Looking Back/Looking Ahead

Between the release of Convict Conditioning 2 and my recent articles on T-Nation, traffic on this site has been at an all-time high. In fact, this whole year has been pretty amazing!

Thanks for stopping by, watching my videos and leaving so many great comments. Interacting with you guys is one of my favorite things about blogging.

Though I still feel the same about New Year’s resolutions, here’s what you can expect from me in 2012:

1. A New Book!

I’m working on a new book, entitled Raising The Bar: The Definitive Guide to Bar Calisthenics, which will be released in 2012. I will have more info about the new book soon.

2. More Articles!

While I don’t expect to be posting articles as often as I did during the first 2+ years of this blog, I will still post new articles here from time to time. Though I’ve probably got enough content to keep you occupied for a while. (I’ve even added an archive section to the sidebar so you can find old posts easily.) You can also expect to see more articles from me on Sherdog and T-Nation.

3. New Videos!

I plan to continue updating you guys with a new video at least once a month, hopefully more often. If that’s not enough for you, check out my youtube channel – I’ve got over 150 videos on there already. Also make sure to like the facebook page and follow me on twitter if you want more updates and exclusive extras.

Something Old/Something New

Speaking of videos, here is a classic clip from the early days of my blog:

And here’s a brand new one about one legged squats:

Check out these other posts about pistol squats and shrimp squats for more.

And as always, feel free to leave your comments for me below!

20 thoughts on “Looking Back/Looking Ahead

  • By Feinguy -

    Looking forward to 2012 Al! 

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Me too, Feinguy!  Thanks!

  • By Dmitry -

    This was one smashing year for me. I started to do regular workouts after 32 years of totally unfit life of office worker and junk food eater. Today I can do 20 pull-ups, 20 pistol squats and 100 push-ups.
    During this year I found your blog, Al, and it is a daily bucket of motivation for me. I am going to buy your new book without even looking at the title. I sincerely wish you great new records and happiness in upcoming year.

    P.S. One day I wish to make my way to New York just to meet you and shake your hand if you wouldn’t mind to shake mine.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Congrats, Dmitry!  Sounds like you’ve made some amazing progress this year.

      Hope you make it to NYC for that handshake one day!  🙂

  • By Anil -

    Hello Al,
    First of all, I wish you a happy new year and I also would like to thank you for all the motivation you beam up to me.  All your positive energy really focuses me alot to calisthenics.  It has been almost 5 months since I started calsithenics and I was unable to do a single parallel bar dip when I first was into it and today I can do 9 in a row. I think this is pretty much imporevent for someone who never did a single dip ever in his life. I also was only able to do a few horizontal bar dips maybe like 2-3 and today I can do over 15. My pull up numbers increased tremendously, over 12. L sits is another thing that I improved  alot. I do not mention the push ups and sit ups and so on. I started to feel like I am at the edge of getting my first muscle up. I just need some more time.  I look fitter, healthier and I also am full of energy like never before.  So in conclusion, 2011 was a perfect year for me in terms of calisthenics. And your part about this is a whole lot.  I hope to meet you in person someday.  If I cannot do this, when I visit new york one day, the first place I will visit will be Tompkins Square Park.  Take it easy.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Anil – and congrats on all your progress!  Keep it up and maybe I’ll see you at Tompkins one day!

  • By Etienne -

    The new book sounds great! youve done a great job with this site. Thanks to your videos im perfecting my OAPush ups/OAPull Ups. In the new year I want to clean up my flag technique (which you have given ample info on). Then of course come to New York and show you what I got. You are the fresh air that the fitness world needed!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Etienne!  I really appreciate your enthusiasm!

  • By Rob -

    Been a must read blog since I stumbled upon your “How to build a pull-up station in the back yard”.
    It’s great to see Awesome content & engaging video’s consistently.
    Hope you have a great New Year Al. 

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Rob – Happy New Year to you too!  More to come in 2012!

  • By Phreebie -

    Hi Al!
    I love your work, and your attitude.  I’m just getting into BW training seriously, and am in the early stages of CC.  I have to say that of the two videos you posted above, the first is very instructional and the second is more demonstrative.  I prefer the former style.  This time next year I’ll be on my way to flags and HSPs for sure.

    Happy New year!!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks very much, Phreebie!  I appreciate your feedback on the videos.  I’ve got a ton of different ones – some are tutorials, others are more demonstrative, and some are straight-up exhibitions.  This way there is something for everyone!

  • By Luiz -

    Great videos brother! Thank you for showing the variations of squats! Happy New Year! May all your plans are realized!
    I would ask, if possible, create a video with tips or a run plan for sedentary Thanks!

  • By Ty -

    Love that ‘pistol switch’. I think I might try that since I find balance during the bottom of pistols tough. It would give me something to aim for during transitioning.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks!  I usually have clients work on that drill in preparation for training the pistol.  Usually people who can do the drill properly can get a pistol right away.  It can take some time to learn to do the drill properly though!

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks!  I usually have clients work on that drill in preparation for training the pistol.  Usually people who can do the drill properly can get a pistol right away.  It can take some time to learn to do the drill properly though!

  • By Claus -

    Looking forward to the new book! 

    Will it contain progressions like the one you published recently on T-Nation about the one-arm pushup, and the human flag progression part 1 on Men’s Health? 

    Is the date of publishing it still scheduled to June? If not, will you reveal it:-) ?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Hey Claus – The new book will contain lots of progressions!  Like all my content, however, I still leave some room for personal choice. 

      As for the release date, I’m still putting the final touches on the book now and I don’t even know exactly when it will be ready myself!  When I have more details, I’ll be sure to get the word out!

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