Al Kavadlo Summer 2012 Update

It’s hard to believe 2012 is more than halfway over already. But hey, time flies when you’re working out!

This has been a busy year for me and I’ve got a lot to keep myself occupied throughout the foreseeable future. In addition to my personal training clients and my own personal training, I have a couple major projects in the works.

RTB DVD!
Production has already begun on the companion DVD to my recent book, Raising The Bar, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are coming together. The DVD will feature my brother Danny and me demonstrating all the essential moves from the book, as well as some exercises that will be exclusive to the DVD. In addition to writing and starring in the DVD, I’m also the director and editor, so I’ve got a lot of work to do. But it’s fun work, kinda like pull-ups.

Pushing The Limits!
I’ve begun writing a new book, tentatively titled, Pushing The Limits! Total Body Strength With No Equipment. Where Raising The Bar is all about exercises that can be done on a pull-up bar, Pushing The Limits! will focus on floor exercises that require no equipment at all. Push-ups, squats and inversions will be the three main types of exercises discussed.

The DVD will likely be released this fall, with the new book coming Spring 2013. Both products will be distributed by Dragon Door Publications. As soon as I have more information, I will share it here.

In the meantime, check out this video of one of my recent no-equipment training sessions:

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  • T.I.

    Great stuff Al! You’re an inspiration to all of us trying to master our bodyweight, train minimal and be healthy!

  • Tom

    Will the dvd also be available as a download? and looking forward to the new book!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, T.I. – We’re working out!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Tom!  I’m not sure yet about the digital download but I’ll let you know when I know.

  • Patrick723123

    amazing!!!do elbow lever on fingers 
    super power  good!!!

  • JAG

    I’d like to start bar work, but my elbows have always complained in the past when I did pullups.  Any suggestion for starting slowly to prevent issues from flaring up?

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Patrick!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Well just what you said, to start slowly.  Depending on where you are at, that could mean just doing some dead hangs or possibly doing a few sets of pull-ups but staying away from going to failure.

  • Anil

    Thanks for the post, the DVD sounds exciting! Take care.

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Anil!  I’m very excited about the DVD!

  • Rob White

    Cant wait to hear more about the contents of the Pushing the Limits book Al!

    Finger tip moves seem to be becoming a speciality of yours.

  • Rob White

    Forgot to add – love the sun salute warmup!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Rob!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Rob!  Keep your eye out for a post about fingertip training here sometime in the next few weeks.

  • Horizonbreakk

    Awesome News AL!

    Stay Awesome!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks!  I hope to!  :)

  • Masa

    You really motivating me and make my training more interesting and functional. I am still struggling with arm-extended frogstand and pull-up but really enjoying my journey and process. You give me inspiration and I also want to give someone inspiration.

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Masa!  Keep training hard and pass that inspiration along!

  • k

    Can’t wait for your DVD and book! Loved your first book!

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks!

  • Rod

    Bring on your DVD …can’t wait.

  • http://www.AlKavadlo.com/ Al Kavadlo

    Thanks, Rod! It’ll be worth the wait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robby-Taylor/44409147 Robby Taylor

    I was experiencing this same problem when I was first able to do muscle ups. What I found helpful was to continue focusing on pull ups, and I found that adding weight allowed me to get stronger without flaring my elbows (weighted pull ups don’t strain the elbows as much as bodyweight muscle ups). Periodically I would do muscle ups, building up my conditioning for the exercise, but whenever my elbows started to flare, I would stop and not attempt them again until my elbows were totally fine again.

    In your case, you may want to try the same strategy, scaled down. Focus on your Australian pull ups, and make them more difficult by elevating your feet more or wearing a weight vest or something. But, periodically, do some chin ups (it’s usually a good idea to get comfortable with chin ups before you try to tackle pull ups; both are excellent variations it’s just that chin ups are a bit easier on the joints and the load is spread out more evenly among the involved muscles), and just back off when your elbows start to flare. In total, this will allow you to continue building your pulling strength at a steady pace, while also allowing you to gradually increase your joint strength. It won’t be long before you will be able to start repping out sets of pull ups ;) !