Progressive Calisthenics Certification

I’m excited to announce that my brother Danny and I have partnered up with Dragon Door to bring you the world’s first ever Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC).

The inaugural workshop will be held in St. Paul, MN on June 7-9, 2013. I will keep you posted as more dates are added. (Click here for more information or to reserve your spot.)

The PCC was created by Convict Conditioning author Paul Wade, along with Dragon Door founder John Du Cane and myself. The curriculum covers everything from pull-ups to pistol squats as well as dozens of other bodyweight exercises. (More info on the curriculum can be found here.)

Unlike weight training, where you simply add more weight to the same movements to increase the intensity, progressive calisthenics involves changing your body position to create more or less favorable leverage in order to adjust the resistance.

Through gradually working toward more challenging exercise variations, you can continue to grow stronger without using anything but your own bodyweight.

If you want to know more about how progressive calisthenics works, check out the video below to see me demonstrating a push-up progression from a beginner’s incline push-up, all the way up to some pretty advanced variations.

I’ll be posting new video clips on pull-ups and squats in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Click here for more info about the PCC!

27 thoughts on “Progressive Calisthenics Certification

  • By Andy Fossett -

    Huge congrats! This is very, very exciting to see.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Andy! This is indeed very exciting!

  • By Richard -

    That sounds amazing! I’m sure it ill be a big success!
    Hope the PCC manual will be made available later on for us who cant participate in the live event

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Richard! I believe the manual will be for attendees only, but perhaps that may change.

  • By RobbyTaylor -

    Wow man, this is really cool! Congrats! Hey, just curious, is the self assisted one arm push up simply a different name for an archer push up, or am I missing something?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Robby! The self assisted one arm is like an archer push-up with the opposite hand elevated. They are slightly different – in my next book I’ll break it down a bit clearer than I’m prepared to do in this comment. :)

  • By Isaak Vié -

    really exciting! a trip to the US might be in order then!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks! You should come!

      • By Isaak Vié -

        i wish i could but i can’t afford it this year. am already shelling out shitloads to go to vegas for a stag do (from the UK). but hopefully this will be the first of many more right?

        • By Al Kavadlo -

          There will definitely be more! Maybe you won’t even have to come to the US to attend.

          • By Isaak Vié -

            ooh! even better! looking forward to that! let’s hope we see you soon this side of the pond then!

  • By Mike Fitch -

    So excited for you guys!!!! Glad to know we will both be out on the road spreading the good word next year. Great stuff Al

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Mike! Now is an exciting time for the entire bodyweight community!

  • By Matt -

    Mate, you are a push up machine! If you ever bring the seminar out to Australia you can sign me up.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks! I believe we will be coming to Australia at some point down the line. I’ll let you guys know as soon as more dates are booked.

  • By Carl Lindberg -

    I put my home gym on sale the day after I bought the book CC – it presented theory and ideas I’d been looking for for a long time without knowing it. Needless to say, I still love it. When are you bringing PCC to Europe (or better yet; to Sweden)?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Right on, Carl! Hopefully the PCC will be coming to Sweden (and other European cities) in the months and years to come. I’ll post any new info as soon as it comes to light.

  • By Carl Lindberg -

    I put my home gym on sale the day after I bought the book CC – it presented theory and ideas I’d been looking for for a long time without knowing it. Needless to say, I still love it. When are you bringing PCC to Europe (or better yet; to Sweden)?

  • By GiryaGirl -

    Woooooooooooooooooo!!!!! :) I’m super excited about this new cert!!!! :)

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Haha – I couldn’t tell. 😉

  • By Melanie -

    Hi Al,
    I’m not any kind of trainer or fitness professional, but I’m interested in participating in the course. It seems like the target audience is fairly broad?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Melanie – The PCC is open to anyone who wants to learn advanced bodyweight strength training techniques and principles. You definitely do not have to be a fitness professional to attend!

  • By Anders Randin -

    Hi Al,

    This is exciting!
    I saw that I am not the only Swedish guy interested in this :)
    hope to be able to participate but I need to plan a bit for it to work out…
    A question if I may? : When taking the “Century” test. What kind of grip is allowed for the pullups? Palm facing away or toward you? Or both?
    Take care and keep up the good work!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Anders! Hopefully we’ll make it to Sweden eventually!

      As for the Century, the pull-ups can be done overhand or underhand. More details are here: http://www.alkavadlo.com/2013/01/29/the-century-workout/

      • By Anders Randin -

        Thanks for the Swift reply and the great link as well. I tried the Century at work today but performed it in the wrong order I see now :)
        I almost made it with 9 pullups… the last I came only halfway…
        Well June is a few months away so I hope I still have time to get it nailed :)

  • By HardShellBen -

    Just registered for the St. Paul, Minnesota certification weekend. Couldn’t be more excited!

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