Strength Rules Is Here

by Danny Kavadlo on November 24, 2015

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Danny Kavadlo Strength Rules Book Cover

First Things First

I am the luckiest guy who ever lived. When my last Dragon Door title, Diamond-Cut Abs was released one year ago, it was extremely well received. In fact, it became a #1 bestseller!

Diamond Cut Abs Bestseller

I consider it a tremendous honor that my words, programs and experiences resonated with so many. I am grateful that in the months that followed, I received a great deal of correspondence about Danny-style abdominal training. But, interestingly enough, for as many abs-related questions and comments as I received, there were even more inquiries about Danny-style strength training as it relates to the entire body. People loved the abs, but they wanted more! In fact, I had never authored a book about full-body strength training… until now!

I knew I had something unique to bring to the table and here it is… Strength Rules.

Full Disclosure

Just prior to the writing of Strength Rules, my life went through some unprecedented and unexpected changes. Things that I thought would last forever fell apart. On New Year’s Day 2015, a ten-year relationship with the woman I thought I would spend the rest of my life with ended. Fast.

Things change. I’ve never needed strength more than I have in the past year. I went from being a family man to a full time single dad. I had to be strong for myself, but even more so, for my son. It was at this time when I realized that a book about full body physical strength simply would not be enough…. My next work would have to be about mental strength, spiritual awareness and emotional fortitude as well.

Danny Kavadlo Truth

So There You Have It

Strength Rules is my most personal work to date. The project is about perseverance, endurance and overcoming obstacles. It contains over seventy-five bodyweight exercises, including Plyo-Muscle-Ups deconstructed like you’ve never seen before, not to mention my in depth take on One-Arm Push-Ups. This book is about working hard and mindful practice–making the time to train, prioritizing what matters most and not taking “No” for an answer. We cover living a healthy life, harvesting physical prowess and fostering a positive mental attitude. Strength Rules focuses on walking face-first through the fire, and coming out stronger for it. Not in spite of it, but because of it!

Danny Kavadlo Muscle-Up

Everything is fair game in these pages and I pull no punches. Be prepared not only for my unconventional take on nutrition, but also on the supplement businesses, equipment manufacturers and even the medical industry!

Danny Doc

Further, Strength Rules contains workouts, progressions, supplemental stretches and some amazing (and far out) images. It even has the long awaited return of Danny’s Dos and Don’ts! I can’t wait for you to check it out!

But Don’t Take My Word For It

In the words of Olympian, scholar and author Dan John (from the foreword):

“This book is about true strength. The old kind of strength where heroes were people, like Beowulf and Ullysses, who protected the community first. This book is about empowering yourself and others. Strength Rules by Danny Kavadlo is so good you can’t ignore it.”

Danny And Wilson

Strong to the finish.


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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  • I was in the local library last week & had a nose through the exercise shelf. There was a book on strength training that I had a quick flick through. It was all indoor machines, swiss balls & recommendations for topping up on protein with powder drinks afterwards. The pictures were sterile, the text was blah. At least that’s my opinion. I know that that sort of thing suits a lot of people but it doesn’t suit me.

    I swim with a lot of different people but rarely have anyone do any calisthenics with me – I don’t exercise at a set time – if there’s a tree branch or a park bench & I’m feeling keen the workout starts there & then. Other times, the garden rig is always open. Consequently this forum is the place to “socialise” with other practitioners. It’s the virtual water cooler at a global gym with digital photos to upload instead of posing in the mirrors. Reading the articles gives us an insight into the contributors. I feel like I know a lot of you though I’ve yet to meet anyone off here.

    If you buy a book off one of the contributors you already know the style – you’ve heard their voice before & it’s familiar. I bought Danny’s ebook last week & read it in 24 hours, couldn’t put it down. Full of the right sort of information presented in his own way which has humour & enthusiasm jumping off the pages. I loved it. I realise too that a lot of thought went into the photos, I think that really sealed the deal for me, dramatic backgrounds, good theatrics.

    You can always learn something new & if you already know sometimes it’s good to be reminded when the presentation is delightful. I loved your book Danny. It deserves to do very well.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Hey Dan. I am glad you dig the book! I put everything I had into it. Thanks for the kind words!

  • jpujjayi

    looking forward to your book Danny.. transitions in life are what make us whole.. deepening our compassion towards ourselves and others… your spirit comes through clearly with sharing your path… your previous books are a delight.. and when we have this ‘inner strength’… it’s truly a gift of sharing.. thank you for it and keep on ‘keepin’ on’ …!!! jim perry

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Thank Jim,
      It’s always great to hear from you my friend. Thanks as always for the support!

  • martymonster

    Hi Danny,
    Just ordered my copy, it should be on the Kindle when I get home. I am seriously looking forward to this, particularly the one arm push up details. I’m on the cusp and could use some advice to push me over the line.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      HEY MARTY,

  • Congrats, Danny! This is the best one yet (which is saying a lot!)

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Awwww shucks,

  • I might be a bit biased, but I LOVE this book!! 🙂

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Hey hey hey,
      I love it too. We’re working out! HELLYEAH!
      Keep the dream alive,

  • Matt Schifferle

    Congrats on your new Book Danny! I just picked it up myself and will tear into it ASAP. If it’s even half as good as DCA I’m stoked!

    btw, I think I mentioned this to AL but wanted to let you know as well, It was great to experience the classic Kavadlo teaching at the SCC a couple of weeks ago. After attending the PCC a couple years ago I can tell you’re teaching style has become stronger and more potent. Looking back on Everybody Needs Training I can tell you’re writing style has followed suit. Thank you so much for including us in your journey as you grow stronger.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Wow Matt,

      Thanks brother. I really appreciate everything you said. It was great to see you and thanks for the kind words… we’ve been working hard!

  • Rodolfo Oliveira

    Congrats on the new book! So far it’s been amazing! Love your philosophy about training, it is something the world of fitness and health has been sorely needing! Along Al’s and Coach Wade’s books it will form my new self! Cheers!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Hey Rodolfo,
      Thanks so much for your comment and for picking up the book!

  • Karen Lee

    Congratulations, Danny! This post has me even more eagerly awaiting my shipment. More Danny-wisdom!!

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Let me know what you think! Thanks as always for the support!

  • RevivePlayer

    Your son is very handsome.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      YES HE IS!!!!! Just Like His Pops 🙂

  • Jack Arnow

    I’ve ordered, but not yet read Strength Rules. I have met Danny and hung out with him several times. If the book is one quarter as impressive as Danny is in person, I will be happily satisfied. Danny is inspiring, knowledgeable, kind, wise and fun. I have gained from his ideas on exercise and life. I look forward to see what insights and wisdom Danny has shared in Strength Rules.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Wow Jack!!!! Thanks man! Your words are too kind, especially coming from a living legend like yourself! I am continually inspired by you as well. In fact, I quote you on page 65 of Strength Rules. Thanks for the support and friendship!

  • This book is pure BRILLIANCE and is the manual I have been waiting f-ing YEARS for…from my favorite badass strength athlete of the modern era, Danny Kavadlo!

    I kid you all not this one is the bomb. If you are thinking about getting hold of this bastard, you can take it from Coach–stop wasting time and get it, you will not regret it.

    Trust me–I wouldn’t put my rep behind a book this way unless I was real nuts about it.

    • Danny Kavadlo

      Thanks as always for the support Coach! It means a lot to me coming from you my friend!

    • Benjamin dumbrell

      I feel bad about posting on Danny’s great article buy I would like your advice coach. I read your article on the Joe hartigen method (54321) and it’s awesome, how many times a week would you recommend training a exercise with this method? Is 1 time per week enough? Thanks.

  • Wade Race

    I just heard a podcast you did on Rdella training and as someone who is on his way to getting PT certified, I can genuinely say that that single podcast gave me more information on how to be a good personal trainer than anything I’ve read or heard in the past 5 years I’ve been training. Your “Magnificent Seven” article on was a favorite. Just wanted to give you props. Looking forward to “Strength Rules”!

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