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8.67 out of 10 (3 reviews)
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By Stephen VentimigliaJamaica, NY, United States

Al paints such an invigorating story in this book and it really sums up the three books(Raising The Bar, Pushing The Limits, and Stretching Your Boundaries) for body-weight training. Zen is the answer when it comes to working out and Al portrays this in the perfect way.

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Zen Mind, Strong Body

How to Cultivate Advanced Calisthenic Strength—Using the Power of "Beginner's Mind"

By Al Kavadlo

Paperback 124 pages

In Zen Mind, Strong Body, acclaimed bodyweight exercise expert Al Kavadlo presents his “philosophy of fitness”—a philosophy that has allowed him to endure injury-free, while achieving some of the world’s most challenging movements, be it the One-arm Pull-up, the Human Flag, the Stand-to-stand Bridge, or the Front Lever. It’s also a philosophy that’s allowed Al to sculpt a magnificent physique—while maintaining an ever-burning passion to further develop his calisthenic excellence.

Al’s “secret sauce”? A Zen-like attitude to physical cultivation—which marries intense focus with a light-hearted “joy-in-the-journey.” Zen-like too, is Al’s insistence on intuitive simplicity and his celebration of personal, direct experience as the most trustworthy teacher.

Zen Mind, Strong Body culls 26 of Al’s favorite articles, elaborating his position on a wide spectrum of fitness subjects from diet and supplements, to machines and free weights, to cardio options, to mental training. For Al, though, all roads finally lead to Bodyweight Exercise—as the supreme path for all-around, everyday athleticism and practical functionality.

Want what Al Kavadlo has? Absorb the hard-earned, earthy training wisdom in Zen Mind, Strong Body—and you will be on your way.


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Invest in the Wisdom of Zen Mind, Strong Body and Discover:

  • How to put the fun back into your fitness—instead of treating your workouts as a chore…
  • How to combine "presence" and joy—for a deeper, more rewarding training experience…
  • How "light heart" translates to "heavy payload"—when it comes to spectacular, long-term physical gains…
  • How to infuse "warrior spirit" into your body-mind—and attain the calisthenic ideal of physical excellence…
  • How to recruit the power of the "Big 3"—Experience, Logic and Intuition—as your preferred allies in the battle against weakness, fatness, slowness and tiredness…
  • Why to beware of the "Tricky 3"—Dogma, Faith and Science"—when it comes to wise practice in diet and exercise…
"Al Kavadlo’s Zen Mind, Strong Body is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant forest of rote physical training books. I have had the good fortune to train and learn from some of the best in the world, and Al Kavadlo is among the few people I would travel and pay money to train with."—DR. CHRIS HARDY, Author of Strong Medicine
  • The empowering secret of "open-ended" program design—to free you from the shackles and restrictions of one-size-fits-all fitness shibboleths…
  • The key differences between gymnastics and calisthenics—when considering your optimal goals for physical development…
  • How to make impressive gains year-after-year—while staying off the "injured reserve" list…
  • How to marry fun and function—for athletic longevity and enhanced well being…
  • How to use your mind to manifest what you choose—including the body of your dreams...
"Al Kavadlo is a master of bodyweight training and calisthenics. If you want to gain strength and improve flexibility, and do it all without a single piece of gym equipment, Al's the expert you should turn to."—MARK SISSON, Author of The Primal Blueprint
  • The "Specificity Principle"—and the direct approach to getting better and better and better…
  • The hows and whys of building strength without mass—when whipcord-functionality is your goal…
  • The #1 factor to consider in practicing strength as a skill—it’s the difference between longterm success and the also-rans…
  • What "business" you need to focus on first—if being a lean ‘n mean machine is what you want…
  • Why "subtle nuance" can be more important than "gross motor"—when developing supreme movement skills…
"Zen Mind, Strong Body by Al Kavadlo should be the first book you look at when considering the world of bodyweight work."—DAN JOHN, Author of Never Let Go
  • The 5 major levels of bodyweight strength—so you know where you stand in the chain of greatness…
  • The 4 best bodyweight drills to emulate the benefits of the traditional deadlift—when you don’t want to bother with a barbell…
  • The special significance of Back Bridges—for longevity in your strength practice…
  • Why walking is overrated as a preferred exercise choice—for almost anyone…
  • Why you don’t need to take a single supplement—yet still achieve peak levels of fitness…
"Zen Mind, Strong Body expertly covers the methods, the moves, the nutrition, the equipment, the benefits, the philosophy and even the culture of bodyweight training. If you are a newbie uncertain about whether to explore bodyweight, or an advanced athlete looking for a new take on the most ancient conditioning method, this is now the definitive go-to book."—PAUL "COACH" WADE, author of Convict Conditioning

Table of Contents
Foreword by Mike Fitch
Introduction by Al Kavadlo


PART I — ZEN MIND
1 Zen Mind/Calisthenics Mind..................1
2 Sifting Through The Madness...............3
3 Make Your Own Workout......................6
4 It’s Not Gymnastics..............................10
5 No Year’s Resolutions..........................15
6 It’s All In Your Mind...............................17
7 The Specificity Principle.......................18
8 My Path To The PCC............................21

PART II — STRONG BODY
1 Strength Without Mass.........................29
2 Calisthenics And
Body Awareness.....................................35
3 Mastering Your Bodyweight.................36
4 Bodyweight Deadlift
Alternatives ............................................39
5 Why I Don’t Wear
Workout Gloves......................................43
6 Clean Up Your Muscle-up....................45
7 Avoiding Injuries In
Strength Training.....................................48

PART III — DO YOU DO CARDIO?
1 Is Walking Really
The Best Exercise?................................55
2 Bodyweight Conditioning.....................56
3 Beginning Running..............................63
4 Running The NYC Marathon...............65
5 Racing The NYC Triathlon...................67
6 Death To Cardio...................................70

PART IV — STAY HUNGRY
1 Why I Don’t Use Supplements.............75
2 Diet And Exercise.................................77
3 I Peanut Butter..................................79
4 The Best Exercise
For Weight Loss.......................................81
5 All Or Muffin..........................................83

BONUS SECTION: SAMPLE WORKOUTS
1 Bodyweight Beginner...........................88
2 Bodyweight Baron................................92
3 Bodyweight Beast................................94
 
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8.67 out of 10 (3 reviews)
 
 
Rated 10/10 If I can give this book a score higher than 10....
 
By Stephen Ventimiglia / Jamaica, NY, United States

Al paints such an invigorating story in this book and it really sums up the three books(Raising The Bar, Pushing The Limits, and Stretching Your Boundaries) for body-weight training. Zen is the answer when it comes to working out and Al portrays this in the perfect way.

He answers a lot of questions regarding how to approach body-weight exercise, what to do for nutrition, cardio, and fills in the cracks for what's missing in his other books. That's if there is anything missing.....

Not likely! A perfect zen-ten! Thanks Al!

 
Rated 10/10 Zen Mind Strong Body
 
By Mike McPhiliips / Pawling, New York, USA

I believe that Al's book is the best thesis on PCC bar none it surpasses Convict Conditing

 
Rated 6/10 Wasn't what I was expecting
 
By Joel Baker / Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, usa

While I appreciated the read and great story (very inspiring), the book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. It certainly is not 124 pages, and is basically a picture book of Al's start in the business, running, and mentality of exercise (which was awesome!). I guess I was expecting more of an exercise/progression book for calisthenics.

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