This weekend, I completed my StrongFirst Level 1 Kettlebell Certification. I was under incredible leadership; Senior SFG Pavel Macek is an inspiring instructor. My assistants, Derek Toshner, Steven Knuth and TJ Lawson are patient and exceptionally knowledgable. My teammates were humble and encouraging. I lucked out BIG time.

This weekend, I was with my best friends. I was with the two people who have encouraged and pushed me more than anyone. I would not have gone to the certification without them. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness” (Oscar Wilde) and I find myself mimicking everything that Tracy Cook (SFGII) and my instructor, Zack Henderson (SFGII) do. I cannot say enough about how incredible Zack’s teaching is. He prepared me for this weekend more than I ever could have asked. I can trust him with any goal that I set.

This weekend, I made it a goal to be brave. I have the tendency to doubt myself in all situations and I noticed that frequently throughout the instruction and testing. Even in the midst of my doubt, I am going to power through. I am going to be the strongest version of myself (inspired by Elliott Hulse), I am going to be stronger than I look (inspired by Zack Henderson), I am going to choose strength, I am going to choose bravery.

This weekend, I became even more solidified in my identity: being a student of strength. After this weekend, I’m choosing to make it my mission to teach strength.

I am proud to be StrongFirst.