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About Danny Kavadlo
Danny Kavadlo was born in Brooklyn, NY, eats mainly plants and animals, and exercises every day. Danny helped pioneer the bodyweight fitness craze with #1 Amazon best-selling titles like Strength Rules, Diamond-Cut Abs, and Get Strong. He has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, New York Post, and Men’s Health, and is a contributor to TRAIN magazine and Bodybuilding.com. When he’s not traveling the world as Master Instructor for Dragon Door’s acclaimed PCC Certification, Danny works with personal training clients in New York City and virtual clients everywhere. He encourages you to keep the Dream alive.
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“I have been asked countless times over the years to recommend the finest source on combining weight training and bodyweight work... but I have always had to just shrug. Coaches and authors who really understand both disciplines at an elite level are few and far between. But the wait is over. FINALLY that book has been written!
Anything Danny writes, I devour and learn from. In Hybrid Strength Training, Danny will show you how the combined power of calisthenics and free weights can help you take quantum leaps forward in your strength and physique... the programs in these pages would put meat on a damn pencil. Get your hands on this book!” — PAUL WADE, author, Convict Conditioning
“With Danny Kavadlo's Hybrid Strength Training, we have a way forward. There are no frills and no dogma. Danny takes the best from the bodyweight and free weight worlds, creating an accessible and highly effective chimera. These are fundamental strength moves clearly illustrated and put into practice with excellent progressive programming.
I could hand this book to one of my strength-training newbie patients and feel confident they could safely and effectively begin a life-long resistance training practice.” — Dr. CHRIS HARDY, D.O. MPH CSCS, author, Strong Medicine
Where do you belong on the strength continuum? And where do you want to be? Too often, we know what we should be doing to gain strength, but we lack direction, a plan, motivation and intelligent guidance to make appreciable gains over the long haul. We have no real goal, no proper focus and therefore underachieve—going nowhere with our strength…
Get Strong is a guidebook for those who are dissatisfied with their current rate of progress—and who want to effect lasting changes, fast…
Your great advantage with the Get Strong program is the intelligent realism of its plan.
While the Kavadlo brothers have achieved supreme feats of calisthenics strength—like the one-arm pull up, the human flag and the back lever—they have also spent decades helping thousands of clients meet and often exceed their training goals.
And you can see from their photographs that their choice of exercise regimens has resulted in beyond spectacular physiques. With the Kavaldos’ strategies you get strength and looks in one awesome package.
So, you can consider the Kavadlos curators of not only the most effective bodyweight exercises, but also the programming needed to extract the full juice from those chosen drills.
As experienced architects and constructors of strength, the Kavadlos know what it takes to advance from absolute newbie to elite practitioner. The Kavadlos also know how to strip things down to their essentials—to get the most out of the least, the biggest bang for the buck…
You’ll discover what key exercises in what exact progressions will give you the best results in the fastest, safest time.
Get Strong guides you through four major phases of strength, using a construction analogy: Foundation, Brick and Mortar, Concrete and Iron and Forged Steel. Just follow the master architects’ blueprint as drawn—and you cannot fail but to grow a stronger and better-looking body. It’s inevitable!
When you graduate from Phase 3, Concrete and Iron, you will already possess a beastly level of functional strength—with a body to match.
When you graduate from Phase 4, Forged From Steel, you will be at a world elite level for pound-for-pound strength. And the beauty of it all: you can do it!
Once You’ve Got Strong, Then What?
Once you have completed the Get Strong 16-week transformation program, you won’t want to stop and rest on your laurels. Because it’s all too easy to let entropy take over and to start sliding. Or, perhaps you need a helping hand to complete the program…
The Kavadlos have anticipated your needs beautifully with Part II, Stay Strong.
First, Al borrows from his Ask Al blog formula and answers most of the questions you are likely to have about the 16-week program. Here’s where to go if you’re stuck in any manner whatsoever…
Then Doctor Danny delivers the Dos and Don’ts of “right conduct” in the quest for bodily fame and fortune. Preach it Danny! Invaluable tips from a man who seen just about everything in the training world, from good to bad to ugly…
Next, we have a dynamite set of Supplemental Exercises you’ll want to mix in at some stage. All those Kavadlo favorites that didn’t make the cut for one reason or another in the 16-week program: like muscle-ups, flags, dips…
Want variety in your workouts? Sure thing, the Brothers deliver the goods in Supplemental Workouts…
Hungry for more variety still? Partner Exercises are an awesome way to add fun and challenge to your calisthenics.
"Al and Danny Kavadlo are acknowledged worldwide as masters of urban bodyweight training, so it's no surprise that this book is, without question, the new "bible" of the movement. This work is the greatest manual on progressive calisthenics available on the market today. It's loaded with incredible progressions, stacked with tips and techniques, and overflowing with philosophy and wisdom. The programming sections are beyond extensive. Street Workout is THE magnum opus of the two greatest calisthenics coaches on the planet today. All serious athletes and coaches must buy this book!!"--PAUL "COACH" WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
Your Ultimate Guide to Full Body Fitness Without Weights: The Secrets of “Street Workout” Revealed…
How to Release Yourself from the Gym, Restore Your Primal Power and Reclaim Your Inner Beast…
According to the Kavadlos, working out should be fun, adventurous, primal and pure. And no training style embodies those elements quite like Street Workout. The outside world becomes your total gym--you roam free to get stronger using simply your own body and the environment at hand…
The great masters of Street Workout perform stunning physical feats that can intimidate lesser mortals. But the beauty of the Kavadlos’ approach in Street Workout is to make even the toughest moves achievable by any enthusiast willing to follow their guidelines. Street Workout’s multi-faceted, progressive approach leaves nothing to chance--allowing even a raw beginner to transcend his mortal frame and ascend to the giddiest heights of physical supremacy…
Intermediate and advanced calisthenics practitioners will discover a veritable treasure chest of tips, techniques and insider secrets--guaranteed to force-feed their future achievements in the realm of bodyweight mastery.
Pushing, pulling and squatting your own bodyweight along with forward flexion and back bridging represent the basics of getting brutally strong, solid and unbreakable. By utilizing basic principles of progression such as the manipulation of leverage, adding or removing points of contact and/or increasing the range of motion, you can continue to get stronger without ever having to pick up a weight--and have a helluva good time while you’re at it!
Street Workout proves it so--with its mix of inspirational photography, exact detail on what to do when—and its step-by-step blueprints for off-the-charts, eye-popping physical excellence.
Street Workout fires its first barrage with a crucial section on the Foundational Progressions--future and ongoing physical greatness cannot be achieved without mastery of these five fundamental pillars of fitness…
You will immediately appreciate the nobility, virtue and integrity of these movement patterns. Absorb the wisdom of this first section and you have absorbed the very heart and soul of the Street Workout ethos.
Mastering the exercise progressions in the Skills & “Tricks” section will propel you to new heights, to the land where the giants of Street Workout strut their splendid stuff. And make no mistake, only the bold of heart, the iron-willed and the profoundly persistent will be godlike enough to make it all the way.
In other words, do you want to be: More than just gym-strong? More than just functionally strong? More than just sport-specifically strong? Do you demand instead to be: Tensile Strong? Versatile Strong? Pound-for-Pound Strong? The Ultimate Physical Dynamo? A Mental Powerhouse? Then welcome to Danny’s World… the world of Strength Rules--where you can stand tall on a rock-solid foundation of classic strength principles…Arm-in-arm with a world leader in the modern calisthenics movement…Then… with Danny as your constant guide, grow taller and ever-stronger--in all aspects of your life and being--with a Master Blueprint of progressive calisthenic training where the sky’s the limit on your possible progress…Do Danny’s classical Strength Rules--and, for sure, you can own the keys to the strength kingdom…
“I have been waiting for a book to be written on strength training that I can recommend to all of my patients, and Danny Kavadlo has delivered with Strength Rules. Danny has written a stripped down approach to strength that is accessible to everyone.
He has distilled his wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching and bodyweight strength training into a program that is cohesive, scalable, and instantly applicable to all comers. He has also added a rock solid approach to nutrition and ample doses of inspirational story telling and philosophy, resulting in the gem that is Strength Rules.
I dare anyone to read this book and still give me an excuse why they can’t strengthen their body and improve their health. No excuses. Get the book and get to work!”--DR. CHRISTOPHER HARDY, author of Strong Medicine
“Strength Rules is one of the finest books on strength I've ever read. No ifs, ands or buts. Not just ‘bodyweight strength’--strength, period. If you want to learn how to unleash ferocious strength and power while also improving your health and ridding yourself of extra fat and joint pain, THIS is the book you need to own.
If you are a bodyweight master, this is the bible you will want to go back to again and again, to keep you on the straight and narrow. If you are raw beginner--then get this book right now, follow the rules, and save yourself years of wasted effort! Strength Rules is as good as it gets!--PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
Almost every strength exercise comes down to the basics. Essentially, Squat, Push and Pull. These three broad, essential movements are the granddaddies of ‘em all. Throw in some Flexion, Transverse Bends and Extension, and you’ve got yourself the tools for a lifetime of full body strength training. That’s why the exercises contained in Strength Rules are divided into these few, broad categories. Everything else is a variation. There is no reason to overcomplicate it.
The Strength Rules mission is to help anybody and everybody get in the best shape of their lives Strength Rules lays out the truth clearly and succinctly, giving you the tools you need to grow stronger and persevere in this mad world—with your head held high and your body lean and powerful…
The exercise portion of Strength Rules (titled ACTIONS) is split into three levels: Basic Training (Starting Out), Beast Mode (Classic Strength) and Like A Boss (Advanced Moves). Naturally, not everyone will fall 100% into one of these groups for all exercises in all categories and that’s fine.
“Strength Rules by Danny Kavadlo is so good you can’t ignore it. It’s minimalistic. It’s low tech. It’s simple. It’s right.
Hit your core harder for a faster, tougher, more effective workout. Unlike a fixed pull-up bar, rings are free-floating and unstable. They can swing back and forth, rock side to side and even rotate. This forces your body to stabilize itself to a greater degree. Win the stability game and your reward will be a higher-functioning, more resilient system that can better adapt to sudden, surprising challenges to your balance and overall equilibrium.
Enjoy a greater freedom of movement when practicing your favorite moves. The more freedom and fun you have when you exercise, the more likely you are to persist and keep on getting stronger and stronger. Because they are not connected to one another, rings allow you to pass in between them on moves like the skin-the-cat and muscle-up. Whereas you must maneuver around a pull-up bar, rings will not get in your way.
Become more durable — and extend your training life. If your joints start screaming at you and you feel all broken up, then your gains are going to turn to losses, right? Your success is dependent on your weakest links —the joints and tendons. Training with rings can potentially be more forgiving on your joints, particularly those of the wrists, shoulders and elbows. By allowing your hands to rotate, your joints may move in a more personalized range of motion. And this in turn can be a lifesaver for the tendons.
More easily perfect moves you’ve been struggling with. Though some exercises are more challenging when performed on rings, others are more accessible. When you incorporate rings into your training you automatically open up new ways to be athletically more effective.
Abolish the wrist pain that often plagues floor exercises like planks, L-sits and handstands. Since parallettes allow your wrists to maintain a neutral position during these and other exercises, they offer a great way to work around (and possibly help eradicate) any issues that may plague your wrists.
Translate a stronger grip into greater overall body strength. Squeezing parallettes while practicing these exercises creates more tension in your upper-body, which can facilitate a greater mind-muscle connection. This will help stimulate greater strength gains, especially with regard to your grip, core and shoulders.
End exercise paralysis by finally being able to nail a “hard-for-me” move. Elevating your hands with parallettes makes many exercises more accessible than when they’re performed on the ground. Often, beginners lack flexibility and/or core strength. Having extra clearance beneath your body can make just enough of a difference to help you nail your first L-sit or tuck planche.
Let’s you adapt the exercise tool to fit YOUR body, rather than being the prisoner of a more rigid setup. You can adjust the width of your parallettes to suit your individual proportions, which you cannot do with affixed bars. More freedom of choice of position — and presto, faster, better gains!
"Danny and Al Kavadlo have truly taken their already masterful bodyweight strength instruction to the next level with Next Level Strength. Rings and parallettes are great training tools, but the genius of this book is in the exercise selection and progressions. The program is accessible to the beginner, while giving the advanced trainee all they can handle. Most importantly, the program is fun and goal oriented, and will be in regular rotation with my own training. The Kavadlos always set the bar high with the quality of their books, and I think this one will become my favorite, which is saying a lot. Next Level Strength should be on the bookshelf of any serious student of strength.
According to Danny Kavadlo, training your abs is a whole-life endeavor. It’s about right eating, right drinking, right rest, right practice, right exercise at the right time, right motivation, right inspiration, right attitude and right lifestyle. If you don’t have that righteous set of abs in place, it’s because you have failed in one or more of these areas.
With his 25-plus years of rugged research and extreme physical dedication into every dimension of what it takes to earn world-class abs, Danny Kavadlo is a modern-day master of the art. It’s all here: over 50 of the best-ever exercises to develop the abs—from beginner to superman level—inspirational photos, no BS straight talk on nutrition and lifestyle factors and clear-cut instructions on what to do, when. Supply the grit, follow the program and you simply cannot fail but to build a monstrous mid-section.
In our culture, Abs are the Measure of a Man. To quit on your abs is to quit on your masculinity—like it or not. Diamond-Cut Abs gives you the complete, whole-life program you need to reassert yourself and reestablish your respect as a true physical specimen—with a thunderous six-pack to prove it.
“Diamond-Cut Abs condenses decades of agonizing lessons and insight into the best book on ab-training ever written. Hands down.”—PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
“Danny has done it again! Diamond-Cut Abs is a no-nonsense, results driven approach that delivers all the goods on abs. Nutrition, training and progression are all included, tattoos optional!”—ROBB WOLF, author of The Paleo Solution
“There are a lot of abs books and products promising a six-pack. What sets Danny's book apart is the realistic and reasonable first section of the book… His insights into nutrition are so simple and sound, there is a moment you wish this book was a stand alone dieting book.”—DAN JOHN, author of Never Let Go
"As soon as I received Diamond-Cut Abs, I flipped to the table of contents. Amazingly I found what I have been fruitlessly looking for in ab books for decades: 66 pages dedicated to NUTRITION. Kavadlo passed his second Marty audition by not echoing all the bankrupt politically-correct, lock-step, mainstream nutritional commandments. When Dan starts riffing about eating like a horse, eating ample amounts of red meat, shellfish and the divine pig meat (along with all kinds any types of nutrient-dense food), I knew I had to give my first ever ab book endorsement. When he noted that he drank whiskey while getting his abs into his all time best shape, it sealed the deal for me. Oh, and the ab exercises are excellent.”—MARTY GALLAGHER, 3-Time Powerlifting Champion, Author of The Purposeful Primitive
"Danny Kavadlo's book might be titled 'Diamond-Cut Abs' but the truth is that it goes way BEYOND just ab training. Danny has actually created a guide to Physical Culture & LIVING healthy. The traditional fitness industry has gone astray from what the body truly needs. Since 1989, I've read a ton of abs-related books—and they don't scratch the surface of what's inside Danny's masterpiece. From powerful nutrition methods to training the entire body with a holistic approach, Diamond-Cut Abs is a vital addition to anyone's library. I LOVE it!”—ZACH EVEN-ESH, author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning
“Danny's new book definitely hits the mark.
"Christmas wishes DO come true….Danny Kavadlo has written a training book! Imagine if you could squeeze all the hard-earned wisdom, secrets and tactics of one of the world’s hottest personal trainers between the covers of a beautifully illustrated tell-all manual, and you have imagined Everybody Needs Training.
Like Danny himself, this groundbreaking book is incredibly smart, brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny, and totally out of left field…if you train others (casually or professionally), want a career training others, or if you just love the now-famous “Kavadlo approach” to getting in shape, you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of this masterpiece. I cannot recommend it highly enough."—PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
“Danny Kavadlo strikes the right tone: if you are built for it, personal training is one hell-of-a-satisfying career: do it right and you are literally transforming people’s bodies and lives. So if you think you’re built for it and considering jumping into the shark tank of personal training, Everybody Needs Training will be invaluable. And the tattooed Gonzo vibe is priceless.”—MARTY GALLAGHER, author of The Purposeful Primitive, 3-time World Masters Powerlifting Champion
"Danny Kavadlo has personally helped me become a more successful trainer and coach. I cannot recommend Everybody Needs Training enough. It's the best book I've ever seen on the subject of being a professional trainer."—ADEL GABER, World Class Trainer & 3-Time Olympic Wrestling Coach
"Everybody Needs Training is a must-read for every personal trainer wanting to take it to the next level, and everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a personal trainer. This book allows you to get inside the genius PT mind of Danny Kavadlo, a master of his craft, speaking off the cuff to you about training—priceless!"—ERRICK MCADAMS, Personal Trainer, Model, Fitness Personality