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Ask Al #59 – Alcohol and Exercise, Advanced Pistol Squats and Going Vegetarian

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Fitness expert Al Kavadlo answers viewer questions about bodyweight strength training and more! Topics in this episode include Alcohol and Exercise, Advanced Pistol Squats and Going Vegetarian.

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29 Comments

  1. Paul C.

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Al!
    I love your mentality about feeling guilty (1:00), where did you get that thought?

    greetings from Austria

    Paul

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  2. Joshua Murillo

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Hey Hey Al I am a track and field runner and have been training with calesthenics for 2.5 months but I am balancing it with weights and running and making it all a workout for one day. Is that a good thing to do? Or should I separate it? I hope you help. Thanks

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  3. Gary Mehmet

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I love your videos Al. Always very motivational and interesting. Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge.
    Keep up the great work.
    All the best
    Gary

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  4. the ghost of redd foxx

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    really liking the beard. love you and your advice al.

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  5. Jose Guerrero

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Al, how much do you wait for working out after you get a tattoo? I want more tattoos, but I don't want to spend a whole week or more until I can work out again. Also, any tips on the healing process and working out at the same time?

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  6. Jarema Antosz

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hi, Al! You are a great source of inspiration for me. I have found real joy in calisthenics. I have some problems with hanging leg raises. My pull up bar is in the door frame. Unfortunately too low to allow hang without touching the floor. Is this ok if I raise my legs from pull up top position?

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  7. Daniil Levin

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Al! Thumbs up from Russia. I heard you saying multiple times that you train in the morning. My question is do you train right after getting up or do you spend some time awake before? Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  8. PJ PETE

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey al what do you think about workout routines like P90X3? I do calisthenics, but not always motivated to do pull ups and crunches.

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  9. Dawid Garbacz

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey, Al! I was trying to find video of "one hand stand push up" which is descrbied as one of the big calisthenic six in "convict conditioning" and i'm disappointed because there's none… Are YOU able to do it? Greetings from Poland!

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  10. Jeffrey Siegel

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Love your books and videos, Al.  But you're way off about vegetatians and Vegans not getting enough, "the right", or complete proteins.  Your info is media hype that you bought into from the meat industry.  I'll bet you think you need to drink milk to get calcium too.  It's all marketing.  If you believe in science and evidence, then you'll find that the opposite is true.  Spend a few hours on nutritionfacts.org and don't be a lemming following the billions of dollars of advertising and positioning.  The truth is out there to find.

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  11. Gergely Peter

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Al, first off thanks for keeping it real for all these years!  Love your books brother! My question is: how would you go about getting rid of stubborn belly and chest fat? I've been eating a calorie surplus this past year to facilitate a better hypertrophy response but it turned into dirty bulking. I eat clean, I've cut back my calories, I do both low and high intensity cardio and switched to circuits from straight sets. Am I missing something? Thanks!

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  12. Robert G

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey hey hey Al. I love that you take these questions to help us. thank you! I have been doing this awhile and was wondering, what type of results do you think I could accomplish by taking one set to near failure on a 5 days a week schedule using body weight variations on 9 different movements. When i obtain 20 clean reps with 2 reps in the tank, I progress to the next 'more difficult' variation. BTW, I spread them out throughout the day because i work at home. I want to get stronger but not in a giant rush. Thank you in advance!

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  13. Ian Dietrich

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Thanks Al! Really appreciate the answer to my question!! Keep being awesome!

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  14. user314ful

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    There is no right or wrong Al? Is that right? 😉

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  15. ClimbScience

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey +Al Kavadlo! I've been working on assisted one-arm pull-ups lately and I've been training with my old Karate belt that I grab at the height of my elbow to do pull-ups. I can do that for 6 reps. What do you think would be the next logical progression to do and how close do you think, I am to an actual one arm pull-up? I appreciate the time and effort you spend on your Q&As. Stay strong!

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  16. Marco Cruz

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hi Al, a few 'CrossFitters' told me that the full depth bodyweight squat is harmful for the spine, and that they only do until 90º degree or lower. What are your thoughts on this? Cheers!

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  17. Johnny Melendez

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey hey hey Al!! Huge fan of you and your bro! I've been training with weights for some time now but I'm getting so anxious to start my calisthenics journey after reading books by you and Danny!! Quick Question! Why can't I build strength and muscle simultaneously? Can't I just do 7 sets/5 reps for pull ups followed by 2-3 sets/20-30 reps for aussie pull ups? Or maybe split low and high reps on different days in the same week? I wanna stimulate myofibrils and sarcosplasm together for gains in size and mass. Why have cake if I can't eat it??…. Please help

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  18. Trent Jamison

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey +Al Kavadlo, I've done powerlifting for quite some time and when squatting, benching, cleans, jerks, deadlifts… it is important to keep the lower back arched rather than curled forward. I've recently began "semi advanced" calisthenics like pistol squats, muscle ups, hand stand push ups, single hand push ups, dragon flags and I've noticed my back curls forward and normally I would think to correct the forward curl however when I see tutorial video's on youtube, practicioners normally curl their back forward as well rather then arch their lower back.  Is arching the lower back not important in calisthenics (or is it particularly important in certain calisthenic movements)?

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  19. blackjohnny0

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Al, you really believe in this protein shit? I sometimes think, that its all supplement industry propaganda. Do we really need about 2 g per 1 kg bodymass?

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  20. jonezy cones

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey hey hey Al, i am a little out of shape so i decided to do some body squats and was sore for almost a week, do you think i should get in more walking/running shaped first before doing squats or just do less of them?

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  21. Patrik Karlsson

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the pistol tip! 🙂

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  22. Adonis

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Al. Your opinion on Crossfit, did you do? thanks.

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  23. TheActualJoe

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I would say keep going to 20 reps for pistol squats, legs are meant to respond really well to high rep ranges hence the 20 rep squat programming, any thoughts on this anyone?

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  24. Prahlad Griffith

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    (Hey)x3 Al, if your goal is hypertrophy with calestenics what training variables would you use, i.e. tempo, rest time, reps, sets, muscle splits, etc?
    What would be the difference between strength training and hypertrophy training in terms of these variables?

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  25. roseagain2

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    You're awesome Al, thanks!

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  26. Jakub Humený

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey Al, can you make another smoothie (or some snack/food) recipe video?

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  27. aikido15m

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Hey hey hey Al! How do you determine in what order you perform exercises in a workout? For example: hardest exercises first or mixing hard exercices with easier ones?
    Keep up the good work!
    Thanks and greetings from Holland!

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  28. Rosa

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    To Derian, on the vegetarian question: https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/apr/protein.htm From a respected Doctor and properly grounded with studies and all as convenient. Just use the search bar for more studies, knowledge and enlightenment on all the (how much; from where) protein myth, and other Nutrition issues, if you please.Thanks 🙂

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  29. lawndogmoon2

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Shrimp squats suck wang. I've done pistols and shrimp squats. I've also done weighted leg exercises – barbell squats, hack squats, deadlifts, dumbbell Bulgarian split squats, lots of others. And the ONLY time I ever got knee pain is from shrimp squats. It's also the only leg exercise I've done where the knee goes past the toes. I say – don't do it!

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