Ask Al: GET STRONG Edition

July 11, 2017
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Since the release of our latest book, GET STRONG, my brother Danny and I have gotten a lot of feedback on our new program. It seems that you guys are loving the book! Even though the program takes 16 weeks to complete – and it’s barely been two months since the release – many of […]

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Let’s Get High! How To Do A Muscle-Up

June 13, 2017
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One of the things I love most about Progressive Calisthenics is the fact that it is a multi-faceted discipline. You see, we human beings have a tendency to over-categorize and compartmentalize just about everything. Sadly, this can lead to an improper representation of concepts that can often be better expressed with blurred lines. In other […]

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Internal Martial Arts and Calisthenics

May 30, 2017
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A long time ago, before I became a trainer (and after a long hiatus in my own fitness and martial art training), I decided to get back on the scene. I began training a martial art called Taijiquan, also known as Tai Chi. To be perfectly honest, I chose this after watching late night Kung […]

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PCC Goes Commando

May 23, 2017
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I’d heard big things about the Commando Temple gym in London from Al and Danny after the previous Progressive Calisthenics Certification there, so I had high expectations going into last weekend’s event. This would be the third time the PCC was happening in Great Britain, but it was my first time visiting the legendary Commando […]

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Taking The GET STRONG Transformation Challenge

May 16, 2017
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What mechanism acts as both the Great Protector of our health and well-being—while often acting as the Great Saboteur of our attempts at physical transformation? That mechanism would be Homeostasis: “The tendency of a system, especially the physiological system of higher animals, to maintain internal stability, owing to the coordinated response of its parts to any situation or stimulus that would tend to disturb its normal condition or function.” “A state of psychological equilibrium obtained when tension or a drive has been reduced or eliminated.” As the cliché goes, we […]

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How to Restore Desk-Damaged Physiques with Calisthenics

May 9, 2017
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Years ago, well before the PCC, and just after Convict Conditioning began to get extremely popular, I heard Andrea Du Cane say that we shouldn’t live in the posture of our sport. In many cases, we should also not live in the posture of our work. It seems as though many of our clients (and […]

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Progressive Calisthenics Comes To Boston!

May 2, 2017
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In 1858, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. famously referred to the city of Boston as “the hub of the solar system.” This past weekend, Boston could have been called “the hub of the calisthenics system,” as this historic American city hosted the first Progressive Calisthenics Certification ever held in the New England area. I was […]

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Kavadlo Brothers’ Calisthenics Arms Workout

April 11, 2017
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Fans of progressive calisthenics know that you don’t need weights to pump up your arms. With nothing more than your own bodyweight and a few bars, you can blast your guns without any external resistance. Though you won’t find any dumbbell curls or triceps push-downs in this workout, the following exercises will blow up your […]

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Hang Your Way to Better Pull-ups

April 4, 2017
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A basketball coach walks into the gym and witnesses one of his athletes shooting free throws. He makes 1 out of 50 shots. The coach asks the athlete what he’s doing and the athlete replies “practicing free throws.” The coach then asks him a simple question: “Are you practicing making them or are you practicing […]

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Five Reasons to Practice Pistol Squats

March 28, 2017
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My first attempts at the pistol squat were an embarrassing failure. Back then, weight training made up the majority of my leg workouts, and I thought I had already built myself a set of powerful posts. I could leg press nearly half a ton and comfortably barbell squat more than my body weight for many […]

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