Next Level Strength: The Ultimate Rings and Parallettes Program

Title: Next Level Strength: The Ultimate Rings and Parallettes Program
Author: Al Kavadlo and Danny Kavadlo
Year: 2019
Publisher: Dragon Door Publications


With the abrupt closure of gyms around the world in 2020, many fitness fanatics have had to turn to home training to stay strong, sometimes training with little or no equipment. Unquestionably, bodyweight training has seen a surge in popularity. So what better time than now to buy some books and expand your calisthenics knowledge?

Take Your Bodyweight Training to the Next Level

Bodyweight masters Al and Danny Kavadlo’s latest e-book is one you’ll definitely want for your tablet’s library. “Next Level Strength” is designed to take your bodyweight training a little bit further by utilising gymnastic rings and parallettes in your training routines. A bit of previous calisthenics training experience is a necessity for this. Needless to say, owning some rings and parallettes is sure to be useful too!

Over 40 Exercises Featured

The book has over 40 exercises in it, some of which you’ll possibly know (eg. ring pushups and pull ups) and some which may be brand new to you (eg. Skin-the-cat). The explanations of each are concise and accompanied with clear photos, and the Kavadlo brothers kindly tell you which muscle groups are emphasized.

Rings and parallettes predominantly work the upper body and core, so it’s good to see some leg exercises in here; the ring assisted shrimp squats and pistol squats are challenging ones to try.

Three-Levels. Range of Exercises. 8 Week Duration

The programming in “Next Level Strength” is nothing too complex. There are three levels, each with its own range of exercises, and each level is an 8-week duration. The Kavadlos give you the rep and set guidelines and throw in a few tips to help you progress. An end of level test awaits you after each 8-week period and with consistent hard work there’s no reason you shouldn’t pass them.

When you do complete them, Al and Danny push you that bit harder with an extra level they have prepared, one which has much tougher exercises, for instance, front levers and muscle ups. Luckily for you, there’s no specific time frame within which you have to complete this level.

Sections: “Ask Al” & “Danny’s Do’s & Don’ts”

Once you’ve read and digested the training programme you can pick up more hints, tips and advice in the next chapters. Al answers questions about muscle building, breathing and plateau-busting in the aptly named “Ask Al” section, while Danny gives you sound advice on diet and fasting in “Danny’s Dos and Don’ts.”

Following this, an interesting chapter named “Before and After” shows six of the brothers’ favourite articles from their past writings, and this proves to be an excellent way to bring the book to a close.


Everything the Kavadlos write is guaranteed to be educational and entertaining and “Next Level Strength” hits their usual high standards. The book is nicely balanced with near enough equal input from both brothers, and the injection of humour makes it a fun and easy read. In conclusion, it’s a fantastic joint effort which deserves a top rating.

Favourite Chapter: Before and After
Favourite Quote: “Don’t be afraid to work hard -and at times suffer- in order to move forward.”

Book Rating: 9.5/10

We hope you found this review interesting. What are your views on bodyweight training, and if you use this method, what exercises really work well for you? Let us know in the comments below, and join in the conversation on FacebookTwitter Instagram and of course, after you’ve done the reading…KEEP Your own Fit ON too!

Alan Riseborough

Alan is a strength and physique enthusiast and has 28 years' of training experience behind him. He has competed in powerlifting, arm wrestling, bodybuilding and grip strength competitions. He also includes rigorous bodyweight, sprinting and kettlebell training regularly in his routines. He believes in the transformative power of the squat which is (believe it or not) his favourite exercise!

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