Al Kavadlo, CSCS


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.



  • 4 Ways to Modify Any Exercise for Your Needs and Goals

    Body weight and weights have more in common than you might think! Understanding these universal strength-training principles will allow you to adapt any exercise to your needs and unlock your full strength potential.

  • 5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Fitness Goals, And What to Do About It

    Many people make these common fitness mistakes without even knowing it. You might be one of them!

  • True Confessions Of A Personal Trainer

    Al Kavadlo isn't just a bodyweight specialist. He's a personal trainer with 15 years in the trenches. Here are three hard truths he's learned along the way!

  • Are Pistol Squats Dangerous?

    Is the classic single-leg bodyweight squat worth having in your wheelhouse? Calisthenics expert Al Kavadlo breaks down the pros and cons.

  • The Best Bodyweight Exercises You're Not Doing (But Should Be)

    Want strength AND functionality? Try adding these moves to your program; they're tougher than you might think!

  • 4 Easy Ways To Add More Training To Your Life

    Quality training doesn't have to be a complicating factor in your life. When your body is your weight, it's far simpler than you think. Let bodyweight guru Al Kavadlo show you how!

  • The Top 5 Newbie Calisthenics Mistakes

    Bodyweight specialist Al Kavadlo has taught calisthenics to thousands of people, and he sees these same five mistakes again and again. Could you be guilty of some of them yourself?

  • Five Advanced Pull-Up Variations For Building Muscle And Strength

    Think you need weights to progress your pull-ups? Think again! Bodyweight wizard Al Kavadlo shows you 5 advanced pull-ups to take your progress and gains to the next level.

  • 4 Jump-Rope Techniques To Burn Fat And Improve Athleticism

    Jumping rope isn't just for kids. It's a fantastic way to build stamina and athleticism, burn fat, and start or finish any workout. Here are the fundamentals you need, and how to progress them!

  • Sculpt Your Six-Pack With Ab-Wheel Roll-Outs

    Although ab wheels may seem like just another fitness gimmick, they're anything but. Give them a try and get ready for one of the most intense core workouts ever!

  • 5 Simple Ways To Progress Your Push-up

    If you're crushing push-ups by the dozen, it may be time to give yourself a new challenge. Finding the next progression is as simple as moving your hands or feet!

  • Get The Benefits Of Deadlifts Without Weights

    For many strength aficionados, the deadlift is a non-negotiable part of training. Calisthenics specialist Al Kavadlo questions the conventional wisdom and gives you bar-free alternatives to build a strong backside!

  • Winter Warrior: Build Immunity, Energy, And Strength With Cold Training

    Cold training is a hot topic these days! Bodyweight guru and noted minimalist Al Kavadlo explains how and why you should spend some time in the cold this winter.

  • The Best Motivational Tip Ever

    A dream that's yours alone can seem elusive and distant. But when someone else is hammering at the same dream, incredible results can happen quickly. Team up to conquer big lifts and big goals.

  • Strength Showdown: Handstand Push-up Vs. Military Press

    It's time to settle once and for all which is the best overhead pressing movement. Let's break down the pros and cons of these two strength-training staples and see which prevails!

  • Strength Showdown: Pull-Ups Vs. Pull-Downs

    What's the best vertical pulling movement? It's time to settle this argument once and for all. Let's break down the pros and cons of these two strength-training staples and see which one prevails.

  • The Amazing Benefits Of The World's Oldest Exercise

    Think walking is a boring waste of time? Think again. Bodyweight specialist Al Kavadlo gives you good reason to get out and go for a stroll.

  • 4 Ways To Customize Bodyweight Training For Your Goals

    Don't limit yourself to certain inflexible goals, rep ranges, or locations. The beauty of bodyweight training is that it can grow with you—and go with you!

  • 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!

  • Master The Muscle-Up In 3 Steps

    A smooth, strong muscle-up is an inspiring sight, and an even more inspiring achievement. But it doesn't happen by accident! Here's how to get over the bar for the first time.