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Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity Paperback – December 7, 2009
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Rip acquired a solid background in coaching the Olympic lifts as a result of his coach, Bill Starr, using them in his powerlifting training. Further experience with the Olympic lifts came with exposure to the coaching of Tommy Suggs, Jim Moser, Dr. Lon Kilgore, Angel Spassov, Istvan Javorek, Harvey Newton, Mike Conroy, John Thrush, and many fellow lifters. Rip obtained his USWF Level III certification in 1988 at the USOC's Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with Mike Stone, Harvey Newton, and Angel Spassov on faculty. His USAW Senior Coach certification was achieved in 1999 at the OTC with Lyn Jones, John Thrush, and Mike Conroy. He was invited, as an Olympic weightlifting coach, to the Olympic Solidarity course at the OTC in 2000. He taught both the USAW Club Coach course and the Sports Performance Coach course with Dr. Kilgore from 1999 through 2005. Rip served as the president of the North Texas Local Weightlifting Committee of USAW from 2004-2011. He coached and participated in the coaching of James Moser, Glenn Pendlay, Dr. Kilgore, Josh Wells (Junior World Team 2004) most of the national and international-level athletes on the Wichita Falls Weightlifting team, which was hosted and coached at WFAC from 1999 through 2006, as well as the collegiate weightlifting team from Midwestern State University through 2010. Rip still actively coaches the sport on a daily basis at WFAC, and the power clean and power snatch at our seminars around the country every month.
The Starting Strength method of training novices is a distillation of Rip's experiences over three and a half decades as a competitive powerlifter, Olympic weightlifting coach, and gym owner. From its inception in 1984, every new member at WFAC was taught the basic barbell lifts as a part of their membership at the gym, and the application of the basics of powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting to efficiently meet the needs of the general public form the basis of the Starting Strength method, as detailed in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training.
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The problem with this book is that it is difficult to read for the same reasons it is difficult to read Internet forums - the writing is often poor (by those asking the questions) and the content is frequently redundant. This book could have been much, much better had it been written solely by Mr. Rippetoe. Still, if you are a fan (as I am) you will want to buy this book. It is frequently funny and very informative.
If you are a fan of Mr. Rippetoe's humor, this book won't let you down. If you are a fan of his brand of knowledge, this book won't let you down. If you are craving a drier, more information-based text like in SS:BBT, this is probably not your book, but you'd still learn something anyway.
However, if you do not have his 3 other books, ''starting strength'', ''practical programming'' and ''Strong enough?''. I recommend you buy, read and understand those books first, in that order. Those are the very basic and most important stuff about strength training you need to know before you try to absorb little tips in this book.
If you are implementing Starting Strength, this is a fantastic and extremely necessary companion for you. While the forum on the website is helpful, your question has probably already been asked and answered and it's probably in this book. There's no need to find it and bookmark it, or print it out, it's all right here.
As for the writing style....Mark is not one of those fluffy "motivational" personal trainers. He has a strong, biting, sarcastic wit about him and it translates into his writing, even more clearly than in "Strong Enough?" I imagine some people will be turned off by that, but it's their loss. Speaking of that book, with the existence of Mean 'Ol Mr. Gravity, Strong Enough is now pretty much unnecessary beyond being a fan of Mark, if your goal is to gain strength training knowledge.
This book has a very specific purpose and it does very well at that. If you need it, get it. If you're looking for a more generalized text, get Starting Strength or The Strongest Shall Survive (or both).
starting strength DVD is "the holy grail" of lifting technique....don't know him, but love his work
I bought the kindle version and some of the formatting isn't perfect, but it doesn't detract from the insightful and entertaining (if you're into lifting) content.
One may not always agree with Rip -- for example, he seems to have an irrational aversion to bare feet -- but his decades of experience as a coach and lifter shine through in every punchy retort. And he never claims to be an omniscient authority, always aware of the limits of his own knowledge and encouraging his interlocutors to think for themselves.
Finally, considering that people more often need reminding than instruction, you are likely to find things you already "know" packaged in a way that makes you consider them more thoughtfully. For example, it was only after reading this book that I finally started using a belt after five years of lifting. I am particularly dense but that alone made this book worth the read for me.
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For a book whose topic could be dry and boring, this book is anything but. Great knowledge in these pages and I laughed out loud a few times while reading.Published 22 hours ago by Mike N
Classic Rip, to the point, nothing unnecessary and with his classic delivery.Published 4 days ago by USNMustang
I enjoyed this book, I do appreciate Coach Rippetoe's perspective, and if nothing else, it's worth the price for the occasional zingers you can use on your workout partners in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by don
As always, an excellent read from Ripp. This is a collection of forum posts though, so those looking for more of a guidebook should check out Starting Strength or Practical... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charles F
Funny and insightful, can't wait to read the rest of his books. I highly recommend it for any strength trainee.Published 15 months ago by Jeffrey Paul