About Al Kavadlo

Al Kavadlo is one of the world’s leading experts in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics.

Al has been featured in The New York Times and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com and TRAIN magazine.

The author of five books, including Zen Mind, Strong Body and Pushing The Limits!, Kavadlo is also known for his appearance in the popular Convict Conditioning book series.

Famous for smiling while performing some of the most difficult bodyweight exercises imaginable, Al has racked up millions of views on his YouTube channel. His no-nonsense approach to fitness and unbridled enthusiasm for calisthenics is tough to ignore!

As lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC), Al gets to bring his unique coaching style to fitness trainers and enthusiasts around the globe. For a list of upcoming workshop dates, click here.

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

    Thanks!  Best of luck with your training!

  • Joel

    Hi Al,I’m 14 , I have started doing your bodyweight exercises and has noticed great improvement in my body.A very big thanks for that.But my doubt is will these exercises stunt my growth.Please reply to it soon

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

    Hey Joel – Welcome to the wonderful world of bodyweight training!  This type of workout will not stunt your growth – that’s just a silly myth.  We’re working out!

  • Joel

    Thanks Al so now on-we”re working out

  • Peter

    Hi Al i want to ask you something.I am trying to perform a front lever but my back ( or waist ) seems to be to weak to еndure my legs.So my question is can you help me with some Kind of training to perform the lever ?

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

    Hi Al, thank you for your great book “Raising The Bar”. Together with CC1 it is the best way for me to do my bodyworkout at home. Please keep on posting your motivational texts and videos. Best regards from Germany, Ralf

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

    Thanks, Ralf!  There’s lots more to come!

  • Geert

    Keep up the good work

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

    Thanks, Geert!

  • Francesco_vaccaro

    i live in montreal and just discovered you, man i am really inspired , i saw you online by accident and the same week ordered convict 2 without knowing you were in it and their you were , i just ordered your book , i am sure it will be top. Please continue what you do , you have  such a nice positive energy and if ever i am in new york i would love a private session with you , one day hopefully we will do cross promo workshops in montreal , have a great day my friend. Namaste 

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

    Thanks, Francesco!  Hope you enjoy Raising The Bar!

  • Sam J

    Hey Al, loving everything about your training and the site! Over here in the UK looking to become a personal trainer and writer with an emphasis on body weight exercise just like yourself. So glad to see perhaps a glimpse of my future!
    You are one of two trainers who are real role models for me who have confirmed that personal training is certainly the career I want. Thank you! Good luck with all your training and work!

    P.s – See pic, I’ll get it yet! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Himanshu-Bharti/100003294137857 Himanshu Bharti

    hay al

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

    If you can hang for 5 seconds then start by building up to longer hangs!  Also work on continuing to cut your weight down.  You should also definitely get a copy of my new book, Raising The Bar.

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

    Thanks, Sam!  Glad to have inspired you!  Keep working your flag – looks like you are close!

  • Sam J

     Thanks pal, those flag ‘push ups’ you’ve hinted at look crazy…will have to get them at some point too!

  • Rob

    Al I did my first jumping muscle-up yesterday. Can’t wait for the real thing

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

    Congrats!  Keep training hard and your day will come!

  • Mike – Southern UK

    Hi Al – absolutely brilliant tutorials and motivational material. Thank you so much. Is any age too old for this kind of stuff? I am 38, 6’0″ and hover around 194lb. In fairly good shape from regular gym work, but always seem to ache like hell after working on the bars. I can manage 12 pull-ups on a good day, but still problems with getting the muscle up. Any tips for getting the necessary good height on the bar in the pull-up phase? Very best wishes to you. 

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

    Thanks, Mike!  You’re never too old to workout: http://www.alkavadlo.com/2011/09/never-too-old-to-workout/

    As for learning the muscle-up, check this out: http://www.alkavadlo.com/2011/02/getting-your-first-muscle-up/

    There’s also lots of info on muscle-ups in my book, Raising The Bar: http://www.dragondoor.com/b63/?apid=4e8cb1ea167b0

  • Pascal

    I Al, I discovered you today from Ed Checo (Barstarzz),
    I’m planing on building a practice spot in the village where I live in Northern Thailand and invite everyone to join.
    Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the awesome workout.

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

    Thanks for the comment, Pascal!  I’m excited for you to build some bars and spread the word in Northern Thailand!

  • Joel Huppe

    Hey Al! I ordered your books and finally finished reading them! I learned a lot and found them very informative. Shortly after reading your book, I went to my local park and did my first Muscle-Up! :) You’ve been an inspiration to me ever since I discovered calisthenics training, good job and keep up the great work! Also can’t wait to buy your new book that will come out in 2013!

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

    Thanks, Joel! Congrats on your first muscle-up and thanks for your support!

  • Mike, UK

    Hey Al – is “Raising the Bar” going to be published in the UK? I would love to get a copy – the US retailers do not seem keen to ship it over here.

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

    Hey Mike – Raising The Bar is available in the UK through Kettlebell Fever: http://www.kettlebellfever.com/raising-the-bar.html

  • JAMES from SINY

    Being that you train people indepently, I had a question pertaining to CPR & AED certifcations. I know they are required when you are employed at a gym as a Personal Trainer, but just curious is it still a requirement? Don’t get me wrong I’m not questioning your position, I was wondering for when I get to that point (which is awhile away) of my PT career.
    Keep up the great work Al, always an inspiration!

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

    Hey James – Any certified personal trainer needs to keep current with their CPR and AED certs. And thanks for the kind words!

  • PoeteMaudite

    I like that you have a very realistic looking body. Strange compliment, But we have a similar build and I’m glad to see that I can still get some nice strength without looking like a roided out ape.

  • Mike, UK

    Thanks Al – I am now the proud owner of a copy and it is already being put to good use. Any tips for tendinitis? One side-effect of pull-ups in the recent past for me has been bouts of this on the right elbow. This is rather annoying as it is limiting me from trying out many of the superb exercises in your work. I’d appreciate any tips you may have. Kind regards.

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  • Dima

    Something happened with my question, so I will post it again if you don’t mind.
    Al, what type of music do you prefer? Who are your favourite musicians?

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

    I like rock music. Some of my favorite artists are Nirvana, Weezer, Tool, Elliott Smith and The Beatles. On a related note, I write, record and perform all the music in my workout videos.

  • Lisa

    I am truly inspired by your workouts and philosophy on life. It seems very natural. Do you feel that an obese woman at age 50 can benefit from this? I have let a lot of time pass. Perhaps now I feel the need to make up for it.

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

    Thanks, Lisa! Do I feel that an obese woman at age 50 can benefit from this? I think you just did! It’s never too late to make a change.

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

    Hey Mike – Glad you’re enjoying my book! The best thing for tendinitis is usually rest. Sorry for the delayed reply.

  • http://www.facebook.com/logan.leaks Logan Leaks

    Hey Al, How long did it take you to get to level five?

  • RobbyTaylor

    If you’re talking about the series in the Mastering Your Bodyweight article, Al is actually proficient at all of the Level 4 exercises, but he will be the first to tell you that the Level 5 skills are so ridiculous because they are listed to show that even someone at his level has limitations and further challenges…actually I guess I’ll be the first to tell you that haha. I know he can do handstand shoulder taps, but I don’t think I’ve seen him hold a strict one arm handstand for time. Concerning strength, the one arm handstand is the easiest of the Level 5 skills, but the balance necessary is just ridiculous. Furthermore, the exercises are in approximate groupings; personally I find the shrimp squat easier than the pistol squat, and I find the back lever and dragon flag notably harder than everything else in Level 3. I’d say, of the remaining 3 skills, the planche is “easiest”, then probably the one arm front lever then the one arm muscle up, which is just stupid insane hard. Although, he didn’t include the one arm planche…but of course there are *always* more challenges, he didn’t include the C.T.I. either!

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

    Logan – This comment made my day!

    Robby is right though, I don’t have any of those level five skills down and that’s what makes them Level Five! Level five is always going to be a little out of reach – that’s the whole point – to keep pushing yourself. As I often say “Level five – Keep the dream alive!”

  • http://www.makavelina.cz/ Nina_CZ

    Hi Al! Just found you on youtube while looking for a different tutorials for PullUp practice :) Love your attitude and energy, subscribed to your channel and bookmarking your website :) Thanks for sharing the good stuff :) Greetings from Czech Republic! :)

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

    Thanks for the comment, Nina!

  • siddhnt pardeshi

    Hi AL sir , i am siddhant your friend on face book I’m 20 year old sir my question is

    i am doing pull ups every day in mornig i am getting more stranth but sir problem is sometime musterbution is done by me twice in month but when i do musterbuton aftrer some i get looseness in my body i m not able to do push ups or workout so what shold i do for my body means how to increas my stranth so give advice what shold i take in my breakfast or for diet and i am vegetable i don’t take meat .

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

    So you’re saying you don’t have the energy for both working out and jerking off? That’s a tough choice!

  • http://www.goldmedalbodies.com/ Andy Fossett

    Nothing wrong with a little extra grip work. Just make sure you save that for after your regular training and you should be fine.

  • Rivu

    What your current height and weight after years of progressive calisthenics????

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  • Matt

    Hi Al, I stumbled across you in CC2 and from there found your site and I haven’t looked back! I was working out with weights and day by day losing motivation to continue but bodyweight workouts and your site have reinvigorated me and now I look forward to working out everyday as I build my way up to things like muscle ups, flags etc. Thanks for all the info and I look forward to reading the rest of the site!

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

    Thanks, Matt! Glad to have inspired you!