February 2012 Update

I’m excited to announce that I have finished the manuscript for my forthcoming book, Raising the Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics.

I am also excited to announce that Dragon Door (publisher of the Convict Conditioning books) is my new publisher!

Raising the Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics will tell you everything you need to know about how to train pull-ups, muscle-ups and dips, as well as dozens of other bar exercises, many of which have not been discussed here on my blog. The book will also contain over 200 brand new full color photos as well as a section on hand-balancing.

I’m now in the process of finishing the photos for the book with photographer Colleen Leung. Once that’s done we can begin the layout and design phase. If all goes as planned, the book should be available this spring. I will keep you guys posted as soon as I know more.

In the meantime, make sure you get a copy of my first book, We’re Working Out! A Zen Approach to Everyday Fitness, if you haven’t already.

Last but not least, here’s a new video with some new moves you’ve never seen from me before:

68 thoughts on “February 2012 Update

  • By Matthew Palfrey - Reply

    Great news! Well done Al!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Matt!

  • By Youthser - Reply

    Congratulations on your continued success!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Youthser!

  • By FaGuzINC - Reply

    Awesome can’t wait for the book to be published.  Thanks for the videos and blogs they have been a huge help in my fitness goals.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      You’re welcome!  Keep training hard!

  • By Anilkorol - Reply

    That is a great news about the new book Al.  I will be buying it as soon as you have it on the shelf :) Take care…

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Anil!  I’ll be sure to update my blog when I know the exact release date.

  • By Jetronin - Reply

    Wow, Al Kavadlo and Dragondoor. Sold 😉

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks!  It’s a pretty good combo if I do say so myself!

  • By Francis - Reply

    Congratualtions, Al!  Looking forward to reading this as much as I was the last book.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Francis!

  • By Steve McHenry - Reply

    Awesome! You da man, Al!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks for all your support, Steve!

      • By Steve McHenry - Reply

         My pleasure, Bro!

  • By Trevor - Reply

    Congrads Al on both a new book and having Dragon Door as a publisher.  Dragon Door seems to just put out fantastic stuff.  So you are in with the great fitness authors.  Great work.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Trevor!  I’m really excited to be in such good company with all the other great Dragon Door authors.

  • By Robert Lawrence - Reply

    I loved the last book…. I bought it twice once in paperback and once as the ebook, are you planning on releasing this one as an ebook too at some point? also perhaps for kindle?

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks for your support, Robert!  Glad to have you as a fan!

      Raising the Bar will be available in both e-book and paperback formats.  Not sure about kindle.

  • By Mathieu - Reply

    Congratulations ! Keep making videos, we all love them !

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Mathieu!  More to come!

  • By Lancehogle - Reply

    Looking forward to the new book! congrats

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Lance!

  • By Kane Augustus - Reply

    Congratulations, man!  Your site is an inspiration to me, and I’m sure your new book will be, too.

    I’m going through CC1 for the first time, and loving it!  It’s blowing everything else I’ve read out of the water, and it’s definitely re-defining fitness for me.  In a big way.  I plan to get your first book soon, when the finances balance a little more for me.

    Cheers!
    Kane

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Kane!  Welcome to the world of old school bodyweight strength!

  • By Dmitry - Reply

    Really looking forward for your book. Great job! Like your handstand motion in the beginning of the video, I have serious psychological issues with handstands. How you built such a confidence?

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Dmitry!  Handstands take lots of patience and practice.  There’s going to be an entire chapter devoted to handbalancing in my new book.

  • By Manrique - Reply

    Al I told my gym teacher about your site. Coach and I are the only people in class doing pull ups. No one else even gets close to the dip station! Thanks again Al for all the great info.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Manrique!  Keep spreading the word and training hard!

  • By Cal - Reply

    Great stuff (as ever) Al!  I’ll definitely be buying “Raising the Bar” as soon as it comes out.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Cal!  I appreciate your support!

  • By Greg Battaglia - Reply

    Hey Al, What is the name of the song in that video??

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Hey Greg – I write, record and perform all of the music in my videos.  This song doesn’t have an official title yet though.

  • By Matt - Reply

    you got the planche!!:)

  • By Luiz - Reply

    Brother! You’re better every day! perfect movements and very well controlled! You’re a great inspiration to all who are in the path of personal development! Thanks again!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      You’re welcome, Luiz!  Keep training hard!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      You’re welcome, Luiz!  Keep training hard!

  • By Tinmanjohn - Reply

    One arm pushups on 3 Fingers? Unbelieveable! I’m Tweeting this!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks!  Tweet away!  Maybe one day I’ll get it down to just two fingers.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks!  Tweet away!  Maybe one day I’ll get it down to just two fingers.

  • By Alexandre - Reply

    I’m looking forward to your book !!
    I like your first book, found it very inspirating, but i was waiting for a more tehnical one and it’s done !
    Just a question: will you sell it directly, on amazon, or will it be available only on dd website (i’m living abroad and their shipping costs are a little bit high) ?
    Thanks a lot for your blog.
    Alexandre

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Alexandre!  This new book is definitely more technical than my first one.  As for ordering a copy, Dragon Door is going to handle all sales once the book is finished.

  • By Brandon - Reply

    You da man! Looking forward to your new book and am glad that it is on Dragon Door so I can promote it as an affiliate. That’s awesome you write the songs in your videos. I play and sing guitar as well… so respect! 😉

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Brandon!  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how positive the reaction to my music has been.  More to come!

  • By Etienne - Reply

    The content sounds great. I can’t wait till spring! sick video as usual, nice set on the dip bars.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Etienne!  I can’t wait til RTB is out either!  This is a very exciting time!

  • By Adam - Reply

    Congratulations!  I’m excited for the new book and your new publisher!  Keep kicking butt and thank you for the motivational techniques you share with us!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Adam!

  • By Anonymous - Reply

    Just found your site through the Dragondoor forums.  Awesome sight!  Thank you for imparting your knowledge.  Just ordered your first book in paperback.  Can’t wait to read it!!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks – hope like it!

  • By Etienne - Reply

    Al, I dont know if you already addressed this but I cant seem to find it……Will your new book be released on paper and ebook at the same time, or will there be a delay in the release of the e version as there was with your first book. Thanks

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Hey Etienne – The ebook and paperback versions of Raising the Bar will be released at the same time.

  • By Gastar91 - Reply

    Hey Al! really Looking forward to your book :)
    short question: have you ever been interested in more gymnastic training? I mean you take a lot of gymnastic elements in your strength training, but Id love to see how you do on rings and such. At least for me, after being quite proficient with dips and pullups on bars, ring training opened a whole new (awe-inspiring) world for me

  • By Whiffet - Reply

    Congrats Al on the book deal.  Keep up the inspiring videos.  Whiffet.

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks!  Will do!

  • By Rob - Reply

    Loved your Zen Approach Book.
    Can I ask what the cost of your new book will be?

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Thanks, Rob!  The price for the new book is still TBD.  Expect an update with more info in a few weeks.

  • By jon - Reply

    hey Al, will the new book include workout routines?

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Absolutely!

  • By Kane Augustus - Reply

    Eager for your next article, man.  I’m totally fiending!

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      I’ve got a new video up in the sidebar that should hold you over for a bit!

  • By Anilkorol - Reply

    What up Al? Still no muscle up on my part :S Passing the 7 month mark since started calisthenics. Lowered the intensity of the routines I do a bit thinking that would help improve faster. I was doing pull ups everyother day now I do just two days a week, and do other exercises the other days of the week.  What do you think, is that a good idea? Or should I do the pull ups more frequently?

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Sounds good, Anil.  Remember, seven months isn’t very long at all.  Be patient and enjoy the ride.

  • By Gilestro - Reply

    Hi Al,
    One of the things I love about you is that you seem to have such a wide array of skills- hand balancing, levers, holds, muscle ups, pistols. You seem to be able to do it all. You are a true all rounder and I’m sure you are fitter and healthier as a result of that. My question is how do you schedule your training? Do you do a basic full body workout all year round and then supplement in various skill sessions to meet your current goal or do you just focus solely on that one goal.
    I’m currently trying to get the ring muscle up nailed by doing 2 short full body workouts per week (M/F) (2 sets x 1 exercise for each push, pull, leg & core) and then a specialised M-up session on Wednesday and maybe another on Saturday if I’ve got the energy. If I train just the m-up the false grip limits the number of reps I can perform and my pull up numbers seem to drop back over a month or so.

    Any advice is appreciated and i hope this post isn’t too long.

    GT

    • By Al Kavadlo - Reply

      Hey Gilestro – Check this out: http://www.alkavadlo.com/2011/01/ask-al-how-much-do-you-workout/

      For more insight into how I train, you should consider getting a copy of my first book, We’re Working Out! A Zen Approach to Everyday Fitness.
      http://www.alkavadlo.com/my-book/

      • By Gilestro - Reply

        Thanks for the link Al. I already bought your first book about 6 months ago. So I guess the answer is you do do a full body workout almost every day but then add in skill sessions 2-3 times per week as well.

        Many thanks, GT

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