The SCC is Here!

by Al Kavadlo on November 10, 2015

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First Ever SCC Workshop Group Photo
Since the launch of the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) nearly 3 years ago, my brother Danny and I have had the amazing opportunity to teach calisthenics to fitness professionals and enthusiasts all over the world.

The reaction to the PCC has been tremendously positive. Those who attend get better at moving their bodies, but many people are moved emotionally as well. Each person brings their own unique experience to the group and we all leave with new knowledge and inspiration. The only thing stronger than our attendees is the camaraderie formed during the time spent training together and learning from one another.

Though the success of the PCC has had a powerful impact on the underground calisthenics scene as well as the mainstream fitness industry, the 3-day course can be intimidating to some. Furthermore, many people who’ve expressed a desire to attend the PCC are simply unable to make a 3-day commitment.

The brand new Strength Calisthenics Certification (SCC) is changing all of that. By providing a 1-day calisthenics experience focused solely on Coach Wade’s “Big 6″–the squat, push-up, pull-up, bridge, hanging leg raise, and handstand–the SCC offers calisthenics fans the chance to test the waters without having to dive in headfirst.

Last Saturday the SCC made its debut in New York City. Fitness enthusiasts from all over the world came together in the Big Apple for a fun-filled day of calisthenics and strength coaching. Attendees hailed from Germany, Ireland, and Canada, as well as many of the 50 states.

In addition to Danny and myself, the entire PCC leadership team was on hand for the debut of SCC: Adrienne Harvey, Angelo Gala, Beth Andrews and Logan Christopher were all there helping to coach and inspire our SCC hopefuls.

We spent the morning focused on floor calisthenics, including loads of push-up, squat, bridge and handstand variations, then got on the pull-up bar in the afternoon to work on hanging leg raise and pull-up progressions. Everyone was challenged to push themselves and many personal bests were set. We even had one attendee achieve her very first full pull-up!

After the training I lectured on a wide variety of topics including principles of progression, bodyweight programming and the reality of the personal training business.

The day seemed to fly by in a New York minute and everyone had an amazing experience. When all was said and done, we had a brand new group of freshy-minted calisthenics warriors!

Though the first SCC has come to an end, this is really just the beginning. Look for more SCC workshops to be announced in the weeks and months ahead. I hope to see you at a PCC or SCC in 2016.

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 five 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

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  • Lee

    The SCC was a great experience! Thank you to all the instructors for being so approachable and encouraging an environment that enabled everyone to get to know new people. Definitely one of the top cert course experiences I’ve ever had….and I’ve been doing this for 15 years!

    • Thanks, Lee! Proud to have you as part of the SCC family!

      • ken

        when are you guys gonna get to Rhode Island?Can this event be held outdoors?I train outdoors year round I’m 59 yrs old and been training martial arts and strength since I was 17 right now using cc’s big six and rings of power and reading mental muscle.Really would like to get you guys here.

        • We’ll likely be in Boston next year. That’s probably the closest we’ll get to Rhode Island. Hope to see you there!

          • ken

            How can we get a scc to happen here in RI?

    • John Du Cane

      Fantastic to hear Lee!

  • Such an awesome workshop! The people who showed up for it were so motivated and the material of course was top notch! Can’t wait to share the SCC with the USA and the world!

    • Thanks, Adrienne! We’re just getting started!

  • Frank Fedele

    Looks amazing, I am going to try to get to one when it get’s close to me!

  • Matt Schifferle

    This was one hell of an experience! Nothing beats hands on training. Even though I’ve been focusing on the big six for a while I still came away with a number of massive ways to improve what I was doing. Angelo’s tips on bridging alone was worth the trip!

    Thank you so much to Al, Danny and the rest of the DD team!

    • Thanks, Matt! It was great having you there!

  • tarapitapioco

    Started the Big-6 trip a couple of months ago.
    Look forward to see you in Italy in a SCC day!

    • SCC will definitely take place in Europe next year! Stay tuned!

  • Sweet! Glad it was a success and that more will be rolled out in 2016. I’ve been doing a lot of Chen style Tai Chi, Yoga and healing work because of rotator cuff injuries that have been lingering from years of abuse. Too much yang. lol

    I have all your books and really want to get involved in bodyweight training again. I would love to heal up and get certified in your Progressive Calisthenics. I will start incorporating the easiest progressions of Convict conditioning and work to resolve my imbalances and injuries.

    I hope to meet you guys one day. Until then keep going strong

    • Thanks, Brandon! I look forward to meeting you at PCC or SCC when the time is right.

  • Logan Christopher

    It was a great event. I look forward to more in the future.

  • Eric Sielewicki

    So very glad to hear that the SCC is helping others to participate in something great and to try to break into personal training when they might not otherwise have been able to make the commitment. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to join you all the next time around. In the meantime… I’ll be working out. 🙂

    If I’ve learned anything over the years through trial and error it’s that the basics will take you far and that there are always creative fun ways to make the basics ever more challenging.

    Now if only friends and family wouldn’t keep telling me that spending money and time even on the SCC is “A lot of money, and for what?” Sure, maybe I don’t want to become a full-time personal trainer, but if I can get a solid certification so that I can help the odd person out knowing that I’m actually qualified to do so I think it’s a good investment! Besides that it’s something I have to earn and that’s pretty cool in my book. 🙂 Nobody complained when I spent money on a college degree! (LOL)

    • Thanks, Eric! I’m glad you see the value in what we do. Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

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