Don’t Mess With Texas

by Danny Kavadlo on May 19, 2015

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Danny Kavadlo With Awesome Hat

My brother Al Kavadlo and I rode into town this past Friday rarin’ to go, looking forward to bringing Progressive Calisthenics to the Lone Star State for the very first time. The bodyweight beasts we encountered were obviously just as excited as we were, judging from the incredible level of enthusiasm, energy and positivity!

Remember the Al-amo

Remember the Al-amo

Day One

I love the first day of the Progressive Calisthenics Certification. We enter the room as strangers but leave as family. From one-arm push-ups to full press flags (even a first-time one-arm pull-up!), many PR’s were established, as many bonds were made. The calisthenics wrecking crew muscled up to the challenge and then some.

More human flags than you can shake a stick at!

More human flags than you can shake a stick at!

Day Two

The roadhouse thunder raged on during Day Two. Squats, lunges and pistols were followed by back bridges, gecko bridges and even stand-to-stands! We got down on the ground for the mid-section holds and back up on bar for back and front lever progressions. The feats of strength, balance and flexibility were rivaled only by the solidarity and encouragement. This group of Texas tornadoes delivered the goods!

 

The Sharp Dressed Men of PCC.

The Sharp Dressed Men of PCC.

Strong gals train calisthenics!

Strong gals train calisthenics!

Day Three

The last day of PCC begins with hand balancing and ends with the Century Test. But the true balancing act is juggling the emotional highs of such a special experience with the bittersweet feelings of leaving our new-found calisthenics brothers and sisters. The real test lies in the days to come: now that this world-class experience comes to an end, how do we maintain the strength, the technique and the bond we all shared with one another?

PCC Texas Partner Pistols

Sure ‘nuff, even though the weekend is now over, our journey is just beginning. Thanks to the PCC blog, Dragon Door’s extensive library and Dragon Door’s upcoming Health & Strength Conference, the PCC community will continue to grow. Remember, the first rule of PCC is you do talk about PCC, so keep on spreading the word!

We’re fixin’ to head back, y’all hear?

PCC Dallas Texas 2015 Group Photo

 

The posse’s getting bigger,

-DK

 

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Danny Kavadlo is one of the world’s foremost authorities on calisthenics, nutrition and personal training. He is the author of the Dragon Door titles Diamond-Cut Abs and Everybody Needs Training. Danny is known for his minimalist philosophy, simple approach and motivational talents.

A true in-person experience, Danny is a Master Instructor for Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification. He has been featured in the NY Times, TRAIN, Men’s Fitness and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com. Learn more about Danny at www.DannyTheTrainer.com

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  • martymonster

    Hi Danny,
    Great stuff. Love the lady doing the uneven pullup.
    Is Al going for a ZZTop look in Texas?

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Marty,
      Dude, this was one STRONG group!!!!
      Serious ZZ Top level facial hair too. When I stood next to Al and Matt, I was left feeling like ZZ’s drummer, the ironically named Frank Beard.
      Keep the dream alive!
      -DK

      • martymonster

        I remember laughing my nut off when I first found that out.
        As a quick aside though, I find whenever I do the uneven pullup I have to chalk my hands up to the max to keep a grip and I look like the abominable snowman under pressure. Yet that good lady is barely mussed up. If she had her feet off the floor then I for one am in serious awe.

  • Matt Schifferle

    God bless Texas…..calisthenics!

    • dannykavadlo

      WHAZZUP MATT!!!!
      Always great to hear from you amigo! Keep killin it!
      -DK

  • Yay Texas! (I’m partial – Texas is my “region” in my “day job” of designing schools.)

    Beard Game = turned up to 11!

    <3

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Karen,
      Texas kicks ass, no doubt. And yes, the beards were stellar!
      -DK

  • God bless Texas, and what a fantastic lookin bunch of athletes!

    • dannykavadlo

      Coach, These guys and gals were killers! What an honor to train with them for three days!
      -DK

  • Benjamin Dumbrell

    kick ass article Danny!

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks Benjamin. HELLYEAH!
      -DK

  • Paul Britt

    What an awesome weekend! It was an honor to train with Danny, Al and a strong group of now certified PCC Instructors.

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks Paul!!! It was great to meet you brother! And what an amazing group!!!!
      -DK

  • Looks like some great stuff happened at this Texas cert! Congrats to all the new PCC instructors! 🙂

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks Adrienne!
      Yes, we had a world-class group! Looking forward to seeing you in NY!
      -DK

  • Aleks Salkin

    Now that you and your brother have been in town, we all have a REASON not to mess with Texas 😛

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