Al Kavadlo books – the MUST HAVE and here is why!

al kavadlo

Al Kavadlo books – your arsenal for an incredible body!

Al Kavadlo is probably the biggest promoter of Convict Conditioning. Not only incredible athlete but also author of a few books. He lives and breathes the philosophy of Convict Conditioning and teaches it on a daily basis.

I personally follow him religiously and his teachings really helped me tremendously on my journey. If you don’t know him yet – its time to meet the master and get all the knowledge to take your bodyweight training to the next level.

Who is Al?

al kavadlo progressive calisthenic

al kavadlo progressive calisthenic

Al Kavadlo is the Master instructor for Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification.  Al has been featured in The New York Times and is a regular contributor to and TRAIN magazine. Recognized worldwide for his amazing bodyweight feats of strength as well as his unique coaching style.

He wrote 3 books which are a must have.

What Al does really well is presenting very often complex amount of information in a totally accessible and non intimidating way aimed at any level of gym user, bodyweight athlete, or fitness enthusiast.

Here is the rundown from my favourite – and most useful to least if you would have to choose.

streching your boundaries

streching your boundaries

1. Stretching Your Boundaries

Flexibility Training for Extreme Calisthenic Strength

This is the newest of Al Kavadlo books. It teaches you step by step how to stretch for strength and flexibility., I was personally able to minimize my normal training soreness to zero. It gives you a huge selection of different exercises and stretches to best get the increase in range of motion that you are looking for and the flexibility that you want as well as sample routines. Its simply the best book about stretching I have ever picked up.

Get more info on the book here


raising the bar al kavadlo

raising the bar al kavadlo

2. Raising the Bar

The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics

Here Al breaks down every type of exercise you can do with a pull-up bar. If you are a bar lover and want to be a bar master – you must have this one. From the most simple form of each exercise progressing to the most challenging form of each exercise, Al covers it. As a Coach and bodyweight training addict I loved all the variations shown so I can now learn from Al.

This book is far beyond just pull ups and there are countless exercises for upper body and abs.  I just wished there were more workoutsbut you can definitely put together your own routine based on the info in the book.

Read reviews and get more info on the book here!


pushing the limits al kavadlo

pushing the limits al kavadlo

3. Pushing the Limits!

Total Body Strength With No Equipment

The keys to a successful bodyweight training program are adding complexity, altering your leverage and proper progression, Al demonstrates all of these aspects flawlessly in this book.  I personally use this book as a reference manual for progressions – which makes my training interesting and challenging every single time.  Whether you’re an advanced bodyweight athlete or just getting started “Pushing the Limits” has something for everybody. I love it and its a book I constantly come back to.

More info, reviews and pricing as usual and on Dragon Door



Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Is Al Kavadlo worth following? Let us know!

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Jeff Cowan

Professional trainer, ex cross-fitter and a long time calisthenic practitioner. Started with Convict Conditioning and developed levels of strength which led him to street workouts championships. Jeff writes about everything calisthenics focusing on control development, skill progression as well as injuries (as he got a few). He would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

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