Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics



Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics
is now available from Dragon Door Publications!


Click here to purchase and download the ebook now!


Here is what people are saying about Raising The Bar:

“With Raising The Bar, Al Kavadlo has put forth the perfect primal pull-up program. Al’s progressions and demonstrations make even the most challenging exercises attainable. Anyone
who is serious about pull-ups should read this book.”

—Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint

Raising The Bar is very likely the most important book on strength and conditioning to be published in the last fifty years. If you only ever get your hands on one training manual in your
life, make it this one. Buy it, read it, use it. This book has the power to transform you into the ultimate bar athlete.”

—Paul “Coach” Wade, author of Convict Conditioning

“Al has put together the companion manual for all the crazy bar calisthenics videos that you find yourself watching over and over again—a much needed resource. Within this book is a huge volume of bar exercises that will keep your pull-up workouts fresh for years, and give you some
insane goals to shoot for.”

—Max Shank, Senior RKC, Owner of Ambition Athletics


Click here to purchase and download the ebook now!

57 thoughts on “Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics

  • By Danielearl93 -

    Al,
    This looks incredible! I read the full description @ DD and got pretty excited. Turns out I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while now.
    I know you specialize in bar calisthenics, but do you have any kind of plans for a book on lower body training?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Daniel!  I’ve got a lot more books in me.  I’m sure I’ll do a book that deals with leg training at some point.

  • By Patrice Mobarak -

    And… bought!

    • By Patrice Mobarak -

       Just finished reading it, great read (very easy to understand), can’t wait to get started!

      • By Al Kavadlo -

        Wow – you read FAST!!!  Glad you liked it!

  • By Alexandre -

    Bought too. I will print and read it tomorrow !
    Good job !!!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Fantastic!  Hope you like it!

  • By Claus -

    Bought!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Claus!

      • By Claus -

        Hey Al, now I’ve also read it! Very cool book! I think the best part is that your fitness philosophy is so down to earth. My favorite picture is the one with you smiling at your salad:-)

        Just a question… You recommend the Back to Basics-routine… Do you think it would be overkill to add handstand pushups to that routine for the same sets/reps?

  • By Rich Mohr -

    Thanks for such a great book Al! 
    I’m definitely using this info in my training from now on! Now I just gotta find a straight bar here in Chicago, lol! All the parks I’ve seen have converted all the equipment to “child safe” plastic. 
    I’ve been trying to do my pull up work on the basement of my apartment building. The laundry room has exposed metal girders and I can only do a pinch grip. My gym has those various pull up grips by the cable machines but nothing I’ve seen close to a straight bar.
    No worries though, as I search for a good straight bar I can focus on dropping more bodyfat!
    Keep up the excellent work! Once I get to doing muscle-ups, I’m coming to NY and hopefully I can get a training session from you.

    Keep strong!

    Rich

    • By Primal Rick -

       I hear ya Rich, we have one straight bar around here, but its only 6 feet off the ground.

    • By guest -

      if your gym has a smith machine you can raise it to the top notch and use that as a straight bar.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Rich!  Let me know when you’re in NYC.

      The smith machine idea mentioned below is a good one, but I like the pinch grip on the girders idea, too.  Doing them like that can build monstrous hand strength!

  • By Rich Mohr -

    Thanks for such a great book Al! 
    I’m definitely using this info in my training from now on! Now I just gotta find a straight bar here in Chicago, lol! All the parks I’ve seen have converted all the equipment to “child safe” plastic. 
    I’ve been trying to do my pull up work on the basement of my apartment building. The laundry room has exposed metal girders and I can only do a pinch grip. My gym has those various pull up grips by the cable machines but nothing I’ve seen close to a straight bar.
    No worries though, as I search for a good straight bar I can focus on dropping more bodyfat!
    Keep up the excellent work! Once I get to doing muscle-ups, I’m coming to NY and hopefully I can get a training session from you.

    Keep strong!

    Rich

  • By Primal Rick -

    Commented on the Dragon Door website. Love it!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks for the great review, Rick!  And congrats on the one arm pull-up!!!

  • By Primal Rick -

    By the way, I hit my first single arm pull up earlier tonight. Thanx Al!

  • By Vattic -

    Hey Al, bought your book yesterday while at work on my lunch break and could hardly drag myself away from the computer to go back to work. Read it all through last night, just want to say congratulations on an excellent piece of work. I think I’m gonna go do some dips!

    Aside from the work out stuff, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your choice of chapter opening quotes too, inspiring as always dude.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Vattic!  It makes me really happy to read such nice comments!  I’m especially glad you mentioned the quotes – lots of thought went into selecting each of them.

      • By Vattic -

         As a fellow English Lit graduate I really appreciated them, hehe. Especially the Spiderman one.

  • By Luiz -

    Al! Congratulations! Every day more strong, more precise movements, more control and more creative. You and your brother are one of the best professionals in the area, and great inspirations!

    Brother, I have a doubt, I’m taking my training seriously and I have many tattoos, I’ll soon be going to finish them, my tattoos are very large and are going to be painted, how many days min rest until I have to go back to my workouts?
    Thanks for everything!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Luiz!  You’ll probably need to take some time off from training to let your new ink heal up, though like everything else, there is no set rule that applies to all situations.  Depending on the size and placement of the piece you might need as long as a week off.  I actually blogged about this topic a while back: http://www.alkavadlo.com/2011/06/getting-a-tattoo

    • By Luiz -

      Thanks brother! After the end of the session of painting I go post the link to the photo for you see the art!

  • By CJ -

    Al, in the “make your own workout”-part with levels 1-5, do you recommend that I take all the exercises in level 3 for instance and do those exercises as a routine for the recommended sets and reps? Or is the point to chose some of them? 

    I’m at level 3 in general, but some exercise I’m at level 1 ( elbow levers) and some I’m at level 4 (handstand pushups). You write that I can mix and match between levels, but I’m a confused whether each level represent a “routine” or just a bunch of exercises approx. at the same difficulty level? Hope I get my point across:-)  

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey CJ – The levels represent exercises that are at approximately the same difficulty level – not necessarily a set routine.

  • By Tom -

    Just got this book as a birthday present from my parents! 😀 I got We’re Working Out last year, and I liked it alot. I’m 19 years old and joining the military next year, can’t be training pull ups enough 😀 Hope someday I’ll meet you in person to train with you. It’s amazing how you can inspire people, keep it up. I’m going to start reading now 😉

    Greets from Belgium

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Tom!  Keep training hard!

  • By Jr_silva10 -

    Hi Al, first i want to give my congratulations to you, your wrote a real bible of calisthenics. i am mixing in the level’s that you sugest in the book, i work out 3 times per week, do a push/core day, a pull/legs day and a full body day, my question is, if for exemple in the pull day i can use 2 or 3 progression of pull ups or should i just do one progression per workout? another question, you sugest 3-5 sets up to 10 reps, im trying to increse my reps at the basics exercises this rep range will work for me or should i go above that number and probably hit failure every set? thanks Al, now im gonna enjoy the rest of the book, i realy advice to everyone that like to workout outdoors, in a cheapest way and not only look strong but be strong, im sure everything you need to know about calisthenics are in the book and you will be challegend for your entire life!!! 😀 im amazed

    Thanks again AL

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Jr!  Remember those workouts in the book are merely intended as guidelines.  Feel free to modify them however you see fit to.  You have my blessing to increase the reps and/or practice as many different exercises in one session as your body can handle.

  • By ChristopherVillanella -

    Thats my bar! Hey, really happy to have stumbled across your website. Ive been doing some Convict Conditioning Progressions for a few months now. Im currently living in Hong Kong but Im from NYC. I learned everything I know about bodyweight workouts on that bar in the back of Tompkins!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Christopher!  I’ll keep the bar warm for ya while you are in Hong Kong.

  • By Tinmanjohn -

    Congrats,Al! Awesome video, and I’m sure the book will be ,as well.Keep it UP!!!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, John!

  • By Anil -

    Hello Al. Congratulations about your new book. I just purchased it and am excited about reading it. So, talk later :)

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Anil!  Hope you like it!

      • By Anilkorol -

        I yet read 1/3 of it and looked at the rest roughly, and I see that it is really a great source of information for everyone who likes bar training and also for people who thinks about starting to workout on the bars or at a gym.  IMO everyone who likes workingout will find someting in it. Talk later.

  • By Markus -

    Hey Al, why is the book so expensive? I got your last book which I enjoyed very much, and it was priced reasonably. Most ebooks on Amazon these days are around 10-13 dollars. To me 40 bucks for a fitness book is ridiculous. I am guessing it’s Dragon Door who over price and over market and over hype all their stuff. Anyways, would love to get this one also and I am 100% sure that you would sell more by lowering the price and perhaps selling it on your own as a Kindle book. 

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Markus – I’m glad you enjoyed my first book!  And your guess is correct – Dragon Door sets the price for all their products.  I must say, however, relative to the amount of info in Raising The Bar, I think it’s as good of a value as my first book.

      Having said that, you might be better off holding out for the paper book, which will be available in a few more weeks for the same price as the ebook.

      • By Markus -

        Hey Al, thanks for the reply. And since you are such a great guy and I really admire the way you present yourself I have decided to get the book anyway to show my support and vote with my money. I just would rather give you the money straight because I really don’t like Dragon Door. Oh well, I’m sure you’ll get your percentage. But good work and great website. Take care. I am recovering from hernia surgery for the next 2-3 weeks so looking forward to read your new book and integrate it into my spring fitness program. 

        • By Al Kavadlo -

          Thanks for your continued support, Markus!  I hope you feel like you got your money’s worth – and “get that money” on the bar this spring!

          • By Matt Cocreham -

            Hey Al, I thought your first book was great and can’t wait to check out your new book! Is there a release date for the paper version yet?

          • By Al Kavadlo -

            Thanks!  No exact date yet, but should be soon.  I’ll be sure to post an update when the paper books are ready.

  • By Mick Gall -

    Excited to hear about muscle-up descriptions; does it have progressions? The MU is the holy grail for me…

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Mick – there’s an entire chapter devoted to training the muscle-up and its variations, and yes, it includes lead up exercises.  It’s actually one of the longer chapters.

  • By Ian -

    Hi Al,
    Bought the pdf today and am liking it. Always been a fan of bodyweight exercises – lots in here to work up to.  And impressed with the quality of presentation.

    Just a couple of technical points about the pdf file itself. In the document properties it has the title as “NAked Warrior” and nothing in the author and subject fields. Since this is published by Dragondoor and they have an old book called “the Naked Warrior” I’m guessing they re-used a template from that and didn’t update it. Secondly there is no table of contents – making it a bit hard to jump to a particular section. None of these things should be difficult to fix but would make the book a little more professional. And having kindle and epub versions would be useful for many people.  

    Otherwise – loving the book. Looking forward to hitting the bar tomorrow morning !

    Ian
     

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Ian – I’m glad you are enjoying my new book!  I am aware of the Naked Warrior title of the document but I don’t think it’s too big of a deal.  However, I’m confused that your ebook doesn’t have a table of contents.  The pdf that I have contains the table of contents right at the beginning – maybe you should look again.  If you are in fact missing parts of the PDF, please contact Dragon Door support, as they are the ones who would be able to help.

      • By Ian -

         Apologies – yes there is the print equivalent TOC. However with a PDF you can have a clickable Table of contents – that will appear in the left hand side bar of adobe reader. This is whats missing. Again – not a big deal – just the little finishing touches that make the whole package look a bit more professional. But since it sounds like Dragon Door handle that side of things – I’ll contact them.

        These are minor quibbles. I work in software so I can’t help but notice them. But they in no way take away from the content of the book itself – which is fantastic. Keep up the good work mate.

        Ian

  • By Tronacate -

    Al,
    Your inspiration is working…….I’m 55 and just pulled off 6 MU……thanks to you and some friends at the bar-barians.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiRILFX_4fI 

    Keep up the good work, books and videos……watch them all the time

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Congrats!  Keep it up!

  • By Rob -

    On the edge of my seat here, how closer are we to the paper copy?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Probably still going to be a few more weeks, Rob – hang in there!  (That was a pull-up pun!)

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  • By James -

    Hi,

    I just picked up your book. I came across your blog on http://www.fitmole.net/top-50-social-media-fitness-bloggers/, which I found through Rusty Moore (fitnessblackbook). So I guess you can thank those guys indirectly for the referral.

    I loved Convict Conditioning when it first came out, so I’m looking forward to your book, particularly the sections on the flag and one-armed pullup. I’ve worked out bodyweight-only for years, and love this recent bar fitness trend that’s been blowing up on youtube. (Check out these guys in Ukraine — some unbelievable feats of strength here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdTMaKjyg5I )

    Pushing the limits of the human body! But I still have yet to see anyone pull off a Convict Conditioning style 1-arm-handstand-pushup 😉

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, James.  I’ve seen that video before – those guys are crazy strong!

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