Why Train for the TSC?

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By now, we know that the Tactical Strength Challenge is:

  1. Max Deadlift
  2. Max Number of Pullups OR Max Time for Flexed Arm Hang
  3. Max Number of Snatches for 5-minutes

Flexed Arm Hang or Pull-Ups

What makes the TSC special?

Strong people will naturally do well in the deadlift, but they may not do well in the pull-ups. People with bodyweight strength will naturally do well in the pull-ups and flexed arm hang, not necessarily in the deadlift. The snatch is like a mile sprint – it’s tough for everybody!



To do well in all 3, you have to be strong for one rep (deadlift), strong for multiple reps (pull-ups), and have some endurance (snatch).

I say, that’s what makes the TSC “special”. It’s also what makes it tough for everyone.



Runners sign up for running races because that’s what they do. Cyclists ride to San Diego and back because that’s what they do. The TSC has a challenge for everyone!

Challenge yourself. Compete this year!

Sign up to compete and sign up to train with us (training program provided by Val)

TSC & Fall Challenge

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Fall 1-2-3 Challenge

Kids are back to school and we’re ready to get back into the routine.

We like to kick off every fall with a Challenge.

This year is no different with the Fall 1-2-3 Challenge

How it works:

  1. Choose a Strength Goal
    • Deadlift, Pullups, Squat, Pistol Squat, Pushups, Press…
  2. Choose a Cardio Goal
    • # of swings or snatches in 5 min
  3. Choose a Body Composition Goal
    • inches, pounds, & bodyfat percentage

What you’ll get:

  • Initial Personal Session with one of us to measure & do goal setting
  • Class workouts designed to help you meet your goals
  • Homework to increase your chances of meeting your goals
  • Facebook Group Page for accountability
  • Nutrition Guidance
  • Weekly emails with recipes & tips
  • Final Session to measure



Tactical Strength Challenge


AKA the TSC. As promised, we’re doing it again! October 31st is the date of the official Challenge – check out the StrongFirst TSC page for official information.

What it is:

A competition that takes place every April & October with the worldwide StrongFirst community. The focus is on three types of training; max strength, bodyweight strength, and cardiovascular strength.

The lifts are:

  1. Max Barbell Deadlift
  2. Max Number of Kettlebell Snatches in 5min
  3. Max Number of Dead-hang Overhand Grip Pullups (or timed Flexed Arm Hang)

The challenge will take place at gyms around the world on October 31st, 2015.

We have a lot of people training for it. If you haven’t yet signed up… Click here to sign up for the training.

To compete on October and get your official TSC t-shirt,register with StrongFirst (but not today… we’re not an official host yet)

You’ll get homework & we’ll have times on the schedule set aside for you to come in to the gym to work on the lifts with me. We’ll go over Barbell Deadlift technique, snatch technique, and you’ll have planned training.

Email me at with any questions about how to sign up and we’ll get started!



Want to do both?!

They compliment each other really well. And if you do both, you get everything above! TSC training plan, extra times on the schedule to train, nutrition guidance… everything described above!