The First Rule of PCC

by Danny Kavadlo on August 19, 2014

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Danny Kavadlo fight club tribute photo

People are always asking me if I know Coach Wade. “Is it true?” they ask. “Can he really do one-arm handstand push-ups? What does he look like? Is there a Progressive Calisthenics Certification coming to my city?”

“Yes there is!” I tell them. Tell everyone you know! The first rule of PCC is you DO talk about PCC.

The second rule of PCC is you DO talk about PCC. The next event is October 10-12 in Haarlem, Holland! This particular workshop really looks like something special. My brother and PCC Lead Instructor, Al Kavadlo, have personally met and trained with Martijn Bos, owner of Trainingscentrum Helena, Holland’s #1 Calisthenics and MMA studio, where we will hold the country’s first ever Progressive Calisthenics Certification. We are looking forward to meeting a lot of new friends there!

Danny Kavadlo Coaching Hanging Knee Raise

Danny Kavadlo coaches Martijn Bos at PCC Germany.

No wait. Back up. Let me start over.

For months, I couldn’t sleep. My brother Al and I were literally the top Personal Trainer and Fitness Manager in a company that employed thousands. Our job was to train everybody generically regardless of individual situations. Which company did we work for, you ask? A major one. In fact it is one of the biggest chain gyms in New York City. But we wanted something more.

Tired with the standard conventions of the industry, we chose to walk off the beaten path. Commercial fitness teaches trainers to believe that with isolation machines and protein powders, we will grow to be athletic, strong and functional. That if we buy this product or that pill, all our problems will be solved. But they won’t.

We’re a generation of men and women raised on gimmicks and machines. Advertising has us chasing treadmills and Shake-weights. Thigh-masters. Bowflex. We were wondering if another piece of equipment was really the answer we needed.

Al Kavadlo bridge

Many do what they’re told. Pull a lever, push a button. At PCC, we do Push-Ups instead of pushing buttons. We don’t pull a lever; we become the lever. It was right in everyone’s face. We just made it visible. It was on the tip of everyone’s tongue. We just gave it a name.

Danny Kavadlo Human Flag

Welcome to PCC

Every time we arrive in a new city, we meet people we’ve never trained with before, yet we have an instant kinship as fellow bodyweight warriors. We’re all part of the same family. Déjà vu all over again.

Al and Danny Kavadlo at Munich Airport

You wake up in Munich

To date, we’ve had nine Progressive Calisthenics Certifications in seven different cities, spanning three continents. Bodyweight training, the oldest and noblest form of strength training, is gaining a resurgence. Progressive Calisthenics is becoming this incredible, global community. PCC is the first and best bodyweight certification.

PCC Workshop in Sweden

“What’s next?” everybody wants to know. “Is it true? Is Coach Wade building an army?”

DO talk about PCC! Tell everyone you know!

The posse’s gettin’ bigger!



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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  • dhairya

    YAHH Danny, You Hit the center point,..
    Letting the truth out is the biggest challenge. Ask Assange 😉
    Changing mind is the biggest miracle. Coach brought the revolution in the fitness industry more than any one else. He once again pushed the train to a proper direction.
    Everybody in gym should know strength does not come from isolation and Damn protein shakes..
    Bang the body with brutal bodyweight training and see where you will be!

    there is no harm in spreading truth.

    thanks DK,

    • dannykavadlo

      YEAH DHAIRYA!!!!
      Brilliant!!! Everyone who reads this article needs to go out and TELL THREE PEOPLE ABOUT PCC. That’s tonight’s homework! HELLYEAH!!!!!!!

      • dhairya

        3-9-27-DO THE MATHS THEN…..

        • dannykavadlo


  • jma

    That’s brilliant. I hope you don’t pee in the soup.

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks Jma! I did not pee in the soup, but watch that movie projector VERY closely!

  • Jonathan F.V.

    I think Fight Club is my favourite movie ever. Good lines!

    • dannykavadlo

      My favorite too. Perfect analogy as well. Thanks for writing!

  • Chris Fluck

    This may be the best blog post yet! “You’re not your fuckin’ khakis!” I can’t think of a better fitness analogy than Fight Club and PCC. Now I need to go outside and challenge someone to a pull-up contest 😉

    • dannykavadlo

      YEAH CHRIS!!! I knew you’d really get this one. YOU ARE NOT YOUR KHAKIS!

  • nico

    looking forward to attending the haarlem pcc, i am a bit stressed on completing the century as some shoulders and wrists have been giving me grief the last 6 months but almost back to 100% 🙂 so I’m not were I wanted to be for my push- and pull-ups, but ready to give it my all anyhow!! As I’ll arrive a day early, it would be fun to meet up with any attendees and trainers already there on thursday…if anyone attending is interested let me know 🙂

    • dannykavadlo

      We are looking forward to meeting you Nico! The Century test is only part of the weekend. There will be so much amazing information shared by so many passionate people. And like you said… give it 100% anyway! Cant wait!

  • Matt Schifferle

    Hell’s yes Paul Wade’s Army!

    Take’n up arms through working on our arms! And legs, and back and abs……..

    • dannykavadlo

      Arms, legs, back, abs, FULL BODY, BABY! ALL DAY! Thanks for the comment Matt! Good to hear from you bro!

      • Lindsey Dunn

        I always say screw leg day, back day, etc… Every day is move your body day…

  • Chris Fluck

    Hey Danny, does this mean that John Du cane is Ed Norton and Coach is Brad Pitt? 😉

    • dannykavadlo

      Yes 🙂

      • If they were really going to make a movie about John Du Cane, I think Edward Norton would actually be a good choice.

        • Nigel Havers. Watch him into Downton Abbey–he’d nail it.

          Al Kavadlo would be played by Aaron Taylor Johnson, and Tom Hardy would strap on some black sideburns to play a properly psychotic Danny.

  • Vasily

    Yo, Dan, thank you for such inspirational article! Just a few days ago I was trying to bring BW-info to my close friend, but I hit the wall named “barbells and free weights are always better to build strength and mass”. That made me very sad. In my country, BW-training primary associated with lightweight guys who can bang around 40-50 pull-ups but who is blown away with a light wind blow. Sometimes, when I start talking to people about bodyweight training and uselessness of large protein intake, I feel myself like a baptist preacher, who enters your house and starts conversations like “Do you believe in God? What do you know about Holy Bible?”. But despite this I will always try to enlarge our CC (or PCC)-family, ‘cauze bodyweight training is one of the thing that were in the past, that exists now and will become more and more in the future.


    P.S. You, Danny, look so huge on that photo with Al in Munich. Awesome, man!

    • dannykavadlo

      Thanks for some great comments Vasily! It’s true many people are victims of conventional wisdom, which as we know is not always spot-on. Sometimes talking about training is like religion or politics–people are set in their dogma. But that’s cool… Let’s just keep spreading the word, brothers and sisters!

    • Rodolfo Oliveira

      I feel you my brother Vasily! I am also a lone spreader of the PCC philosophy in my country! But no matter what people say, we are definetely part of the revolution!

  • PGJ

    Great stuff as always, Danny! Being on college budget back in Hungary PCC remains a distant dream for me, but till then, if Al, Coach Wade and you are building an army: count me in the reserve force! -Gary

    • dannykavadlo

      Right on PGJ!!!! We need a strong reserve force!

  • Rodolfo Oliveira

    I am Jack’s three different types of protein powder.
    I substitute his food and make him skinny-fat.

    Great post Danny! I LOVE Fight Club! It really shows the world’s true collors! I love to be a part of a movement that swims against the tide just like Tyler Durden’s Project Mayhem (without the psychopatic touch)! I think it will take a while for the PCC to come to Brazil but I wanna attend one so bad! I will be following the PCC rules up until that day and maybe I can be accepted after passing the verbal abuse test! Cheers!

    • dannykavadlo

      Ha! Hilarious. We should make a series: “I am Jack’s Shake Weight. I am Jill’s Abs-Isolation Machine.” Haha. Thanks for commenting Rodolfo. We hope to come to Brazil. South America is a new market for us. Keep spreading the word, my man. Keep the dream alive!

      • Rodolfo Oliveira

        Hahaha I am John’s gripmaster, he uses me everyday but can’t even hang from a bar…

  • Allisha – NYC PFT

    Coach Wades Army, Danny’s Army, Al’s Army – we’re in Danny! We’re not just inspired Danny; we’re fired up! Yours is a simple and sweet philosophy, and we aim to make it ours too. Keenly following and eagerly anticipating more from you.

    Kru Allisha – NYC Certified Personal Fitness Trainer & Muay Thai Kru

    • dannykavadlo

      THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS ALLISHA!!!! We’re thrilled to have you on the team!!!!

  • Carla Jurgensen Schwerin

    Looking forward to joining the posse in Milwaukee in November…can’t wait to meet you and Al….

    • dannykavadlo

      Hey Carla! I’m psyched you’ll be in Milwaukee. It’s gonna be epic! Looking forward to meeting you!

      • Carla Jurgensen Schwerin

        Psyched here too…..but scared as well!! LOL!!

  • Haydn

    When is the next Australian PCC guys? – Gutted I missed the first!

    • dannykavadlo

      Hi Haydn! We are looking to schedule something again down under perhaps in 2016. We’re going everywhere!

      • Good to hear you guys are coming back over here

        • dannykavadlo

          Dave good to hear from you!

  • dannykavadlo

    That’s what they say on the internet, Coach. Must be true, huh?

    • Rodolfo Oliveira

      If it’s on the internet, than it’s definetely true

  • Daniel

    Any chance of having a PCC here in Brazil?

    • Rodolfo Oliveira

      That, my friend, would been a dream come true… você é de onde?

      • Ian Costa

        Unfortunately, i think that a PCC in Brazil is just a utopia. That is sad.

        • Rodolfo Oliveira

          We can make that utopia come true. Where there is will, miracles happen.

  • Aleks Salkin

    This picture sums up my feelings about this blog.

  • Taylor Starch

    Please bring PCC to Colorado!!!!

  • Anurag

    India has d second largest population n most of d ppl here r unfit… Its like a gold mine for u guys.. Do come here

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