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I am man of few words so I put it simple. Strength rules is not the best book about calisthenics, it is the best and most complex book about Strength, calisthenics and simple, powerful lifestyle. Maybe it is not full of super flashy moves or hundreds of variations of one move as other books,…Read More
“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. There are a million and one strength books out there about hoisting heavy iron and screwing up your joints...usually written by coaches and athletes using steroids and other drugs. But 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—Jeez, 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
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How to Be Tough As Nails—Whatever You Do, Wherever You Go, Whenever You Need it…
Want to get classically strong—in every dimension of your life—gut, heart and mind…?
In other words, do you want to be:
Do you demand—instead—to be:
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…
Ignore Danny’s classical Strength Rules—break them, twist them, lame-ass them, screw with them—then doom yourself to staying stuck in idle as a perpetual strength mediocrity…
The choice is yours!
However brilliant most strength books might be, 99% of them have a fatal flaw…
99% of otherwise excellent strength books focus on only one aspect of strength: how to get physically stronger through physical exercise. Health and multi-dimensional well-being is given at best a cursory nod… Nutritional advice is most often a thinly disguised pitch for a supplement line…
If you want a book that gives you the goods on full-body training, full-body health and full-body strength, then there’s precious little out there… So, thank God for the advent of Strength Rules!
Strength Rules embodies all elements of strength—even how they work into our day-to-day existence, the highs and lows of our being, for better or for worse…
Strength Rules is dedicated to those who are down with the cause. Those who want to work hard to get strong. Who insist they deserve to build their own muscle, release their own endorphins and synthesize their own hormones.
Strength Rules has no interest in fly-by-night fitness fads. Classic exercises have stood the test of time for a reason. Strength Rules shouts a loud "just say no!" to cumbersome, complicated workout equipment. Strength Rules walks a path free from trendy diets, gratuitous chemical concoctions and useless gear…
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. In fact, it’s likely that even the same individual’s level will vary from move to move. That’s cool; we all progress at different rates. Respect and acknowledge it. Trust your instincts.
Speaking of instincts, we are wired with them for a reason. If our instincts are wrong then that’s millions of years of evolution lying to us. A large part of Strength Rules embraces empowerment, faith in oneself and emotional awareness. Danny believes that being honest with yourself, physically, mentally and spiritually is a magnificent (and necessary) component of true, overall strength. Yes, sometimes the truth hurts, but it must be embraced if we are ever to be fit and free. We all have the power within ourselves. Use it.
Strength Rules cries out to all body types, age groups, backgrounds and disciplines. It talks to the beginning student. It calls on the advanced practitioner, looking for new challenges. It speaks to the calisthenics enthusiast and all the hard-working personal trainers… Strength Rules is for everyone who wants to get strong—and then some…
"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.
Kavadlo’s work always has me nodding along with a lot of ‘yeses’ and ‘good points.’
This book is about true strength. The old kind of strength where heroes were people, like Beowulf and Ulysses, who protected the community first. This book is about empowering yourself and others…without stepping on their heads to get to the top.
Kavadlo quotes one of my heroes, St. Francis of Assisi: ‘Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.’ True strength, becoming the best you can be, starts with what one needs to do rather than what one wants to do.
We often ignore calisthenics because of one issue: they are really hard to do. Stop ignoring them. Stop ignoring common sense in nutrition and supplements. Stop ignoring Danny Kavadlo. Again, Strength Rules is so good, you can’t ignore it."—DAN JOHN, author of Never Let Go
"I can't say enough good things about Danny Kavadlo. I just love his entire approach, mindset and overall vibe. And Strength Rules has to be one of the coolest, most badass fitness books I have ever seen."—JASON FERRUGGIA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION: Why Strength Rules
PART I: WORDS
Chapter 1. You Talkin’ To Me?
Chapter 2. Desert Island Workout
Chapter 3. Set In Stone
Chapter 4. Keep It Real
Chapter 5. That Voodoo That You Do
Chapter 6. Strong Words From A Strange Man
Chapter 7. Things That Make You Go Hmmmm
Chapter 8. Danny’s DO’s
Chapter 9. Danny’s DON’T’s
PART II: ACTIONS
Chapter 10. Basic Training (Starting Out)
-Starter Flex, Bend, Extend
Chapter 11. Beast Mode (Classic Strength)
-Classic Flex, Bend, Extend
Chapter 12. Like A Boss (Advanced Moves)
-Advanced Flex, Bend, Extend
Chapter 13. Stretch It Out
CONCLUSION: With Liberty And Fitness For All
I am man of few words so I put it simple. Strength rules is not the best book about calisthenics, it is the best and most complex book about Strength, calisthenics and simple, powerful lifestyle. Maybe it is not full of super flashy moves or hundreds of variations of one move as other books, but you know what? Who cares? I do not need hundreds of push ups variations what I need is a list of few basic exercises and their progressions and few hints how to make workout from them. So if you are novice who which to start with calisthenics and do not know where to start this is the right place. Are you intermediate who is looking for new inspiration? This is the best book for you. Are you elite who which for new point of view? Take this book. Are you human being? Guess what....
The Kavadlo's have become familiar to me though I've never met them in person. There's an honesty to their writing which I like a lot. Strength Rules is a beautifully put together book, colorful & funny as well as informative & truthful. There is some power in the words of Danny Kavadlo that shines out of the book. It's something I've come to expect I guess from watching the vids & reading his articles. For me the variety of opportunities to improve is what makes Danny's work special. I don't like going to gyms - so don't go. The park, beach, garden - that's where I like to train. Watching Danny do flags on the subway as the doors open as if blown off his feet or back levers in the city with amazed onlookers is the sort of love of exercise I can relate to. There's room on anyone's shelf for this title & you'll be glad you bought it.
Danny is a great writer and certainly has a lot to say about the fitness industry, working out, nutrition, mind, body and soul. The book provides some brief content about a topic and finishes each section with a list of 'Strength Rules', a bullet-point list rounding off each topic perfectly.It's refreshing and provides bare bones, straightforward advice on keeping fit, healthy and strong. Perhaps a little too simplistic for some, but then that's the point - a fit and healthy lifestyle isn't difficult but does require a consistent and dedicated approach to the kind of training Danny teaches. Straight to the point and a little brutal at times; if you're looking for supplement advice, weight recommendations or body building routines then the reader should look elsewhere as there are plenty of myths bust open here. You might not like reading about it! That said, while the book isn't ?fitness for body builders?, ?fitness for models? or ?fitness for athletes?, it IS fitness for all of us. The book makes that perfectly clear - all you need to do it is you.There are plenty of exercises that are broken down into as few steps as possible, with a great deal of information on the fundamentals of body weight training (as this is 100% a calisthenics book). That's essentially: push, pull and squat exercises. Stretching too! There are simple routines and suggested 'progressions' from beginner to expert with some utterly fantastic pictures and artwork throughout.I certainly enjoyed reading it, gave me a few things to think about and reinforce some of my own training principles - a benefit to trainer and student alike.
Danny Kavadlo is without a doubt a "Ruler of Strength!" The information, insights and techniques are absolutely invaluable and quite challenging! "Strength Rules" is without a doubt a way of life in addition to being a physically healthy approach to getting stronger! In three simple words..."Get this book!"
Danny explains everything, you need to know,about how to get strength in fast and simple way. Book is compatible with beginners, and also with advanced athletes. full with great photos and perfectly designed.Great job Danny
This is the book I always wanted about strength and training. It gives everything you need to become the best version of you. Danny is a real Master
I bought Strength Rules and I couldn't put it down. Fantastic book. It has got me hooked on sticking to bodyweight exercises. The reason I didn't give it 10 is because I think it would be good to have a link to some videos or more pictures of each stage for some exercises.
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