Pushing The Limits! Ebook

Pushing The Limits! – Total Body Strength With No Equipment is now available in ebook format! (Paperback coming in April.)

While my last book, Raising The Bar covers all the essential bodyweight exercises that require a pull-up bar, my new book focuses on my favorite bodyweight exercises that can be done with no equipment at all.

Pushing The Limits! covers dozens of types of push-ups and squats, including one arm push-ups and one-legged squats. The book also goes over back bridges, headstands, handstands and other inversions.

Click here for more information or to purchase your copy of Pushing The Limits!

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

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

“Whether you are an advanced bodyweight conditioning athlete or a wet behind the ears newbie, Al’s Pushing the Limits! has something for you. Easy to follow progressions allow you to master advanced push up, squat and bridging variations. All you need is the will to do it! No gym required.”

Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution

“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

“This is the book I wish I had when I first started working out. Knowing Al’s secrets and various progressions would have saved me years of wasted time, frustration and injuries. The variations of The Big Three and progressions Al lays out will keep you busy for years.”

Jason Ferruggia, author of Renegade Muscle

“I LOVE this freaking Book!!! I will use it with my athletes, with the adults I train, in my own training and with my kids. This stuff reminds me of the old school Strength & Health Magazine, I’m fired UP!”

Zach Even-Esh, author of The Bodyweight Bodybuilding Training System

“Al is a master at developing the foundations of true strength through the use of the most complex, sophisticated and powerful training tool ever devised – the human body. Pushing The Limits! is a practical and entertaining book that describes ancient methods for building futuristic strength.”

Elliott Hulse, creator of The Grow Stronger Method

Click here for more information or to purchase your copy of Pushing The Limits!

25 thoughts on “Pushing The Limits! Ebook

  • By Gary -

    Hey Al!

    I’m a huge fan of everything you’re doing and found your stuff via Dragon Door and CC2. I was wondering, seeing as you’re involved in the new PCC which is based heavily on Convict Conditioning… how does this book differ from CC? As someone who is still slowly trying to break into this, where would you put this book in relation? Not trying to pit you against your own, just wanted to know your reasonings for writing this book and if I’m a hardcore CC’er, what added value this could have for me. Thanks! And I hope to see you at a PCC Event in at least a year (while I take my time to train up slowly 🙂 ).


    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Gary – Thanks for the message! There is definitely some crossover in subject matter between Convict Conditioning and Pushing The Limits! However, while Coach Wade and I have a good deal of overlap in our training philosophies, there are many things that I approach a bit differently. I’ve also included a lot of exercises and variations that Coach does not cover in CC. If you’ve enjoyed my other books, I’d definitely suggest reading this one.

  • By Andy O -

    Hey Al, why not make this available for the Kindle?

    • By Andy Fossett -

      Kindles can read the PDF ebook format.

      • By Andy O -

        Why not make it available through the kindle store for easier purchasing / downloading?

        • By Al Kavadlo -

          My publisher, Dragon Door, handles the business end and they have their reasons for doing things the way they do. You could contact their customer service dept if you want to make a suggestion: http://www.dragondoor.com/service/contact/

      • By klaus -

        kindles pdf-support sucks… but if there are a lot of pics in it, kindle isn’t the right device anyway…

  • By klaus -

    just downloaded. 🙂

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Klaus! Hope you like it!

  • By Tikune -

    Al, I’m working my way through CC 2 and just finished CC1. I’m definitely considering picking up your book when I’m finished with these two. I like having new material to keep me motivated.

    I just found this vegan calisthenics athlete named Frank Medrano.


    He’s an animal like you and your brother Danny. It’s encouraging to see how much can be accomplished on a plant-based diet as I’m vegan too (but with a long road ahead of me to your elite level).

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      I am familiar with Frank’s work – he’s very strong and fit! Meat-eater or not, it goes to show that the training is what really matters!

  • By Thorsten -

    Hi Al! Simply said, your new book is freaking awesome. Great pics and exercises. I also own “Raising the Bar”, CC 1 & 2 and “You are your own gym” . My training now just contains bodyweight exercises for 1.5 years now and they are a lot more fun than weight training (which I did for about 5 years) and the only days I am not training is when I am ill 😉 I am now able to do up to 4 One Arm Pushups. Keep up the good work, you are really an inspiration! Bodyweight training rocks!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Thorsten! Keep training hard – sounds like you’re doing great!

  • By Jatudrei -

    Any idea how much Pushing the Limit will cost when it comes out in paperback?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      The paperback will sell for $39.95 but it will be offered at a $10 discount during the first two weeks it’s on sale. I’ll make sure to post on this blog as soon as the paperback is released.

      • By Jatudrei -

        Great, thanks. I’m looking forward to it, and will keep an eye out for it.

  • By John Matthewman -

    Hi Al – I’m really enjoying Pushing The Limits so far! I’m quite new to strength training–just got started with a routine of push ups, squats, and pull ups ~5 months ago–so this is a great resource for improving my form and workout routine in general.

    I’m finding it difficult to come up with a workout routine that feels ideal for me. For now I’ve been doing a workout three days per week which consists mainly of push ups, pull ups, squats, planks, and side planks. I think it’s time I start doing work on bridges and inversions as well. Though I’m not sure if I should stick with three days per week and do everything on each day, or workout more than three days per week and only focus on certain exercises each day. I guess I’ll have to experiment!


    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, John! Either of those methods will yield results as long as you stay consistent. Keep it up!

  • By Hdizzle -

    I really want to read this book, but 40 dollars for an ebook is too much. I understand being paid fairly for your work, but this is extremely high for an ebook. Will the price ever come down?

    • By Andy Fossett -

      Well, the price is set by the publisher, and it’s pretty consistent with their other offerings.

      The real crux of the issue though is that you’re not getting “an ebook” here; you’re getting a resource for training and developing skills that will improve your body. That’s worth something.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Wait til the paperback comes out in April – I believe it will be offered at a discount during the first week of purchase. I will post here on the blog as soon as it’s out. Also, considering how much free content I offer here on my blog and Youtube channel, I think the cost of my products is very reasonable.

  • By mc70 -

    Come on April i want this. !!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hang in there!

  • By Mark Neumayer -

    Al, I do graphic design work and the layout of Pushing The Limits is really sweet. I love that you used so many pictures. The explanations are all easy to understand and I just get the sense you had fun doing this – which gets me excited to start my own workouts, too. Hey, I turn 49 this year and got to keep using it before I lose it.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Mark! I had a lot of fun making Pushing The Limits! – glad that comes through in the production. Keep training hard!

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