Pavel Tsatsouline’s father is a fanatic of self-improvement. It is mainly due to his father that Pavel began to have interest in martial arts and physical conditioning. Naturally, Pavel’s early training is military style physical training: pull-ups, one-legged squats and running. It is only later in his teens, he began to start getting into kettlebells.
When Pavel first came to America, he opened his first gym inside an abandoned bank vault – ‘courage corner’ as Pavel called it. For him it was a perfect place. The vault is almost sound-proof; you can drop any weights without anyone hearing. He started with basic equipments such as barbells, pull-up stand and power rack. Just to add ‘kicks, Pavel displayed a book titled The History of Torture on his desk
Pavel is a very resourceful person, he believe that you should not limit yourself. When he first got to America, he trained on the children’s playground. For weight training, he lifted whatever objects he can get his hands on. He made makeshift rings out of nylon webbings tied them to the doorway of a storage locker; though later it proved to be a bit too smart for himself as the nooses tightened around his wrists – leaving him stuck in the doorway.
He used to do dead-lifts and heavy ab work with Bullet-Proof Abs in his bank vault – followed by a kettlebell workout. Nowadays, his training is a mixture of kettlebells, dead-lifts, pull-ups, pistols, heavy abs.
Pavel method is very diverse – everything from yoga techniques to old school power lifting. He mastered the theory and practice of weight training. He gain knowledge from everywhere he can find them – from Russian textbook, neuroscience journal, pre World War II Strength & Health, and even his website’s forum.
It’s fair to say that Pavel is well-versed in the subject of strength training and human body. Pavel understand the different dynamics between training a civilians and a soldier. He explained that an athlete has the luxury to gain strength by having large muscles, but that’s not the case for a soldier. In wartime muscle rapidly melts away. Most soldiers suffer from malnutrition, sleep deprivation, and stress. A soldier must gain strength by retraining his nervous system to contract his, even shrunken, muscles harder.
If you have any doubts on Pavel Tsatsouline credential, get this: Pavel is subject matter expert to the U.S. Marine Corps, the National Nuclear Security Administration/U.S. Department of Energy, and the US Secret Service.