Pavel Tsatsouline

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Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. (Belarusian: Павел Цацулін; born August 23, 1969 in Minsk, USSR (now capital of Belarus)) is a fitness instructor from the former Soviet Union. He holds a degree in Sports Science from the Physical Culture Institute in Minsk.[1] He is involved with the evolving field of martial arts fitness and is a proponent of the kettlebell as an exercise and strengthening tool. In 1998, Tsatsouline became a kettlebell instructor in the United States.[2]

In the 1980s Tsatsouline was a physical-training instructor for Spetsnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units.[3]

In 2001, Tsatsouline was voted a "Hot Trainer" by Rolling Stone, pictured with a kettlebell in hand.[4] He has published articles in Milo magazine[5] and Performance Press, as well as being the author of several books on stretching and strength training (see Bibliography).

Tsatsouline's publisher is Dragon Door, owned by John Du Cane. Dragon Door is a website and publishing company generally focused on martial arts and related sports, but also catering to general health, fitness, weight loss, and stress management. Pavel started the Russian Kettlebell Challenge ("RKC"), an advanced kettlebell training certification, with Dragon Door in 2001.

In 2012, Pavel left the RKC and formed a new company, StrongFirst, dedicated to the pursuit, development, and acquisition of strength.



  1. ^ Goode, Stephen. "Pavel Tsatsouline Interview". Insight on the News. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "2012 Teleseminar Interview #4 - Pavel Tsatsouline". Sports Rehab Expert. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Goode, Stephen. "An 'Evil Russian' Trains The Marines: Pavel Tsatsouline, Once an Instructor for Soviet Special-Forces Units That Fought in Afghanistan, Now Teaches Martial Arts to the Corps at the Quantico Marine Base". Insight. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Rolling Stone. August 30, 2001, page 95
  5. ^ "MILO Articles by Topic: General weight training and fitness: Pavel Tsatsouline". MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

External links[edit]

  • "About Pavel". Dragon Door Publications. 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-07.