42 Pavel Tsatouline facts you didn’t KNOW!

I was completely captivated when I first learned about Pavel from watching his videos in the mid 2000s.

After days of tirelessly browsing for ways to improve my strength & conditioning for martial arts, I found the RKC. I found it.

Fast forward 8 years later and kettlebell certifications (the good ones at least) started making their way up north to Canada. I’ve finally stuck my foot in the door and got an HKC under Jon Engum. My only hope one day is to rack up resources, train and pass the SFG.

Pavel has shown me the path to becoming strong (still well on my way). He’s the Bruce Lee of the strength & conditioning world.

I’ve never found such high quality workshops in anything related to movement as found in  Pavel’s organization. It may be the ONLY organization with workshops that actually teaches you how to coach.

With the RKC, StrongFirst, or where ever it may lead, strength is sure to follow. Enjoy this post featuring never before seen facts on Pavel Tsatsouline.

Power to you,



  1. The bottom-up press came to fruition after Pavel couldn’t reach the fire alarm. A 48 kilo was hanging around.
  2. As a toddler, Pavel knocked out a karate instructor while blowing out his birthday cake. At two and half, Pavel received his black belt.
  3. Pavel once told Mark Rippetoe how to start strength.
  4. Forced Relaxation was Pavel’s initial attempt to bring bootcamps to the wellness industry.
  5. Pavel doesn’t go beastmode – beastmode goes Pavel

    Pavel going beastmode at University of Waterloo (KIN dept)

  6. Pavel once survived a month only on a steady diet of deadlifts.
  7. Pavel can be anything he wants to be.
  8. Pavel’s tears can cure weakness. Too bad he’s never cried.
  9. Pavel boils his eggs. Hardstyle.
  10. When Pavel says strength, he means kettlebell. When Pavel says kettlebell, he means strength. So when he tells you to “prepare your strength, press with your kettlebell”, you better know what the f@#$ to do.
  11. Pavel teaches Strength. Strength is grateful to be an SFG.
  12. Pavel once told Richard Simmons to tense his glutes. Richard didn’t like it.
  13. Pavel can speak French… in Russian
  14. Pavel has made Tibetan monks enjoy the pain.
  15. Pavel once worked for a hospital in California. They drastically reduced their need for analgesic. Sissies.
  16. Pavel doesn’t swing kettlebells. He just stares at them until they do what he wants. Pavel_Tsatsouline
  17. When Pavel says “kettlebell clean”, he means it. Start scrubbing.
  18. Pavel is the only man that can give Bane permission to die
  19. A crossfitter once asked Pavel why his swings were funny. Pavel told him Russian joke. The crossfitter laughed.
  20. Pavel brought kettlebells to America. All 54,0649 of them.
  21. Pavel once made Lady GaGa a better man.
  22. Pavel Tsatouline needs no introduction. He tells his story and you listen until the end. Or else.
  23. Pavel has lived more than once. And YOLO had to do 50 push-ups.
  24. Pavel once received multiple gun shots to the abdominals. After 24 hours of agonizing pain, the shooter died of blood loss from the ricochet.PavelTsatsouline-BulletProofAbs
  25. Pavel doesn’t need to breathe. He simply gives permission for oxygen to enter his body.
  26. Pavel has made the Tin-man do the full splits. In 6 months or less.pavelsplits
  27. There’s no such thing as bad form at StrongFirst. It’s called 50 pushups.
  28. Pavel can perform a no-handed swing.
  29. When Dhalsim, Mr. Fantastic, & Plastic Man want to get more flexible, they call Pavel.
  30. Pavel doesn’t play Russian roulette. There are no wrists in kettlebells.
  31. In the year 2020, one does not simply get strong first. One gets Pavelized.
  32. When Pavel performs a kettlebell armbar, the kettlebell taps out from submission.
  33. Fast & Loose was originally devised as a method to combat constipation.Fast___Loose_4e2f629ad1c71
  34. If you deadlift 3 times your bodyweight and Pavel deadlifts 3 times his bodyweight, Pavel is stronger than you.
  35. Pavel doesn’t need a last name. It’s rarely mentioned because it’s afraid to be in his presence.
  36. Behind Pavel’s chest hair is a third fist. It squeezes the fluff for an irradiation effect.
  37. Dan John and Louie Simmons once came over to Pavel’s for dinner. They feasted. On strength.
  38. Weakness checks under his bed every night for Pavel.
  39. When hope is lost, Strength prays for the Pavel to go on.
  40. Pavel’s bloodtype is AK-47.
  41. It was an epic day when the Hulk challenged Hercules to an arm-wrestling competition. Pavel won.
  42. The Turkish Get-Up was named so when Pavel got out of bed one day after being captured in Istanbul during a recon mission.  A 48kg physical restraint was involved.

Got any other Pavel facts? Write em below and I’ll add them to the list!



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11 responses to “42 Pavel Tsatouline facts you didn’t KNOW!

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  5. Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe that
    this amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the info!

    • Thanks! I’ve been debating whether or not to continue this site. Will get back to full on writing soon enough! Expect vids and a whole host of stuff

  6. “When Pavel says “kettlebell clean”, he means it. Start scrubbing.”

    A month after I met Pavel, I made my student do this.

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