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Pavel Tsatsouline

Pavel Tsatsouline (Belarusian: Павел Цацулін, translit. Paveł Caculin) is the Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc., a fitness instructor who has introduced SPETSNAZ training techniques from the former Soviet Union to US Navy SEALs , Marines and Army Special Forces, and shortly thereafter to the American public.Tsatsouline is particularly notable for popularizing the kettlebell in the modern era in the West, most notably through his books and through a series of instructional videos, delivered with his trademark comedic intent, comically exploiting Russian stereotypes with a thick accent, a dungeon-esque setting, and frequent use of the word "comrade".


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Ep 57: Pavel Tsatsouline Answers Your 15 Most Popular Exercise Questions
The Tim Ferriss Show
By popular demand, this is a follow-up episode with Pavel Tsatsouline, a world-class strength coach. In this ep, he answers your 15 most popular questions, as voted on by nearly 1,000 of you. Show notes and links for both of Pavel's episodes can be found here:
Ep 55: The Science of Strength and Simplicity with Pavel Tsatsouline
The Tim Ferriss Show
This episode was a real treat.  It was one of the most enlightening and lucid conversations about physical training I've ever had.  Show notes and links from this episode can be found here. Pavel Tsatsouline is Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. and was born in Minsk, USSR, which is now part of Belarus.  In the 1980s, he was a physical-training instructor for Spetnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units. Pavel is now a subject matter expert to the US Marine Corps, the US Secret Service, and the US Navy SEALs, and he is widely credited with introduced the now ubiquitous kettlebell to the United States.  Over the last several years, Pavel has become a friend, and his input was critical to the success (and experiments) of The 4-Hour Body. Whether you've heard of him or not, prepare to have your mind blown, and I don't say that lightly :) All episodes and show notes can be found at
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Aug 23rd, 1969
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2 hours, 26 minutes