PCC Recap: 2014

by Al Kavadlo on December 16, 2014

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PCC Holland with Al and Danny Kavadlo

2014 has been a landmark year for the PCC and things are only getting bigger!

In the first full calendar year of PCC, we held 9 certification events and tested over 200 candidates, visiting 6 different countries on 3 separate continents along the way. Personal records were shattered, friendships were formed and lives were forever changed. (Perhaps mine more than anyone else’s!)

John Du Cane, Al Kavaldo, Danny Kavadlo, Adrienne Harvey

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to meet and work out with other like-minded calisthenics enthusiasts from so many different places. I am proud to say there are now certified PCC coaches all over the world!

Al and Cecelia Tom Clutch Flag at the PCC

The calisthenics movement continues to grow and grow. Next year we have confirmed 11 more PCC events through the end of September (we will likely still add one or two more for October-December).

In 2015 we’ll be visiting unchartered land as well as returning to some familiar territory. Here is the line-up for the new year:

January 23-25, 2015 – PCC in Encinitas, CA

February 27 – March 1, 2015 – PCC in Mountain View, CA

March 27-29, 2015 – PCC in Minneapolis, MN

Mini Group Photo MN PCC Workshop

April 17-19, 2015 – PCC in Munich, Germany

April 24-26, 2015 – PCC in Alessandria, Italy

May 1-3, 2015 – PCC in Dundalk, Ireland

May 15-17, 2015 – PCC in Dallas, TX

Mini Group Photo Germany PCC

June 5-7, 2015 – PCC in NYC

July 31- Aug. 2, 2015 – PCC in Alexandria, VA

Sept 11-13, 2015 – PCC in Haarlem, Holland

Sept 18-20, 2015 – PCC in Chicago, IL

Hope to see you there! We’re Working Out!



About Al Kavadlo: 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 three books, including Raising 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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  • jpujjayi

    y’all doing a great job…!!.. right place/right time… more power to you all.. !!

  • Eric Buratty

    Hey Al, this 2014 recap was a great idea!

    Never before have I felt so connected and part of a family after attending Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification. From the PCC group dinner on Saturday to the instructors’ accessibility even after the event was all said and done made it feel like I really did get my money’s worth. In this capacity, the networking and friendship aspect you mentioned is (was) one of the highlights of PCC for sure.

    P.S. — You’re coming back to the Virginia and DC Metro Area . . . HELL YEAH!

    • Thanks, Eric! We had such a great workshop in DC last time, we had to do it again!

      • You really can’t get a cooler endorsement than that, huh?

  • kaz

    Any thoughts of coming to Michigan (USA)

    • Not in the immediate future. In the meantime, you should consider traveling to attend on our other US certs. 🙂

  • Was glad to have helped teach at a few of them this past 2014… hoping to be at many more in the future — it’s a great team, and the participants who show up, fitness professionals, trainers, enthusiasts are just fantastic to work with!

    • Thank YOU, Adrienne for everything you’ve done and continue to do for PCC!

      I’ll see you at PCC Encinitas in January!

  • Justine

    What about Australia? Will you be coming to us?

    • PCC will return to Australia! We are looking into possibly heading down under late next year or in 2016.

  • Andy

    Anything in the UK?

    • So far just Ireland, but hopefully UK in 2016!

  • You guys–the whole team–have really run with the ball on this one. The worldwide impact has been off the charts. I’m so proud of all of ya.

    Let’s hope this runs for many more years!

    • Thanks, Coach! You made it all possible!

    • I hope so as well – PCC for life 🙂

      The PCC in Alexandria, VA was a life changing experience for me, and the fascination all started with Convict Conditioning! I’m hoping that we can all keep making you proud, Coach! (And I’m getting closer by the week to nailing that one arm pullup, so there’s that as well 😀 )

    • A big high five to you, Coach! This has been such a great opportunity and so much fun.

  • Lee Smith

    Love seeing the PCC movement — like its followers — growing stronger! Any plans on coming to Canada? (Western Canada ideally?)

    • Thanks, Lee! I’d love to do a PCC in Canada! Hopefully that will happen one day!

      • Hi Al, I’d also love to see the PCC come to Western Canada (Vancouver). Maybe if more interest is shown, it can be sooner ( possibly Oct 2015) rather than later (?) Incidentally, I think it’s great how you continue to smile even while doing strenuous exercises;-)

  • Zeb Shockley

    Is this a good course for absolute beginners? I just bought Convict Conditioning to start. I’ve lifted weights in the past but the progressive calisthenics really caught my attention. Is there a certain level I should meet before I attend the PCC?

    • Definitely keep working with Convict Conditioning, and after you are familiar with the material, start working on or towards the Century Test. Here’s a couple of posts about it that may prove helpful: http://pccblog.dragondoor.com/al-kavadlo-century/ and http://pccblog.dragondoor.com/conquering-the-century-test/ BUT it is also good to note that the full range of progressions are taught at the PCC Workshops too. I’m sure Al will have some more advice to add for you, but welcome to the PCC Blog! And congrats on starting with Convict Conditioning! 🙂

    • If you can pass The Century, then you are ready to take the PCC. However, we have had a handful of attendees who were not interested in testing to get the certification just take the course to learn and have the experience. Anyone can attend, you just might not be able to actively participate in every module (but you can still watch, learn and have fun!).

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