Interview with Al Kavadlo
WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE NAME AL KAVADLO...
LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE MAN BEHIND THE BEARD
29 September 2015 | Photo Credits: Neil Gavin
Al Kavadlo is one of the world’s leading experts in bodyweight strength training and calisthenics. Al has been featured in The New York Times and is a regular contributor to Bodybuilding.com and TRAIN magazine. The author of five books, including Zen Mind, Strong Body and Pushing The Limits!, Kavadlo is also known for his appearance in the popular Convict Conditioning book series. As lead instructor for the Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC), Al gets to bring his unique coaching style to fitness trainers and enthusiasts around the globe.
- Age: 35
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 160
- Location: NYC
What is your regular Workout Routine?
"MY WORKOUT ROUTINE CONSISTS OF ALL BODYWEIGHT EXERCISES."
My routine consists of all bodyweight exercises. I practice pull-ups, push-ups, pistol squats, handstands, human flags, back bridges, L-sits, muscle-ups, levers and more. I don't have too much structure to my training other than consistent practice and treating it more as fun than as a strict workout routine.
Do you follow a Nutrition Plan? Supplementation Plan?
I don't take any supplements of any kind whatsoever - I just eat real food. I don't count calories or macronutrients, I just try to be reasonable with my portions. I aim to keep it as simple as possible. You don't need to do math if you use common sense.
What keeps you Personally Motivated?
I love to train! I never really have to force myself to practice calisthenics because it's fun! If I want to take a day or two off then I will. Fitness is my living so I've gone through times when I've felt burned out with my own training. That's why these days my main priority is to enjoy the process and not get too hung up on future goals.
What sort of things are you working on currently?
I released a new book earlier this year called Zen Mind, Strong Body. I'm also currently traveling the world teaching the Progressive Calisthenics Certification, which has been getting a fantastic reception. So far I've taught the PCC in the US, UK, Holland, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Australia. We will be visiting many other countries over the next few years.
Do you have any Long Term Goals?
I'm already living my dream. If I get to keep doing what I'm doing for years to come then I'll be eternally grateful for all of it.
What is your favorite Calisthenics Exercise or Progression?
It's so hard to pick just one, but I've got to go with pull-ups!