This May 4th, armed with the firepower of strong Hinges, Pull-ups and KB Snatches, 60 SuperHumans arrived at FUELhouse to dominate the StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge. This was our largest TSC to date and we are just giddy about the incredible feats of strength witnessed over the course of 4 hours.
Let’s quickly summarize our results. As a team, we:
Deadlifted: 14,820 pounds
KB Snatched: 5,643 times
Jell-O Shot’d: 145 shots
We are so very honored to have hosted this amazing event. Thank you to each of our Judges, Assists, Volunteers, Spectators. Your service does not go unnoticed- thank you for giving up your Saturday to make this our most successful TSC to date. To our guest athletes- thank you for traveling from near and far (Canada and Alaska!!!) to partake in this incredibly empowering event. We cannot wait to see you next time. Our House is your House. To our FH Students… you inspire us daily. We are so blessed to share the same airspace with you on a weekly basis in our training sessions. Thank you for trusting us and our process and letting us serve you. May the 4th be with you. See you on October 26th!
Molly and the FH Team
The Tactical Strength Challenge is a twice-yearly event with participants all over the globe. For one day in May and October, people on six continents are joined together in three events.
1. The Competitors
For some, the TSC has become their sport. These humans are in it for the competition. Be that to win in their local event, break into the global top ten, or to straight up win their division.
2. A Personal Challenge
Some view it as a personal challenge or as a bit of fun. They might be a non-competitive health-focused trainee who has been convinced to enter by their Coach or training buddies.
3. The Weekend Warriors
These humans don’t train for the TSC specifically, but are generally focused on training for a sport or other physical pursuit. They tend to use the TSC as a six-month ‘status check’ on their general, overall strength and fitness.
Although there is an official, global leaderboard and “division winners,” the TSC isn’t just an event for elite competitors. It has many purposes and applications. Many of these stem from the where and why of its origins. So for a full and deeper understanding, let’s take a trip down memory lane. -Colin Stewart, Sfg II, SFL, SFB
Tactical Strength Challenge History
The Tactical Strength Challenge began in 2002 when StrongFirst’s founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, created it to help military and law enforcement personnel with their preparation for the physical demands of their duty. But what made the TSC so popular is that it brings out the perfect blend of strength and conditioning for all individuals—regardless of background, profession, gender, or size.
Representing each of StrongFirst’s three strength development modalities, the barbell deadlift favors heavier people, the tactical pull-up is easier for lighter-weight folks, and the kettlebell snatches represent the strength endurance component of a well-rounded strength and fitness profile.
The TSC is our triathlon. People train for it year-round, always attempting to beat their prior TSC’s numbers each May and October. The competition between athletes at the top of the leader boards is always fun to watch play out as scores are entered across the world, but the true spirit of the challenge is in the progress of each individual—from attaining their very first pull-up to setting a new personal PR at each event to a room full of cheers…and ultimately advancing into ever-tougher divisions. This IS an event worth training for.