An Irish Blessing

by Danny Kavadlo on May 13, 2014

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Blog.1Five days ago I boarded a plane to Ireland with my brother and fellow PCC Lead Instructor Al Kavadlo and Dragon Door CEO John Du Cane. It was uncharted territory for us and we did not know what to expect. This was Ireland’s first Progressive Calisthenics Certification. Not to mention the fact that we’d never been to the Strong Room or met our host Adrian Harrington. In fact, none of us had even been to Dundalk, Ireland. We were really going out on a limb with this one.

You could say we were “lucking” it.

Blog.2We got off the plane in the Land of a Thousand Welcomes, and rather fittingly were welcomed by Mr. Harrington himself. Looking into his smiling eyes, it took no more than a handshake and a few minutes to find out we were all kindred spirits. You see, in the world of body-weight training, there is a bond that exists which defies geography, history, even culture. There’s something special about the solidarity between calisthenics aficionados—we are connected, even when oceans apart. It seems that wherever we go, we stand united with our PCC brothers and sisters. The enthusiasm, dedication and purity bring us together from all around the globe, no matter what our roots. We’re all here for the same reason: to better ourselves and learn from each other. I love meeting people from different backgrounds, age groups and walks of life who share my passion. And the posse’s gettin’ bigger!

Adrian took us out to the lush, green, Irish countryside and served us a homemade breakfast of fresh eggs, “homegrown” ham, coffee (with butter!) and of course, homemade blood pudding, prepared fresh by his Mum. If you truly want to experience a culture, eat the food. We had never been here before, yet we felt right at home.

Blog.3When the workshop began the next day, it was déjà vu all over again. We could see that each and every one of the attendees, regardless of any differences in past history or present skill level, stood exactly where we stand. (Not to mention the fact that the Strong Room turned out to be one of the finest facilities I’ve ever practiced calisthenics.) We worked on push-ups, pull-ups, human flags and muscle-ups. In addition to the thrill of teaching these skills and the satisfaction of seeing so many PR’s (first muscle-ups, flags, one-arm push-ups and more), we got to make so many new friends. That’s the part you can’t really see on the internet. It can only be experienced firsthand.

Day two was even better. So many folks who were on the fringes of achieving the elusive back lever, one-legged squat and back bridge got to see their dreams become reality and so did we. Have I mentioned that I love my job?

In what felt like an instant, it was already Sunday, the third and final day of PCC. The pleasure of witnessing so many brand new inversions and elbow levers, the emotions running wild during Century testing and the tears of joy at the end of the day made it an experience none of us will ever forget. But it was is bitter-sweet; we shared so much with so many! Just two days ago, the people we met were perfect strangers, but now we see they were just like us all along. It’s so hard to say goodbye.

PCC Dundalk proved to be the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Blog.4We are thrilled to have made the trip and are looking forward to coming back. I await with anticipation the prospect of meeting more future members of our PCC family and doing it all over again. As the Irish saying goes, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb… that’s where the fruit is.”


Danny Kavadlo is one of the world’s most established and respected personal trainers. He is a Master Instructor of Progressive Calisthenics and the author of Everybody Needs Training: Proven Success Secrets for the Professional Fitness Trainer. A true in-person experience, Danny is known globally as a motivator and leader in the body-weight community. Learn more about Danny at:

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  • Karen Lee

    Nice article, Danny. The Strong Room looks like a place I’d like to play at every day, what a cool set up!

    • dannykavadlo

      Agreed Karen. It was one of the coolest indoor spaces I’ve seen! Thanks for all the support!

  • God bless Ireland,

    God bless the Strong Room,

    God bless the PCC!!!

    • dannykavadlo

      Well said as always Coach!

  • Nicola Pinna

    When do you are in Italy?

    • dannykavadlo

      Hi Nicola,
      Thanks for the question. Italy is on our radar. We are planning on bringing PCC everywhere it’s relevant!

    • Nicola Pinna

      Right! I hope to be there, thanks

  • Clive Burns

    Great post. No mention of Guinness 🙂

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Clive,
      The Guinness was for after the LAST day of the workshop. That said, it was the finest Guinness (er… four Guinnesses) I ever drank. I think the company had a lot to do with it!

  • Colin Mackay

    It sounds amazing. I’m not that far from Ireland, maybe next year.

    • dannykavadlo

      Colin I hope to see you!!!! Keep training hard!

  • Leo

    Dear Paul Wade,
    I’m working on wall pushups to strenghten my weak wrists and elbows.
    1. I’m also not far away from the full clutch flag (Step 6) and wondered, if I could begin the press flag series afterwards. I tried the first step and the shoulder strenght required is enormous. Is there a way that strenghtens my shoulders enough for this move, WITHOUT involving the wrists much? I don’t think I’m able to do HSPU’s in the foreseable future.
    2. How do I progress beyond the straight bridge hold from the trifecta (on the knuckles)?
    I tried Flat Palm Bridges against a Wall, but it gave me some back pain.
    I don’t know why, I have a solid straight bridge hold, started hanging Bent Leg L-Holds and can grab my wrist during Step 5 of Twist Holds without pain.
    I already worked my neck with manual resistance head raises and want to begin neck bridges as soon as possible.
    3. When can I start Tuck Front lever (Pull ups)?
    4. When CC3 is out, I wanna start plyometrics. Again, which explosives don’t involve bending the wrists back?
    5. Can I hang from the bar everyday for twenty seconds for the L-Holds, after a brief joint circling warmup? I got some calluses on my hands, which may make my pull up and grip workouts harder.
    6. Can I go to the PCC with my pains? There will be intense elbow lever, L-Sit, Headstand, Handstand and Push up sessions.
    How can I pass the century test (push ups)?
    Should I start headstands on my knuckles?
    7. Should I strenghten my fuckin’ wrists with wrist push ups?
    Sorry for the long comment, but I hope you can answer it.
    Greetings from germany

    • Leo my man, great to hear from you as always. I’m happy to answer your questions, but Danny has written a killer blog and I don’t wanna hijack it by answering questions here that aren’t about his post.

      Cut and paste this onto my last blog comments section (The Bodyweight Revolution) and I promise you I will answer all your great questions there in full tomorrow. -Paulie

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