New York State of Mind and Body

by Danny Kavadlo on June 24, 2014

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Danny Kavadlo One Arm Chin Up at the NYC PCC Workshop

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One year ago, when Dragon Door launched the Progressive Calisthenics Certification, we knew we were onto something big. It was an idea whose time had come. As the calisthenics movement exploded worldwide, more and more people wanted to learn about training themselves and others in the art of beautiful strength. A practice we’d been doing for decades started receiving big accolades in the past twelve months.

The Progressive Calisthenics Certification began with a single 3-Day workshop in Dragon Door’s hometown of the St. Paul, and has quickly made its way across the globe. To date, there have been PCCs in places as diverse as Germany, Ireland and Australia, with future certifications scheduled in Sweden, Holland, Italy and more. PCC unites bodyweight enthusiasts from all parts of the world and all walks of life. You could call it a “melting pot.” Reminds me of a place I know well…

Progressive Calisthenics in the New York Times

One year ago. (Click here to read the article)

The Hometown Crowd

My brother (and fellow PCC Instructor) Al Kavadlo and I are native New Yorkers, born and bred in the County of Kings. So was legendary calisthenics forerunner Jasper Benincasa. Many of the earliest, (and most contemporary) practitioners of “Street Workout” are from New York. It’s a magical place. There’s a reason NYC is the quintessential Metropolis: the bright lights of Broadway, the charm of Little Italy, the Coney Island boardwalk.

Like the City itself, the people of New York are known for a great many things, particularly their passion. Just like the people drawn to Progressive Calisthenics.

Whether practicing advanced pull-ups or manipulating mobility, we celebrate every moment.

Al and Danny Kavadlo Archer Pull-ups at the NYC PCC workshop


Trainers, fighters, martial artists, athletes and working professionals gathered around and trained side by side. There was no competition. Each individual was focused on being the best version of themselves. We all worked together to bring out the best in each other.

Fellow New York native, forefather of the One-Arm Chin-Up, and training partner of Jasper Benincasa, Jack Arnow was a teacher as much as a student. In his signature style, Jack generously shared his wisdom and knowledge with a new generation of bodyweight aficionados. Jack also demonstrated muscle-ups and front levers. He even did the entire Century test while talking. The man inspires everybody.

Jack Arnow One-Arm Chin-up Comedown at the NYC PCC


It’s hard to believe that it’s over. After making so many friends and witnessing so many PR’s (levers, flags, pistol squats and more), it seems to have flown by in a New York minute.

Still, the experience we had will last a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, I am proud of every single one of our newly certified PCC’s. I look forward to having you represent Progressive Calisthenics everywhere. Train hard and be true to you. The posse’s gettin’ bigger.

NYC PCC  Workshop June 2014 Group Photo

Keep the dream alive,


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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  • jpujjayi

    so inspiring to see how the PCC has grown and developed since the first session..only a very short year ago…!!! “all” of the folks (on and behind the scenes) that have worked to make it possible.. and all of the participating attendees are to be thanked, congratulated, and inspired to CARRY ON…!!!… best to all jperry

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks Jim. You were among the first group of PCC. It really is amazing how it’s grown. You were there on day one!

    • Its hard to believe it’s already been a whole year!!! I remember you doing VERY well at the first one, Jim!

  • Hell yeah! The Kavadlos, the finest calisthenics coaches in the whole world, bring calisthenics HOME!

    And to have the LEGENDARY Jack Arnow there…wow. A perfect storm. I don’t think most people will realize what a special event this was. For bodyweight athletes, this was pretty much The Ultimate. Folks will look back on this…

    I sure hope someone caught some of this event on tape.

    • Leo

      Hey Coach,
      I have a few questions for you on your last post 😉

      • I left some answers for you to hold you over until Paul gets a chance to reply.

        • Gonna have to get you on the payroll soon, Mr D!

          • I do what I can to earn my keep around here, Sir!
            What is your opinion on using tuck planche push ups and half planche push ups for mass gain?

      • Taken care of bro!

    • dannykavadlo

      It was a world class weekend Coach! I’m still on an adrenaline high.

    • It was a real treat to have Jack there — he really impressed everyone and taught us a lot too!

  • Justin Termini

    What an amazing weekend! It was an honor to be in the room with such a talented group of people. I’m still going over all of the information in my head, which will give me plenty to work with for the years to come. I was able to bust through my fairly stagnant human flag progress and get a huge PR on it, among other big breakthroughs. Thanks so much to everyone involved!

    • dannykavadlo

      Justin it was great to see you! It really was an epic weekend! Keep training hard brother!

  • What a great workshop!! It was super cool to help you guys instruct yet again, and once again the participants were incredible. The people that this program attracts are second to none! 🙂

    • dannykavadlo

      Adrienne thank for being a part of it! You always bring so much to the table. So glad you were there for this one!!!!!!

  • Rodolfo Oliveira

    I REALLY wish I could be there… someday the PCC Cert. WILL come to Brazil… even if I have to do something about it…

    • dannykavadlo

      We’d love to have you Rodolfo. South America is on our radar 🙂

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