Al Kavadlo, CSCS is one of the world's leading experts in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics. His no-nonsense approach to fitness is tough to ignore.


Al Kavadlo, CSCS is one of the world's leading experts in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics. The author of three books, including Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics and Pushing The Limits! - Total Body Strength With No Equipment, Kavadlo is also known for his work in the popular Convict Conditioning book series.

As a personal trainer, Al has worked one-on-one with all types of clients. His no-nonsense approach to fitness and unbridled enthusiasm for calisthenics is tough to ignore. Famous for smiling while performing some of the most difficult bodyweight exercises imaginable, Al has racked up millions of views on YouTube.

As the lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC), Al gets to bring his unique coaching style to fitness trainers and enthusiasts around the globe.

To find out more about Al, visit his blog,



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In Pursuit Of Bodyweight Perfection
Are your numbers on the classic bodyweight movements puffed up with some subpar reps? Here are the techniques standards you should be meeting to earn the respect of the masters!
Section: Training :: Mar 17, 2015

A Push-up For Every Occasion: 8 Variations For Strength, Power, Flexibility And More!
If you only know a couple of push-up varieties and can keep repping them forever, you need a new challenge. Al Kavadlo has one?and then seven more!
Section: Training :: Feb 10, 2015

Why Bodyweight Training? My Top 5 Reasons For Practicing Calisthenics
Why train with bodyweight? Al Kavadlo explains the top 5 reasons why calisthenics may be the perfect workout for you.
Section: Training :: Jan 09, 2015

Bodyweight Supersets For Super Strength!
Supersets aren't just for burning out your arms with dumbbells. You can use them to get the most out of big-bang calisthenics classics, too! Al Kavadlo is here to show you how.
Section: Training :: Dec 22, 2014

4 Bodyweight Sticking Points Solved!
Don't let the difficulty of advanced calisthenics movements make you believe they're out of reach. Get systematic about building your skills, and you'll have strength, athleticism, and the aesthetics to match!
Section: Training :: Oct 20, 2014

How To Perform A Full Squat And Reap The Benefits
Looking for a mobility goal that will have immediate carryover to your workouts and your life? Start with a full, resting bodyweight squat. The benefits are incredible!
Section: Training :: Sep 08, 2014

Wheels Of Steel: Al Kavadlo's Bodyweight Legs Workout
No squat rack? No worries! You don't need fancy weights or Olympic bars to build a pair of high-performance wheels. Here's the ultimate bodyweight leg workout.
Section: Training :: Aug 25, 2014

Bodyweight Bonus: 5 Show-Off Moves With Practical Benefits
Calisthenic training doesn't end with push-ups, pull-ups, and pistols. Advanced practitioners pack the Internet with showy moves that boggle the mind and set the bar ever higher. Here are 5 visual feats you should consider putting in your sights!
Section: Training :: Jul 07, 2014

The 5-Move Full-Body Playground Workout
The playground isn't just for kids and dogs. Ignore the funny looks and use this great public training space to your advantage with guidance from Al Kavadlo!
Section: Training :: Jun 06, 2014

New Ways To Build Bodyweight Strength!
Bodyweight training has its own set of rules when it comes to things like progressions, 1RMs, reps, and rest. Learn the ropes from the man who teaches bodyweight mastery worldwide!
Section: Training :: May 05, 2014

Jump Training: The 4-Move No Equipment Leg Workout
Who says you can't build athletic legs with bodyweight training alone? Blast off into new strength, size, and power by adding a plyometric twist to your lunges and squats!
Section: Training :: Apr 04, 2014

Bodyweight Bust! Four Bodyweight Training Myths Debunked
Don't believe that high-level calisthenics are only for athletes who look a certain way. Everyone can benefit from the unique challenges that come with bodyweight training!
Section: Training :: Feb 25, 2014

Stretching For Strength: A Better Way To Approach Flexibility Training
Reports of stretching's demise have been greatly exaggerated. In this excerpt from Al Kavadlo's new book, the bodyweight training chief helps you build an effective, personalized practice!
Section: Training :: Jan 27, 2014

Push Yourself: The One-Arm Push-Up And Beyond
Sometimes the toughest strength moves don't involve any iron at all. Heed the call of the one-arm push-up and discover how tough progressive calisthenics can be!
Section: Training :: Jan 02, 2014

Ask Al: 4 Burning Bodyweight Questions Answered!
Feeling daunted by human flags, toes-to-bar, and strict muscle-ups? You're not alone. Al Kavadlo has seen it all and can help you troubleshoot your bodyweight work.
Section: Training :: Dec 10, 2013

5 For A 6-Pack: The 5 Best Bodyweight Ab Moves!
Don't just work for abs that look strong. Set your sights on a bodyweight strength goal like a front lever or dragon flags, and build abs as strong as they look!
Section: Training :: Oct 28, 2013

Pistol Perfect: One-Legged Squats And Beyond
Pistol squats pop up all over the place, but that doesn't make this classic movement any easier. Commit, do the work, and let Al Kavadlo be your guide!
Section: Training :: Sep 23, 2013

Ask Al: 4 Solutions To Advanced Bodyweight Dilemmas
Advanced bodyweight training can seem like a world unto itself. Luckily, you have Al Kavadlo as your guide! Try these solutions to common hurdles in the pistol squat, hanging leg raise, and pull-ups.
Section: Training :: Aug 19, 2013

Bodyweight Bodybuilder: The Mass-Building Calisthenic Workout
Bodyweight training isn't just for martial artists and other wiry athletes. Match the perfect movement with the right rep scheme, and build muscle without any equipment!
Section: Training :: Jul 15, 2013

Hang Tough: A One-Move Isometric Core Solution!
Advanced bodyweight maneuvers are some of the ultimate strength tests, because trying to cheat will just leave you flat on your back. Meet the front lever, an isometric core massacre that will show you what you’re made of!
Section: Training :: Jun 13, 2013

Turn Your Presses Upside Down And Master The Handstand!
Handstands are more than just a showpiece. They're a fantastic strength skill that pays off in increased strength, balance, and mobility. All you need to start is a wall!
Section: Training :: May 22, 2013

Body Double: Bodyweight Alternatives To Strength Training Classics
Looking to for a new challenge to put in your program? Take a break from the iron and test yourself with bodyweight counterparts. It's time to pull up or shut up!
Section: Training :: Apr 29, 2013

Your Hidden Source Of Strength: 3 Steps To Better Breathing
Some of the most difficult strength feats involve no weight at all. To master the one-armed push-up and one-legged squat, you have to dig deep and find new power sources!
Section: Training :: Apr 08, 2013

Bodyweight Blast: 3 Rules For Building Strength Without Weights!
Looking for a new way to maximize your strength and mobility at the same time? Drop the weights and use what God gave you. It’s harder than you think!
Section: Training :: Mar 14, 2013