PCC is Taking Over The World

by Al Kavadlo on April 29, 2014

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PCC_ConventionCenterSignLast weekend my brother Danny and I led Dragon Door’s fifth-ever Progressive Calisthenics Certification along with PCC Team Leader Adrienne Harvey. With the rapid growth of the PCC, it’s amazing to think that it’s been less than a year since our first certification course last June in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In that time, we have certified nearly 200 trainers in 3 different continents. Every one of those new PCCs is now sharing their knowledge with others and spreading the word about calisthenics. It blows my mind sometimes to think about the impact that PCC has already had on the fitness world, but we are still just getting started!

In the months ahead we have workshops booked all over the world including Ireland, Germany, Holland and Egypt. It’s amazing to travel the globe teaching calisthenics, but I’m also very excited about my hometown gig in NYC this summer.

It’s beginning to feel like PCC is taking over the world!


For our most recent certification, we returned to the Twin Cities. This time the event was held in Minneapolis at the city’s downtown convention center. Once again, an extremely impressive group of fitness enthusiasts, fanatics and aficionados showed up to hone their skills, inspire one another and attempt to take on The Century test to earn the title of PCC instructor. I’m proud to say that this group had our highest passing percentage yet since beginning the certification!

The caliber of candidates we’re seeing at each PCC seems to be continually improving. It’s an amazing feeling to be in a room with so many incredible bodyweight athletes who all have the same love for calisthenics. Everyone at PCC comes away with a unique experience, having both shared their own knowledge and received new ideas in return. We can all learn from one another and I am continually learning more myself each and every time we do the PCC.

If you’d like to attend (or host) a PCC event in your city, let us know in the comments section below. In the years ahead, we want to bring the PCC to as many places as possible! There’s nothing quite like the in-person experience of spending 3 intense calisthenics-filled days with other like-minded individuals.

We’re Working Out!


Al Kavadlo is the lead instructor for Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification. Recognized worldwide for his amazing bodyweight feats of strength as well as his unique coaching style, Al is the author of four books, including Stretching Your BoundariesRaising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Pull-up Bar Calisthenics and Pushing The Limits! Total Body Strength With No Equipment. Read more about Al on his website:www.AlKavadlo.com.


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  • V Kishore Vancheeshwaran

    I would love it if PCC came to India. I would like to attend it. If I were to host it, what are the requirements?

    • John Du Cane

      V Kishore, please see my reply above to Alejandro. Best, John

      • V Kishore Vancheeshwaran

        Somehow I can’t see your reply John. Sorry.

        • I can’t see it either. Hmm.

          To anyone who wants to host a PCC: Try going to Dragon Door’s website and send them a message through their contact page. Make sure to include the name and location of you facility, as well as how many people it can fit and what equipment you have (pull-up bars and flag poles are the main requirements).

          • V Kishore Vancheeshwaran

            Hey Al,

            I would like to host the PCC in Chennai, India. But I’m not a certified trainer, nor do I own any gym facility. I am just a college student who is interested in calisthenics. I wish to know the requirements of hosting PCC, so that maybe I could arrange for it here. Maybe I can host it, or co-host it, if thats ok with you people, depending on your requirements. I can’t assure it right away, it may take around 6 months to a year. Please let me know the requirements. Thank you.

          • I appreciate your enthusiasm but you would need to own a facility that has the proper equipment in order to host a PCC, or at least be able to handle all the logistics of arranging for the use of such a facility. With all due respect, hosting an event like this is probably not a job for a college student.

    • John Du Cane

      V Kishore, it is there now:)

  • Lee

    Absolutely would love to attend the PCC! Columbus, OH or any Heartland location would be nice. I was excited about the New York PCC as I really hope to visit Tompkins Square. Park someday and thought I would have been able to do both in the same trip….maybe next time–Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks for the message, Lee! We will definitely be doing another NYC cert. Hopefully we will get to Columbus at some point, too!

  • jpujjayi

    great job.. everything in place… organization, instructors, training, ….good form,, attention to mind and breath…strong finish…. keep on rollllllln !!!

  • villafan

    Hey Al, i live near Birmingham, United Kingdom and i would love to meet you guys and get certified. I looked at getting to the Ireland PCC but it was out of reach sadly. A PCC event in England would be huge, Big respect!

    • Thanks! We are hoping to get to the UK next year!

  • Alejandro

    Hey Al,
    I would like to host a PCC event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    • Thanks Alejandro! See my post below about hosting an event.

  • nico

    I could attend sweden or holland (live in belgium, so a session in belgium would be awesome)….but I’d fail the century miserably for pullups where I still max out a 5-6 reps 🙁

    • John Du Cane

      Nico, don’t let that stop you from attending!

    • You have plenty of time to get your reps up between now and then! Sign up now and use that to keep you accountable with your training!

      • nico

        I guess I’ll see you in Holland in october then 🙂 (what have I gotten myself into :p)

        • Excellent! Keep training hard and I’ll see you in October!

  • Marius Mare

    ‘Sup Al??

    Just wanted to let you know that I am a huge fan of your work. You made me a life-long calisthenics enthusiast (I’m only 18) and you changed my life indirectly . I’m convinced that there is a special place in heaven for people like you who change other peoples’ lives by following your passion.

    Bless you and I hope you prosper in your training all your life and change even more lives. I can’t wait to experience the thrill of the pcc workshop when it comes to South Africa.

    Have a good one man!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Marius! I’m honored to have had such an impact on you! I look forward to meeting you when we do PCC in South Africa, whenever that may be.

  • Benji Williford

    I’d love to host a PCC in Eau Claire, WI.

    • Hey Benji! If you haven’t already, reach out to John Du Cane directly or send a message through Dragon Door’s contact page. People who’ve taken and passed the course already make the best hosts!

      • Benji Williford

        Thanks Al.

  • Matt Schifferle

    World Domination! (*evil chuckle*) It’s true what they say, taking control over your body first and the rest will fall into place.

    • Ha – I like that! First your body…then the world!

  • Mohammed

    It would be excellent if a PCC event is held in London, England. Please, please make it happen!

    • I agree! I am hoping we will be able to hit the UK next year!

  • Mohammed

    A question: is there a minimum level of strength/fitness one must have to attend? Can those on the earlier levels of CC attend?

    • Hey Mohammed – There is no minimum requirement to attend, but to get the certification you need to be able to complete a test. The details are here: http://pccblog.dragondoor.com/al-kavadlo-century/

      • Mohammed

        Thanks for your reply, Al. I believe I could do the squatting part of the century right now. I hope to have enough strength and and endurance to do the full century by the time you come to the UK (London, I selfishly hope, hehe).

  • Reid Peterson

    I want to be ready to help instruct a PCC workshop next time it comes to Minnesota! It was a fantastic weekend!

    • Thanks, Reid! It was great meeting you! I will keep you posted on any possible assistant opportunities in the area.

  • Imad

    Come to Calgary! I live by your experience and insight. Would love to be part of the pcc

    • Thanks! There seems to be a lot of interest in Canada. I’d say there’s a very good chance PCC is going north of the border in 2015. 🙂

      • Mario

        YES please come to Canada! Toronto/Mississauga

  • I just couldn’t be prouder of the PCC, especially what these great instructors have achieved…Al, Danny, Adrienne, you all such amazing athletes AND teachers and have taken this so much further than I ever could. (John and Steve and Angelo and Rose and all the other PCC Instructors also. They are ALL gold, all part of my family.)

    Respect to all of you. With you guys on the case, bodyweight will be bigger over the next decade than ever in history. I almost have to pinch myself when I say it, but thanks to you–and all the incredible PCC participants–it’s actually TRUE.

    • Thanks, Coach! None of this would have been possible with you and Convict Conditioning!

  • Clive Burns

    Love your work and passion. Would be great to see you in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia. Brisbane would be good or my hometown in Noosa Heads (great surfing) would be better 🙂 Thanks. Hope to meet you some day, somewhere.

    • Thanks, Clive! We were in Melbourne recently – maybe next time we head down under we will make our way to Brisbane.

  • Karen Lee

    Yeeeah! Global Domination! Can’t wait to see this become the norm in training 🙂 and looking forward to the day when I’m ready to be part of this awesome PCC group.

    • Thanks, Karen! Hope you can come next time were in MN!

  • Great stuff Al, just need to buy myself a warehouse in Sydney now to get you guys back over here 😉

    • Thanks, David! Sounds like a good plan! 🙂

  • If PCC takes over the world, I won’t be a exercise hipster anymore. I am so proud to see how far PCC has come in such a short time. It would be great to see a PCC event in Toronto.

    • Well you can always tell people you were doing it before it was cool!

      Looking forward to meeting you when we make our way to Toronto, whenever that may be!

  • Hi Al. Congrats for all your great work!. I’m a big fan of yours. Are you planning to come to Madrid SPAIN to teach us?. I can’t wait any longer! 🙂

    • Thanks, Javier! I think it’s only a matter of time before we make it to Spain for a PCC. 🙂

      • Great news!!. Please, don’t forget to tell me to lock a spot!!. Thank you and I wish you the best of luck

  • John Du Cane

    Not sure why it hasn’t posted before: please email support@dragondoor.com to communicate your interest in hosting a PCC and we will follow up with you. To host, you need to have a well established fitness facility/business and a good following/client list. Almost certainly you will need to be in a large urban area with easy access to your location. Thanks!

  • SimplyHuman

    Let’s please get one in New Orleans! The closest thing we have to anything concerning progressive calisthenics down here would be gymnastics. A lot of people could use it and I’d absolutely love for an environment of likeminded fitness enthusiasts to be created in the city!

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