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.

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  • 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.

  • Strength Showdown: Push-up Vs. Bench Press

    Which of these two classic upper-body pushes deserves to be the centerpiece of your program? The answer might surprise you!

  • Al Kavadlo's 20 Pull-Up Challenge

    If you're serious about building real upper-body strength, you owe it to yourself to work up to 20 strict, full-range-of-motion pull-ups. Here's the plan to get you there.

  • 5 Bodyweight Staples Everyone Should Do

    Are you guilty of overcomplicating your bodyweight training with too many goals and fancy movements? Strip away the fluff and work toward mastering these 5 tried-and-true exercises first!

  • How To Train For A One-Arm Pull-Up

    Are you up for a strength journey that might take years to complete? If not, turn back now. But if you're ready, join Al Kavadlo on a quest for the elusive one-arm pull-up!

  • The Perfect Partner Bodyweight Workout!

    If you and your training partner are looking for a challenge, you're in luck! This partner-based bodyweight routine will help you grow—and tackle more advanced moves.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!