London Calling

by Danny Kavadlo on April 12, 2016

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Danny Kavadlo demonstrates the clutch flag at the PCC London 2016

After over thirty events in dozens of cities, spanning multiple countries and four continents, the Progressive Calisthenics Certification keeps getting better and better. More personal records, more lifelong friendships and more experiences that we’ll never forget.

Every time we do another PCC workshop, I go in with big dreams, and still I find my fitness forecast is exceeded. That’s right, friends: my sky-high expectations are smashed every time. How, you ask?

Because of you.

PCC London Elbow Lever. What makes an event great? YOU!

What makes an event great? YOU!

When you guys and gals make the commitment to attend PCC, it’s your energy, positivity and strength that make it incredible. So when the team and I found ourselves in the historic city of London, England and met the PCC candidates this past weekend, we knew that together we’d make history.

PCC "London Bridge"

Historic London Bridge.

Calisthenics practitioners from over five countries showed up to train and learn from us, as well as each other. It was a fantastic group of trainers, martial artists, acrobats and fitness aficionados from all walks of life. Beyond the sheer physical prowess, the love, passion and commitment of this group were simply brilliant. Nothing stood in the way of progress. In fact, one attendee came all the way from Singapore and did the entire PCC workshop with a broken foot! (For the record, he broke his foot running a triathlon… and still won!) No excuses!

PCC London Headstand

No excuses!

Our venue, the Commando Temple, was hands down one of the greatest facilities I’ve ever seen in the world. Beyond being a playground for calisthenics commanders, it was also a museum of strongman education, and a tribute to all forms of strength in pop culture. The members of the staff were not only amazing hosts, but also dedicated bodyweight beasts in their own right.

Double front lever performed by PCC instructors Fitsz Dubova and Coung Hua from the Commando Temple.

Double front lever performed by PCC instructors Fitsz Dubova and Coung Hua from the Commando Temple.

As always, it was a privilege to witness astonishing teamwork all weekend long. Hand in hand, this new crop of PCC’s guided each other through the exercises and lifted each other up, never putting one another down.

What’s gonna work? Teamwork!

What’s gonna work? Teamwork!

The one-on-one instruction and the power of the group is something that must be experienced to be believed. We entered the room as strangers, but left as family. There is no substitute for an in-person experience.

Congratulations to all the newly certified PCC instructors. It was truly a weekend I’ll never forget. We are all grateful for the experience.

Keep The Dream Alive,

PCC London 2016 Group Photo


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 Strength Rules, 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 Learn more about Danny at

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  • villafan

    Danny, it was one of the best experiences of my adult life, I will treasure the memories of meeting such a great bunch of people. The cherry on the cake was holding you up in that bridge! Thanks brother. Steve.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Right on Steve! It was awesome connecting with you in person. Thats a helluva bridge you got there! Keep the dream alive,

  • Meeting the famous Kavadlo brothers was something special & hanging out with the group for the weekend was an amazing experience. I gained a lot of insight & did a few moves that I thought were beyond my grasp. The knowledge I’ve bought back will take me further than I could have hoped. I didn’t make the Century – I wasn’t good enough, no excuses. When I paid my money last October I knew it would be very tough. My improvement in the months leading up to the weekend was considerable & for those who – like me – are basic practitioners with a love of the discipline I recommend going even if you have injuries or believe that the advanced skills are beyond your current ability.

    I smiled all weekend. I’m still smiling.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Dan Earthquake!
      PCC London was that much BETTER because you attended it. It’s not about the Century, it’s about the experience, and you, my friend, enriched the experience for me and everyone else in the room. I’m still smiling too. Thanks so much for bringing the thunder and giving what you had to give.

  • Matt Schifferle

    Is there any name for a gym better than Commando Temple? I don’t think so! What a seriously hard core, yet open and friendly place to train and grow. A perfect environment for the PCC.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      You would’ve LOVED this place. I know you’re a big man of minimal DIY equipment. It’s right up your alley. Totally old school, totally brutal. Thanks for the comment!

  • WOW!!!! What a cool looking place!!! Looks like a seriously advanced, engaged group of people too! Hope to help teach a PCC there sometime! 🙂 Congrats to all the new PCCs and the ones still working towards it! 🙂 It’s been fun to befriend some of the people who were there online and then see them succeed in the photos!!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Yes Adrienne, It was a great event! World class crew!

  • Frank Delventhal

    I am thinking of my PCC in Munich some years ago and every time I do that it makes me want to move and challenge myself. 🙂 a big thanks to all who made / make this possible!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Frank it was great meeting you in Munich. It was an amazing experience. Always is. Good to hear from you, Frank!

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