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 ACTION! SNATCH! READY, SET, YOU GOT THIS! Sometimes things look much sexier on the outside then you might be feeling on the inside. We all have those training days that are both a physical and a mental struggle. Even Xena has less strong training days. How do you stick to your training routine and get through it? You create a positive script and a plan, and you recite the positive script and… Read More

As much as I love to rip a shit ton of weight off the ground, the barbell can be a pain in the ass sometimes, loading the plates on, taking them off, yadda yadda. It’s very time consuming. This is another reason why I love kettlebells, and why they are my first love; one kettlebell is a simple, compact package of strength, cardio, and power training all rolled into a space saving… Read More

Xena Can Eat Cake. Or in the case of Thanksgiving, PIE, and lots of it. A few weeks ago when I attended Inferno Hot Pilates™ teacher training here in Las Vegas, Gabriella Walters, Owner and Creator of Inferno Hot Pilates™, told the group of instructors a story that I told to Gabi and to my team of StrongFirst Level I Instructor candidates, otherwise known as Team Xena, when she attended her StrongFirst… Read More

A few years ago, in April 2015, I was seated in the exit row on a plane on the way back from teaching my workshop “I Am Not Afraid To Lift” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After I sat down on the plane I looked up to read what I would have to do in case of an emergency and discovered that I would have to lift the airplane door that weighed 22kg… Read More

Last week I had a question on one of my Instagram posts about my hand placement on the kettlebell handle for a clean before a heavy kettlebell military press. YES, there is a purpose to this and YES, for a stronger press, you want the handle to rest in a specific part of your hand, the “sweet spot”, after a clean before a kettlebell military press. Listen in and learn more from… Read More

The Turkish Get-Up is a fantastic movement that, in my book of programming, is very useful and a daily essential for all ages. For adults, the get-up is important because it brings us back to the ground.  As adults we don’t spend enough time doing groundwork, and getting up and down from the ground. Subsequently, we can lose ease with this skill and even lose it completely if we do not practice… Read More

Do you know if I am about to do a kettlebell swing, clean, or snatch in this picture? NO, you don’t and that’s how it should be. All single arm kettlebell ballistics, (e.g. one arm swing, single kettlebell clean, single kettlebell snatch), have one thing in common; the body position on the back swing. Whether you are going to do a single arm kettlebell swing, clean, or snatch the starting body position… Read More