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An excellent book with amazing high quality photos and well written explanations of exercise performance! It is concise and to the point; a sign of one's skill and mastery in any art! Al's philosophy is spot on; he will not tell you what to do and how to think, but give you the tools to create…Read More
By Al Kavadlo
Paperback book 224 pages
Read the foreword by Jason Ferruggia
What is more satisfying than OWNING a primally powerful, functionally forceful and brute-strong body? A body that packs a punch. A body that commands attention with its etched physique, coiled muscle and proud confidence…A body that can PERFORM at the highest levels of physical accomplishment…
Well, both Al Kavadlo—the author of Pushing the Limits!—and his brother Danny, are supreme testaments to the primal power of body culture done the old-school, ancient way—bare-handed, with your body only. The brothers Kavadlo walk the bodyweight talk—and then some. The proof is evident on every page of Pushing the Limits!
Your body is your temple. Protect and strengthen your temple by modeling the methods of the exercise masters. Al Kavadlo has modeled the masters and has the “temple” to show for it. Follow Al’s progressive plan for primal body power within the pages of Pushing the Limits!—follow in the footsteps of the great bodyweight exercise masters—and you too can build the explosive strength and possess the magnificent physique you deserve.
"When people ask me about bodyweight strength training, I point them to Al Kavadlo. Pushing the Limits! is a must-have for bodyweight training enthusiasts or anyone looking to build strength without lifting weights. Al lays out dozens of effective exercises for every fitness level, while making the journey fun and encouraging."—MARK SISSON, author of The Primal Blueprint
"In this awesome new book, Al only asks that you find ONE piece of equipment—your body! Stoic, Spartan, perfection...this book is bodyweight strength training for the ultimate purist!"—PAUL WADE, author of Convict Conditioning
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—TABLE OF CONTENTS —
Foreword by Jason Ferruggia
Introduction: Wrestling With Fitness… 1
Chapter One: Progressing To Proper Push-ups…11
Chapter Two: Knowing Squat… 25
Chapter Three: Bridging The Gap… 43
Chapter Four: Advanced Push-ups… 67
Chapter Five: Advanced Squats… 99
Chapter Six: Full Inversions… 111
Chapter Seven: Owning The One Arm Push-up… 132
Chapter Eight: Troubleshooting The Pistol Squat… 147
Chapter Nine: All Together Now… 175
Appendix A: Bonus Exercises… 183
Appendix B: Sample Routines… 201
About The Author… 209
An excellent book with amazing high quality photos and well written explanations of exercise performance! It is concise and to the point; a sign of one's skill and mastery in any art! Al's philosophy is spot on; he will not tell you what to do and how to think, but give you the tools to create what you desire from the information you receive. There is very little text written on programming and when to progress as these are things you will need to develop on your own as you grow and progress within your own practice. Having said that he has indeed covered all that one really Needs to know on this point! He has given some basic standards for progression, but the philosophy is perform an exercise, practice and refine it until it is no longer a challenge then progress to a more difficult variant. Until you have reached the point of progression your focus is on practice and refining your form and technique, listen to your body and follow your own intuition; profound I know. On a personal note, as a woman, I am extremely happy to see someone has included women in the exercises throughout the book. So much focus has been placed on men in this art it is nice to have a woman's presence. Also, along those lines, Al's personality shines through as the real deal, a genuine, knowledgeable, authentic person who appears to absolutely love doing what he does. That in itself is inspiring and who doesn't wan to to support and promote someone like that! I swear he is smiling in virtually every photo, no matter how difficult the movement! You will not regret buying this book; it is top quality all the way around!
I'm a physical therapist in orthopedics with all the frame wear and tear of a lifter. I use Al's stuff for myself and for patients and always get good outcomes. On my field there are those that make it happen, those that watch it happen, and those that dash in afterwards and ask "Hey, what just happened?" Grab a copy of Al's book. Make it happen.
I'm a doctor that uses functional rehab to get my patients better. This book has helped so much with all the great pics and showing and explaining what and why they are doing these exercises. Also when I get down and show them myself they can see that it is totally achievable! If you are wavering on getting this book, get it! I promise you won't regret it! From a functional stand point Al, Danny, and Paul are spot on! I've seen and experienced "miracles" from doing these workouts! I have had a bad shoulder, low back, and hyperextended both knees in college football and was told I needed multiple surgeries and was always going to have pain..... WRONG! I am completely pain free and thank these hard working guys for everything they do! I can't wait to see what's next!
Fantastic book, it is extremely well written and way a joy to read! Not only that but it was inspiring and motivational and PUSHED me to advance my own body weight training. The details, exercises and progressions are clear and easy to understand. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys body weight training!!
Whether you've read Al's previous books, or not, you'd do well do check this one out. It's packed with exercises and progressions to keep even the most advanced body-weight athlete working hard. At the other end of the scale, this book won't be intimidating for beginners either, very few books can boast both ends of the scale in this detail. Newcomers to body weight workouts will find this book a refreshing change from some other testosterone fueled publications. What makes this book such a great reference manual are Al's innovations with progressions. He is always working to make life easier and more interesting as you step up the ladder to the master steps, making each step as enjoyable and rewarding as the final exercise itself.I've had the pleasure of training with Al in New York and his refreshing approach and attitude to body weight training is infectious, as is that smile you've become familiar with on Youtube. If you haven't yet, search Youtube for Al Kavadlo and see some well produced, clear and concise videos on everything from simple pushups to the human flag, and everything in between. They're far from your average cell phone videos and elsewhere would be chargeable content. Check them out, check Al out, be inspired, then buy the book. You will not be disappointed
With Pushing The Limits Al Kavadlo has produced another book that is literally packed with bodyweight training ideas. Beautifully shot, the book also takes a systematic approach to bodyweight training and provides the reader with countless progressions. You could literally spend a lifetime trying to achieve and perfect all of the feats in this book. Get in now, you won't be disappointed! - Matthew PalfreySandbag Fitness
Al Kavadlo has been offering his knowledge and unique style to the growing calesthenics movement for years and I personally think that “Pushing the Limits” is his masterpiece! The keys to a successful bodyweight training program are adding complexity, altering your leverage and proper progression, Al demonstrates all of these aspects flawlessly. Whether you’re an advanced bodyweight athlete or just getting started “Pushing the Limits” has something for everybody. If you don’t have this powerful tool in your arsenal, you’re seriously missing out!
Great book. I advise my athlete patients to use this book as a reference to direct their training to a more "life long sustainable way" of peak performance. I developed a mat room workout routine for our Jr High wrestling team over the past couple years and utilized many similar exercises. I would recommend this book to all of our school district athletes to use on their own just to see how far they can excel. On the other hand, many of our patients suffer repetitive strain from imbalanced movement or sedentary postures over the years and want a quick fix. Even non athletes benefit from the basic neuromuscular conditioning to restore posture and balance movement. This book helps transition patients to more active participation in their care as well as providing an avenue to peak performance in most any sport including the sport of life itself. What a great all around guide to breaking the boredom of circuit training and a great break from heavy weight training. Stick with it and feel great!
This book covers a lot of info for a ton of variations on the different bodyweight exercises you can do. You'll have no problem working up a routine that matches your fitness level. The explanations are all easy to understand and I just get the sense Al had fun writing this - which gets me excited to start my own workouts, too. .I do graphic design work and the layout of Pushing The Limits is really sweet - plenty of pictures in a visually impressive book .
I worked with the Kavadlo brothers in NYC. These guys are no joke. They talk the talk and walk the walk, while making things fun for anyone at any fitness level. The best way to get started is to GET STARTED! Buy the book. -Errick McAdams, Certified Personal Trainer
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