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9.85 out of 10 (27 reviews)
Just what I was looking for
Rated 10/10
 
By Jon FrostNaples, Florida, USA

I just got this book and gave it a quick look through and it is exactly what I was hoping for. I have been a martial artist for 23 years and a kettlebell devotee since Pavel and Dragondoor burst on the scene years ago. As I have gotten older (now almost 45) I have become more and more…
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Get Strong

The Ultimate 16-Week Transformation Program For Gaining Muscle and Strength—Using The Power Of Progressive Calisthenics

By Al Kavadlo and Danny Kavadlo

eBook, 218 pages

Foreword by Mark Sisson

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"Get Strong is a phenomenal program. In this book, the Kavadlo Brothers will guide you from the very beginning and help you build a proper foundation. From there, they’ll gradually progress you through four phases of strength, giving you the progressions and programing details to take you beyond what you ever thought possible."
MARK SISSON, author of The Primal Blueprint

"To be strong is one thing, to teach strength is another. The Kavadlo brothers embody both. They explain everything in great detail, while providing clear images of them using the world as their gym."
ED CHECO, founder and CEO of Barstarzz

"I have read every word the brothers have written at least a dozen times, and there is no doubt about it—this is definitely the best book they have ever produced. Both the brothers teamed up for this one, and the elite-level calisthenics knowledge and passion these men have accumulated over decades of training and coaching at the highest level really shows on every page.

It's got all the programming you need to get to the highest possible level of bodyweight strength, plus, it's full of the wisdom and tactics you need to be able to apply that programming. I am very, very excited to see what students of bodyweight strength—newcomers and old dogs—are gonna be able to achieve with this book!!"
PAUL "COACH" WADE, author of Convict Conditioning

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How to Build a Better Body Fast

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.

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And you can see from their photographs that their choice of exercise regimens has resulted in beyond spectacular physiques. With the Kavadlos’ 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.

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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!

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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…

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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. The Brothers share some of their most iconic moves with you—with some mind-boggling displays of strength.

The Kavadlos are two of the most esteemed and influential article writers on the web. As a glorious Bonus Section in Get Strong they have each reworked their five favorite articles to immortalize them in print. Frankly, these ten wisdom-saturated articles are worth the price of admission alone…

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9.85 out of 10 (27 reviews)
 
 
Rated 10/10 Just what I was looking for
 
By Jon Frost / Naples, Florida, USA

I just got this book and gave it a quick look through and it is exactly what I was hoping for. I have been a martial artist for 23 years and a kettlebell devotee since Pavel and Dragondoor burst on the scene years ago. As I have gotten older (now almost 45) I have become more and more interested in calisthenics to compliment my kettlebell and martial arts training. However, I never get anywhere because I didn't have a real progression to follow. This book addresses that perfectly. I have Al's other books on stretching and pull ups and push ups and I can see how with the system in Get Strong I can apply it to every exercise in all the other books, too. And it's worth mentioning that not only is the information great, but these books are artistically pleasing to look at, and Al and Danny are great characters. But mostly, you can tell these two guys love what they do and are all about getting stronger and having fun, how can you not like them and want to support their work? I am really looking forward to going through the entire program as it's written and seeing where it will take me. I am confident that between 45 and 90 I will be in my best shape ever!!

 
Rated 10/10 Awesome book packed with useful content.
 
By Andy Bailey / Nevada city, California, USA

Purchased this book 10 days ago. Was excited to start exercising outside of the gym. In just a week I can tell this program is going to get the strength results and advances I'm looking for. As a heavier guy (240lb) chins and pull-ups have long been my nemesis. The gradual approach presented by the Kavadlo brothers in this latest book is ideal for myself.
I admit, I did skip phase one. I believe phase one is targeted to those who have very little to no strength training experience, but as the book states, the program caters for all and some will benefit from phase one.
I am using the program as a template, mixing up the routines and also adding other exercises or altering the exercises, implementing gym rings and extra reps where possible.
As far as progress so far, it's hard to comment much after a week, though in just that short a time my chin ups are seeming much easier each day.
I have always been a skeptic of bodyweight workouts, but I feel with consistency and constant progression that this program WILL get you strong! The brothers know their stuff, and are both living proof that it works, and works well.
If your looking to get out of the boring, sweaty gym and obtain functional, legitimate strength gains then this book is for you.

 
Rated 10/10 Perfect, simple and effective.
 
By J Bruyere / Nashville, TN, USA

I've been studying calisthenics for several years now and have a few books from Al already. After reading the book and testing myself, I was able to start further along in the phases. That said, I had hit a few plateaus and have annihilated them after following the remaining phases. These two guys are no joke. The course is so well written and 100% effective. I'm beyond happy to have this book in my arsenal.

 
Rated 10/10 Love this program!
 
By Rich Bullock / San Francisco, CA, United States

I think I have all of the Kavadlo Brother's books and Get Strong is my favorite! Everything is explained incredibly well and as with all of their books, the photos are extremely helpful in making sure you're performing the exercises correctly. I have both the actual book as well as the digital version so I can follow the program on my phone and workout at the park down the street from my house or even on my lunch break at work. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get strong with an easy to follow program. Thanks again Al and Danny, you guys are the best!

 
Rated 10/10 Fantastic and Achievable
 
By Olivia K / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This book is fantastic! I am a big believer in body weight exercises and using simple equipment to become fit and strong. This book provides an incredible amount of guidance. Every phase is a well thought out progression so that you will achieve the final stage.

The progression of difficulty is so easy to follow that you can adjust each phase to suit your own needs. For example for phase 1, I could do all the exercises well except the active hang. So I progressed all my exercises to phase 2 except the active hang. I didn't give up and I could do the active hang for the required amount of time. I still completed the phase 1 test to officially do phase 2.

Everything in this book is achievable and you must have the drive and patience to allow your body to adjust and develop. I, personally, will take more than 16 weeks to complete the program but I look forward to my journey.

 
Rated 10/10 The perfect intro to physical culture for kids
 
By Ron Richards / Vienna, VA, USA

My 12 year old son loves this program. The pictures of Al and Danny doing crazy strength stunts sold him on starting the program and the tangible results he's seen after 6 weeks are keeping him motivated to continue. This is also great father and son time since we workout together. My son claims he's stronger on the basketball and tennis courts and he can't wait until soccer starts up again in the fall.

A couple of notes to parents if you're looking at this book for your child. One, do the workout with him/her no matter what level you're at. I simply substitute harder variations or exercises for myself as appropriate. Two, if your child is new to working out, spend the first couple of weeks working on the groove for each exercise and don't worry about numbers. After two weeks, buy log books for yourself and your child and let your child record and plan their own workouts. My son has really taken ownership of his progress through recording each workout and planning the next.
Three, you may need to explain up front that a "week may not be a week". Six weeks in my son is just completing week 2. He's actually at week 4 or beyond on everything but pushups but those have been coming along slowly for him. I wish they had labelled them step 1...step 16 instead of by week, but this is a minor quibble. But setting expectations up front is very important so your child won't get discouraged if they can't hit the week 1 numbers after 3 workouts.

I'm somewhere in phase 2 or phase 3 depending on the exercises and I can't wait until my son catches and surpasses me. At 55 I can still make progress but it won't be as fast as my son. Thanks Al and Danny for making me do the bridging progressions.

This book is just the ticket to introduce your child to physical culture with a minimum of expense, equipment and time. Get Strong uses well thought out progressions to strengthen the entire body. Do yourself and your kid a favor, do Get Strong with them and it will give you both gifts that keep giving for a lifetime.

 
Rated 10/10 A new student
 
By Jim Fitzpatrick / Columbus, Ohio, US

Over the years, I've tried it all. The problem is, I've never felt strong. I began reading about the strongmen, the guys that were naturally strong. I eventually wandered into the world of calestinics and found Al and Danny Kavadlo. They broke it down and explained how to build genuine strength. I was then left with the problem of putting it all together and coming up with a workout. This is the book that takes care of it, and it starts at the beginning. With progressions, anyone can begin this and become their best. I'm now a lifelong fan and I have this to thank as the true beginning of a journey of strength. At any fitness level, this book will be your stepping off point to get strong.

 
Rated 10/10 The best callisthenic book ever
 
By Alex Belov / Alpharetta, GA, United States

The best callisthenic book ever exists. Period.
Very easy, without extra details each exercise explained and provided best way to accomplish it.
Working out as prescribed, with recommended days off magically bring your body in best shape in your life.
One very good part is self-control. After each phase you are taking test and you decide if you are ready to move next week or you should repeat last week set.
Great support, all question is answered with no time in very friendly manners.
Absolutely no commercial or extras to buy.
Get your copy and begin making new you.

 
Rated 10/10 Tremendous addition for your strength library!
 
By Jesse Ellis / Marlow, Oklahoma, US

This book is well thought out and well put together. Whether you're just starting out with calisthenics or have been doing them for years, this book has some gems for you. After stalking with my own progress in calisthenics, I have found the programs laid out by Al and Danny truly help solidify your foundation. It's easy to neglect the basics in light of the flashier tricks and movements, but doing something as simple as the flex hang quickly shows you why you should always focus on the fundamentals and pay your proper dues. I highly enjoyed reading the book and enjoy implementing the programs, and I absolutely can't wait for my children to discover this gold mine when they get a little older. If you're on the fence on whether or not to buy this book, just buy it. You won't regret it.

 
Rated 10/10 Just what I wanted.
 
By Rhys Sherring / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I've been following the Kavadlo's for a few years now, and constructed a lot of workouts from Al's previous Raising the Bar and Pushing the Limits. Now I'm thoroughly enjoying following the Kavadlo brother's latest in Get Strong. I follow the routine religiously and of course will be following it all the way through, no matter how long it takes. Body weight calisthenics has made me feel much stronger than any gym work ever has. I'm a Kavadlo fan for life!

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