a plan rather than prioritising entertainment, then KULT Fitness is here to help. Apply for your free personal training consultation so we can get to know each other better. Risk free.
This article was influenced by our friends over at www.qldkettlebells.com “Why We Chose StrongFirst”.