Happy Days At PCC Milwaukee

by Danny Kavadlo on November 11, 2014

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Al and Danny Kavadlo in Milwaukee, WI

It’s no secret that since its inception just over one year ago, the Progressive Calisthenics Certification has grown and grown, gaining strength, momentum and community as the days go by. After all, the first rule of PCC is you DO talk about PCC; it’s good to see we’re all doing our jobs!

For our twelfth certification, we headed up North to Drench fitness in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, prepared to have a great workshop in a great city on a Great Lake. And that’s exactly what we did!

Alex Cordero Archer Pull up

You see ‘dem Packers? I mean, packed shoulders?

As is the case when so many bodyweight gladiators get together, something incredible happens. Anyone who’s ever partaken in a push-up contest or a pull-up jam knows exactly what I’m talking about. You see, when you put so much fire and passion together in one place, the room itself ignites in a celebration of energy, inspiration and motivation. It’s an incredible thing to behold.

The calisthenics killers of the Badger State proved their epic power, as personal bests were achieved by just about everybody. There’s nothing like the feeling of earning a one arm pushup, stand-to-stand bridge or human flag when you’ve never done it before. Like they say, you never forget your first!

Katie Petersen One-Arm Pushup

Pushing the limits at PCC

It’s with a heavy heart that we leave America’s heartland. It’s amazing how such a life-changing weekend can go by so quickly, but the friends we’ve made and the experiences we shared will transcend time. These days are ours. PCC is forever.

Congratulations to the new wave of freshly appointed Progressive Calisthenics Instructors. We are proud to have you represent!


The posse’s getting bigger,


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 Guys, looks like a blast. Was that a bronze of the Fonz? Heyyyyy!
    A first stand to stand bridge! Sweet. I am working on closing bridge at the moment and still need to target a couple of steps rather than the floor. I’m looking forward to the day I don’t need the steps…and don’t get a concussion.
    Is Al growing the beard for Movember or to do an impression of King Leonidas from 300?

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Marty,
      Thanks for the comments amigo! And yes, that’s a Bronze Fonz. As you may recall, Happy Days took place in the heartland of American 50’s nostalgia…Good ol Milwaukee! As for the beard, I don’t like to speak for Al, but I think I can say with confidence that it’s NOT for movember. Al is a beard purist who facial hair decisions are not motivated by fads. He keeps it real year round 🙂 We hope to see you soon Marty!

      • martymonster

        I remember ‘Happy Days’ with way too much clarity. I recall an episode where Fonzie got a job driving the Icecream truck and lamented how he had just nursed it up to 100 when he had to stop for some kid waving a dime. I still use that line wherever possible.

        • dannykavadlo

          I remember that episode. It’s funny– I sometimes can’t remember what happened 5 minutes ago, but I can recall Happy Days episodes–remember the one where the Fonz went blind and had to rebuild his bike by feel?

          • martymonster

            No. But I do remember the one where he needs to get glasses, refuses to wear them and drives into one of the Great Lakes. He comes out dripping wet and says ‘What a stupid place to put a Lake!’
            I’m going to go and Google that ‘rebuild the bike by feel’ episode.

    • Thanks, Marty! Keep working that bridge!


      • martymonster

        Will do.
        I nailed the Beard about 35 years ago. I reckon I can honestly say I was wearing them before it was fashionable.

        • As long as you ain’t Craig David, beards will ALWAYS be cool.

          I read once that there is an evolutionary advantage to a full beard, for males. Makes your lower mandible look bigger, making you more fearsome to predators.

          • martymonster

            Predators? As long as it masks the smell of my succulent flesh I should be OK.

      • Rodolfo Oliveira

        Madness?? THIS… IS… PCC!!!!!!!

  • That’s some fine lookin’ PCCs right there!

    Missed a trick not getting a PCC t-shirt on the Fonz though. (I’m actually pretty sure I saw Henry Winkler do a Cossack dance in one show…I reckon with a little training, he coulda pulled off the Century.)

    • dannykavadlo

      In Winkler’s prime, I think he’d nail the Century! (At least Fonzie would!)

  • Allisha – NYC PFT

    Fantastic looking team. Certainly looks like it was a lot of fun! Wish we were there. Wear your beard proudly Al; Kru Jilani does 🙂 Beard for life! Kru Allisha – NYC

    • dannykavadlo

      Beard 4 life!

  • Eric Buratty

    This whole group was diesel. Felt their strong energy through the screen from John’s Facebook pics!

    • dannykavadlo

      Oh yeah… this was a killa crew for sure. BEAST MODE!

      • Rodolfo Oliveira

        Are you a Seahawks fan DK?

  • Matt Schifferle

    Even the frozen tundra of the northern states isn’t immune to the PCC squad!

    Pretty soon I’ll be watching the Discovery channel and the commentators will be saying ” we’re here in this village of alwanishmakafrutanistan” and the camera will pan across a scene of goats, earthen homes, and some dude in the back ground doing pull ups on a tree limb wearing a red PCC Instructors shirt.

    • dannykavadlo


  • Rodolfo Oliveira

    Awesome new PCC’s Danny! I am glad you didn’t let the end of the year slow down your holy mission of showing humanity how the PCC can change lives! I have one question concerning Dragon Door’s books that I would like to personally ask John Du Cane or whoever is responsible for editing and launching the books. It is about a portuguese translation of the Convict Conditioning’s and Al’s and your books. Do you think it would be possible? I mean, I can translate them for free if you say you would publish at least a pdf!

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Rodolfo,
      Always good to hear from you my friend! Thanks for the comment and the support. I can’t help with your translation question, we’ll see what JDC says. Keep training hard!

  • Vasily K.

    It’s always pleasure to me to see so many bodyweight atheletes. I think, it’s great that our community are growing stronger and stronger. Hope that some day our BW-army will be bigger and stronger than any other sport-community.
    Best regards, Vasily K.

  • Man it’s so cool to see women do stuff like one-arm push-ups. Does everyone get the opportunity to have a one-on-one with a trainer on moves they specifically wanted to progress on? Looking forward to attend a german PCC!

    • Everyone who attends PCC gets some 1-on-1 time with me as well as all the other instructors. We will be back at KRABA in Munich, Germany in April. I hope to see you there!

  • Karen Lee

    Congratulations to the new PCCs, You guys look amazing! I always especially like seeing some strong women representing! (I’m’a be in there one day!)

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