Optimizing Fitness for Middle-Aged Men with Al Kavadlo. EP 005

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In this episode of Stephen McCain podcast, I interview fitness expert Al Kavadlo, who specializes in helping middle-aged men get into shape.

We discuss the importance of exercise for longevity, how to make exercise a part of your routine, and Al's own journey from traditional weight training to the more advanced bodyweight training of calisthenics.

By the end of the episode, you will learn that exercise is an empowering activity that can have a significant impact on our lives. It is something we can control, and it can help us to make positive changes in our physical and mental health. Whether we are young or old, exercise can be a great way to boost your mood and to stay healthy.

Today's Guest

Al Kavadlo

Al started working out in 1992 when he was just 13 years old. A decade later he began his career in the fitness industry.

In 2009, he started his blog and YouTube channel. He wound up getting a book deal with Dragon Door Publications soon thereafter.

Al's first book for Dragon Door, entitled Raising The Bar, was released in 2012. He went on to publish several titles with them, including Get Strong, a collaboration with his brother Danny. He is also known for my appearance in Dragon Door’s popular Convict Conditioning book series.

Additionally, he has self-published two titles, and most recently, been published by StrongAndFit.com.

Altogether Al's books and programs have sold over a million copies worldwide.

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You'll Learn

  • The importance of mindset in fitness.
  • The value of starting small and making easy wins when trying to improve your fitness.
  • The importance of training three movement patterns: squatting, pushing, & pulling in a well-rounded fitness program.
  • How to keep fitness simple

"You are the youngest you're ever going to be...it's not too late to get in shape." - Al Kavadlo

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[00:01:43] Staying in shape as middle-aged.

[00:05:10] Calisthenics and Bodyweight Training.

[00:07:23] Benefits of calisthenics.

[00:10:31] Limitations of body weight training.

[00:13:56] Genetics and Muscle Appearance.

[00:17:48] Calisthenics and Lean Muscles.

[00:22:08] Fitness philosophy hierarchy.

[00:25:12] Neurotransmitters and exercise.

[00:28:12] The process of working out.

[00:32:16] Attributes of a well-rounded program.

[00:35:19] Home workouts during pandemic.

[00:38:36] Strength and Mobility Training.

[00:42:25] Mobility and Strength in Calisthenics.

[00:45:25] Bodyweight strength training.

[00:49:08] Blood flow restriction training.

[00:53:36] Training in your forties.

[00:55:00] Simplifying Fitness.

[00:58:51] Embrace the process of fitness.

[01:02:02] Believe in yourself.


Al's Calisthenics Story

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