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Pavel Tsatsouline (born Aug. 23, 1969 in Minsk, USSR) is a fitness instructor and a nationally ranked kettlebell competitor in the former Soviet Union[citation needed]. He is involved with the evolving field of martial arts fitness and is a major proponent of the traditional Russian fitness tool, the kettlebell, as an exercise and strengthening tool.

Tsatsouline was a physical training instructor for the spetsnaz[1]. He has trained personnel from the U.S. Army,[2] U.S. Marine Corps, the National Nuclear Security Administration / U.S. Department of Energy, and the US Secret Service[citation needed].

He was voted a "Hot Trainer" by Rolling Stone in 2001.[3]

Tsatsouline has published articles in Milo magazine[4] and Performance Press.

Pavel's publisher is Dragon Door, owned by John Ducane. 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.



  1. Goode, Stephen (December 3, 2001). 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 on the News. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.
  2. Hass, Tyler (Issue 1). Exclusive Interview with the "Evil Russian" Pavel Tsatsouline. GIREVIK Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.
  3. Rolling Stone. August 30, 2001, page 95
  4. MILO Articles by Topic: General weight training and fitness: Pavel Tsatsouline. MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes. Retrieved on 2008-04-07.

External links[]

  • About Pavel. Dragon Door Publications (2003). Retrieved on 2008-04-07.