Eight years ago I got an email from a guy named “Coach” Paul Wade who wanted to know if he could use a few of my photos for an article he was writing. As there was no compensation offered, my first thought was “Screw this guy! What’s he ever done for me?” Then I thought about it some more and figured “What do I have to lose?” A little while later I saw the article online and realized that this so-called “Coach” Paul Wade was the author of a popular book that I’d been hearing a lot about called Convict Conditioning. Soon thereafter Coach Wade asked me if I could provide some photos for his upcoming book Convict Conditioning II. This time it was a paid gig! I eagerly agreed and Coach sent me a list of about 40 shots that he wanted: The human flag, the twist holds, an L-sit, a back bridge, etc. Remembering the advice I got from my mom to always go above and beyond, I also sent him a few extra pics that I thought were pretty cool. One of those was an image of me doing a human flag on my brother @DannyKavadlo. 😜💪 It turns out that ol’ Coach thought that photo was cool, too.
In fact, he wound up using it as the cover of the book! But how did I even get to the point where Coach Wade decided to reach out to me in the first place? Well, I had already been a personal trainer for about 7 years at that point, and I’d been blogging on my own for a little over a year as well. I’d started to build a following, partly because at that time there was hardly any information online about the esoteric calisthenics skills that I was working on, so I decided to create that content myself. I figured there must be others out there who were interested in learning how to train for things like muscle-ups, human flags, etc. As fate would have it, my own interests and curiosities just so happened to align with a shift that’d been quietly happening in the fitness industry. Maybe I was just in the right place at the right time, or maybe it was my destiny. To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes, “I don’t know if I chose calisthenics, or if calisthenics chose me.” Either way it’s been an awesome ride and I’m grateful to still be on it. 😄🙏#FlashbackFriday #ConvictConditioning