Course: StrongFirst Teaching Principles

Lead Instructors:  Brett JonesJohn Spezzano
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As Students of Strength, we embrace—and quite possibly thrive from—the responsibility to "walk the talk" as we pursue, practice, and promote our principles and the greater purpose that strength serves. But we equally recognize that all walks of students—from aspiring instructors and competitive athletes to everyone else—entrust us with the opportunity to improve or transform their lives. So to deliver exceptional learning experiences, we must continually strive to be better coaches and teachers. Having knowledge is one thing. Helping someone benefit from it is clearly another. This online course is designed to help you bridge the gap and be an even more successful StrongFirst certified instructor.

Drawing from our years of StrongFirst teaching experiences as well as from modern research, this course presents established principles and practical techniques to build and refine your (or your team's) instruction skills toolbox. Not only will you develop consistent teaching practices, but you will also learn how to focus on providing the best means of safely assisting students in their learning and training. These principles and techniques are the backbone of what makes StrongFirst the gold standard in teaching kettlebell, barbell, and bodyweight training.

Course Lessons (2)

Part of Course

Module 1: Systemized Teaching

Teaching and instructing is no different. There is a framework—or science—for teaching that provides consistency, safety, and results. And there is an improvisation—or art—to teaching that adapts to the student in front of you.
Part of Course

Module 2: StrongFirst Teaching Principles

Teaching is an art that must adapt to the subject and individual—without them, there is nothing and no one to teach. But this art is supported by principles.

Course Specs

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic.
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course.
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills.
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material.

Test Your Knowledge

There are not currently any tests related to this course.

Lead Instructors

Brett Jones

Director of Education and StrongFirst Certified Master Instructor

Brett Jones, MS, ATC, CSCS, is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Brett is currently the Director of Education for StrongFirst and presenter and advisory board member for Functional Movement Systems.


John Spezzano

StrongFirst Certified Senior Instructor

John Spezzano has been a student of martial arts for the last 35 years and a student of strength for over a decade. Covering as many combat bases as possible, John has instructor certificates in Filipino Martial Arts, Pencak Silat and Jeet Kune Do from Guro Dan Inosanto, Muay Thai from Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Wing Chun from Sifu Francis Fong, a Silver Glove in Boxe Francaise Savate from Professor Nicolas Saignac, and a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Shawn Williams.