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SFG II Kettlebell Certification – Prague, Czechia, October 2-3, 2021

$1,095.00

Take your Kettlebell Instructor skills up to the next level.

StrongFirst’s kettlebell curriculum and training methodology has been developed and refined by our Founder and CEO, Pavel Tsatsouline, for well over a decade. This advanced two-day Certification reinforces the principles and skills learned at the SFG I, then expands on them.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Pavel Macek, StrongFirst Master Instructor

Save $200 if you register by August 21, 2021 (pay only $1095).

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LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Pavel Macek, Master StrongFirst Certified Instructor

LOCATION
KB5 GYM s.r.o.
Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 11
130 00 Prague
Czechia

SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 8 AM – Sunday, October 3, 2021, 6 PM

Save $200 if you register by August 21, 2021 (pay only $1095).

CONTACT
Email with any questions.

SFG II Kettlebell Certification Information

Take your Kettlebell Instructor skills up to the next level.

StrongFirst’s kettlebell curriculum and training methodology has been developed and refined by our Founder and CEO, Pavel Tsatsouline, for well over a decade. This advanced two-day Certification reinforces the principles and skills learned at the SFG I, then expands on them.

At the SFG II, each candidate must recertify their SFG I skills—and then meet an even higher standard of strength, movement skill, and coaching. Like our SFG I Certification, the SFG II is led by our StrongFirst Certified Master Instructors.

The following additional skills will be taught and tested at the SFG II Certification:

  • Double Push Press
  • Double Jerk
  • Double Snatch
  • Windmill
  • Bent Press
  • Bottom-Up Series

Why Attend?

  • Passion. Kettlebell instruction is our passion and ongoing obsession. Our persistent dedication to every detail, combined with our unmatched pedigree and commitment to the highest standards has solidified StrongFirst’s position as the best and most respected kettlebell instructor certification in the world.
  • Focus. After testing the six foundational SFG I movements, we spend the remaining time teaching and testing the more advanced and athletic SFG II movement skills. Like the SFG I, the SFG II is both narrow and deep.
  • Principle. One does not merely “learn more about kettlebells” at the SFG II. The SFG II Instructor Candidate reinforces the principles of strength, and the precise ways in which kettlebells should be used for developing, maximizing, and maintaining strength.
  • People. Our SFG II Certifications are taught by the most qualified and experienced kettlebell instructors on the planet. All those who teach at our SFG II Certifications are qualified SFG II instructors hand-picked by Pavel or Director of Education Brett Jones.
  • Teach others. The SFG II is an Instructor Certification. You will learn new skills and how to teach them to others, but SFG II Candidates themselves will have to meet an even higher standard than they did at the SFG I. They will have to demonstrate increased strength and proficiency in the SFG I skills and proficiency in the SFG II skills. They are required to pass an even harder strength test than at the SFG I, and they must be able to teach all of this to others. Like the SFG I, this Certification must be earned.
  • Grow your business. Demand for more advanced kettlebell instruction continues to grow. Those willing to put in the work and earn the coveted SFG II qualification will be in high demand.
  • Test yourself. Like SFG I, most who attend the SFG II do so to improve their business and their ability to teach others. But many who attend do so to see if they have what it takes to join the elite ranks of the SFG II.
  • Become part of the elite. The SFG II is not for everyone. It’s a difficult instructor qualification that must be earned, not only at the two-day event but in the investment that Candidates must make in themselves to show up at the Certification strong enough to pass.

Sign up and power to you!

SFG II Kettlebell Certification Requirements

Eligibility: You must hold a current SFG I Certification to register to attend the Level II Certification.

SFG II SKILLS

  • Windmill (3 repetitions per side, with snatch test bell)
  • Bent Press (1 repetition on 1 side with a snatch test bell or heavier)
  • Double Snatch (5 repetitions, with one size down from snatch size bells)
  • Double Push Press (5 repetitions, with snatch test bells)
  • Double Jerk (5 repetitions, with snatch test bells)

SFG II STRENGTH: ONE ARM KETTLEBELL CLEAN AND MILITARY PRESS

You will be tested on your military press strength. Men are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/2 their bodyweight. Women are required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/3 their bodyweight. Masters of 50 years of age and older have a separate set of requirements.

Women Women Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 112 16kg
113-126 18kg Up to 122 12kg
127-139 20kg 123-158 16kg
140-152 22kg 159-194 20kg
Over 152 24kg Over 194 24kg
Men Men Masters (50+ years old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell
Up to 117 24kg
118-132 28kg Up to 132 20kg
133-150 32kg 133-150 24kg
151-168 36kg 151-168 28kg
169-185 40kg 169-194 32kg
186-203 44kg Over 194 36kg
Over 203 48kg

RULES

  • Chalk is allowed. Supportive gear of any sort (lifting belts, wrist wraps, etc.) is not.
  • Performance of the press with one arm is sufficient.
  • The student must clean the kettlebell.
  • The student and the kettlebell shall pause motionless before the press.
  • The fist of the pressing hand must be below chin level before the start of the press.
  • Once the kettlebell is in the rack, the knees must stay locked and the feet planted until the student has locked out the press.
  • There may be no downward movement of the kettlebell after the pause in the rack.
  • A minimal back bend is allowed but may not increase in the course of the press.
  • A moderate side bend is allowed.
  • The student may not roll the kettlebell onto the shoulder and press from there.
  • The student shall press the kettlebell overhead until the elbow is locked and pause motionless until the instructor’s ”Down!” command.
  • The student may lower the kettlebell in any safe manner of his choice.

SFG I SKILLS

Currently certified SFG I instructors will retest the following skills with snatch test size kettlebells:
  • Swing (10 repetitions each side)
  • Double Clean (5 repetitions)
  • Press (5 repetitions each side)
  • Double Front Squat (5 repetitions)
  • Snatch (5 repetitions each side)
  • Get up (1 repetition per side)

SFG I PERFORMANCE TESTS

  • The standard Level I snatch test.

SFG I Weights

Weight Kettlebell Snatch Test
Men Open Class Over 100kg/221lb 28kg 100/5min
Men Open Class Over 68kg/150lb and below 100kg/221lb 24kg 100/5min
Men Open Class Up to 68kg/150lb 20kg 100/5min
Men Masters (50-64 years old) 20kg 100/5min
Men Seniors (65+ years old) 20kg 50/3min
Women Open Class Up to 59kg/130lb 12kg 100/5min
Women Open Class Over 59kg/130lb 16kg 100/5min
Women Masters (50-64 years old) 12kg 100/5min
Women Seniors (65+ years old) 12kg 50/3min

Consistent with the SFG Level I certification, you will have to meet the following criteria in order to become an SFG Level II Instructor:

  1. Exhibit safe and efficient technique in the Level II and in the Level I skills.
  2. Demonstrate good judgment, especially concerning safety.
  3. Show a strong spirit.
  4. Demonstrate effective teaching skills.
  5. Pass the strength test.
  6. Pass the snatch test.
  7. Abide by the StrongFirst Code.

RETESTING

Those who fail the strength test will be given six months to retest with a Master or Senior Instructor, or their Team Leader.

Those who fail any skills or the snatch test will have 90 days/3 months to retest with their Team Leader.

Your SFG II Instructor certificate will not be issued until you have passed all the tests. If you have passed the Level I tests, your Level I certificate will be renewed for two years.

TESTING EXEMPTIONS

In rare cases a highly accomplished, national, or international-level coach or athlete may be exempt from the strength or technique tests due to chronic injury. The same exemption is available for veteran military, law enforcement, and first responders. These exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Requests for a testing exemption can be sent here.

SFG II Kettlebell Certification FAQ

Why are the SFG I (level 1) skills re-tested?

Before investing the time and energy needed to teach the more advanced SFG II skills, we want to make sure each SFG II Instructor candidate is still proficient in the SFG I skills. This shows they have maintained and improved their skills and are still committed not only to teaching strength but to being strong themselves.

When and how are the SFG Level I skills tested?

The SFG I skills are tested quickly on the first day, while candidates are still fresh. This test will be administered by our SFG II Instructors and Assistants.

What if I don’t pass the SFG Level I skills during the re-test?

You will have 90 days to pass all skills.

Will I have time to learn the new skills or should I know how to do them in advance?

Like the SFG I, we recommend that all Instructor candidates show up with basic proficiency in the SFG Level II skills. These skills will be refined during the course of the two-day event, but it’s important to have a basic understanding of the skills before we get started.

How long is the SFG II credential valid?

The SFG II credential is good for two years.

Can I attend without testing?

You may! Many people do. Some forego the snatch test. Others forego certain skills testing.

Are spectators permitted?

They are not.

Can I receive the manual in advance?

The manual can only be received at check-in, to ensure that only those who attend the Certification receive it. Many tell us that the manual, by itself, is worth the cost of admission.

How should I prepare?

SFG II is a tough Certification. Like the SFG I, it is earned. It’s important to be strong and proficient in the six SFG I skills as you will be tested on them on day 1. Once you pass the SFG I re-test, you will be taught the more advanced SFG II skills. You will also be tested on your ability to perform these movements and to teach them to others. You will also need to pass a more advanced strength test. Men will need to do a 1/2 bodyweight KB press. Women will need to do a 1/3 bodyweight KB press. For more information on preparing for the SFG II, click here.

What if I don’t pass?

Many people do not pass the SFG II the first time they attend. The biggest cause of failure is the 1/2 or 1/3 bodyweight kettlebell press for men and women respectively. Those who do not pass the kettlebell press have an additional 6 months to achieve this feat of strength.

SFG II preparation advice

The most common reason for failing the Level II is insufficient pressing strength. Take your time to build up your press and remember that there are no shortcuts. As a Russian saying goes, “To press a lot you must press a lot.”

The second most common reason for failing is a tight shoulder girdle and thoracic spine. Do your get-ups, halos, and arm bars.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Pavel Macek, Master StrongFirst Certified Instructor

LOCATION
KB5 GYM s.r.o.
Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 11
130 00 Prague
Czechia

SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 8 AM – Sunday, October 3, 2021, 6 PM

Save $200 if you register by August 21, 2021 (pay only $1095).

CONTACT
Email with any questions.

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