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Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning [Kindle Edition]

Dan John , Dave Draper , Pavel Tsatsouline
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Coach Dan John breaks down the most complicated concepts of strength training and high-performance athletics in his personal, no-nonsense, thought-provoking and motivating style. Workout routines, Olympic lifting guidance, Highland Games, track and field and Strongman events are all covered, in addition to weight training philosophy for the general public. You'll learn...How to get stronger, faster and leaner; Simple steps to great conditioning; What it takes to compete at high-level athletics; Dan John's top training tips; Effective workouts to carry you through your training seasons; Variations of the classic 5x5 workout; Sample kettlebell and barbell workout combinations; Outdoor cardiovascular training options for athletes; And much more...


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Coach Dan John is one of the premier instructors in the world of movement, strength and athleticism. His lectures on athletic training have revolutionized the thinking of thousands, and his new text, Never Let Go, will set the standard in safer, smarter, more productive training methods. ~ Dr. Mark Cheng, L.Ac., Ph.D., RKC Team Leader, Contributing Editor - Black Belt Magazine If mastery takes 10,000 hours, Dan John has mastered the art of teaching and coaching many times over. He renders the complicated simple, and the simple clear. The hours I have spent learning from him changed my life.~ Mark Twight, Gym Jones

About the Author

Dan John is a strength coach and a track and field coach, a coach of the annual John Powell Discus Camp, a competitive Master's throwing athlete and Highland Games competitor, and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He's a writer who covers all aspects of weightlifting, athletic training and throwing, is a contributor to several online and print magazines, and is the editor of Get Up! newsletter for weightlifting, throwing sports and Highland Games competitors. Coach John is an accomplished lecturer of the weight training sports, and commands a large following among competitive athletes and fitness enthusiasts worldwide. Dan has a reputation for advocating adherence to basic weight training principles, such as focus on form and nutrition. His popularity is due in part to his simple and effective approach to the basicsA" of weight training.

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: On Target Publications (May 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GOM66
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just another workout book March 23, 2012
By Curry
Format:Kindle Edition
There are plenty of books out there that can teach you about training and nutrition, and while this book does that, it also provides an entertaining, motivating philosophy of how to approach not only lifting but life itself.

This book is essentially a collection of essays on many aspects of training and dieting. The essays aren't organized in any meaningful way, and there was a bit of repetition, but I didn't mind that because I learned something new in almost every one. The writing tone is very conversational--you feel like you're hanging out with a buddy who doesn't take himself too seriously. The essays in this book have a bit of something for everyone: there's advice on strength training, fat loss, nutrition, cardio, inspiration, feeling balanced and fulfilled in life, and more.

That being said, this book isn't for newbies as Mr. John assumes that you're familiar with many different types of lifts, and he doesn't provide a structured workout program to follow. If you're new to working out, I recommend you read Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Lean Muscle Series), which has a program I'm currently following and making great gains with.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover how to get the most from fitness. July 4, 2009
Format:Paperback
Anything will work for three to six months. What then? That's the dynamic message I got from Dan's book. Oh, there was a lot more here. But I generally take one or two new and interesting ideas from a book --- assuming it's a good book. And this one is.

Dan's book is really a collection of essays. They're not in any particular order. I say that because he mentions his fat period twice --- once in the early part of the book and again towards the end. Both are written in the time he is recovering from his fatness.

But that doesn't take away from the messages of the book.

Dan believes in making things simple. Not easy, he says. But simple. I like that idea more and more as I get older. It makes more sense for anyone. Our lives are already far too confusing and full and rushed and out of control.

Dan recons we should focus on our main goal and plan our activities, our workouts and exercises accordingly. If you want to lose weight, you must follow different activities than someone who wants to get power or strength or run a marathon, for example.

Again, this makes sense and simplifies things for us. This is the way Bruce Lee was able to be so great in martial arts. He tried many things and discarded the things that didn't work or didn't help him in his main persuit --- his goals for his unique purposes.

I find this idea empowering. And you'll find it in abundance in Dan's new book.

While you might think the book is written for weight lifters or bodybuilders, it's really for anyone who wants to get fit.

Some of it you may discard. You may find parts of it just don't apply to you. But there is enough encouragement and no BS information in the book that you'll thoroughly enjoy it and come away the wiser.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and useful June 23, 2010
Format:Paperback
Everything I know about lifting, I learned from Dan John.

There's been a lot written about Dan John lately. It's reassuring to see him getting his due, because here's a man who's walked the walk, his whole life, and is still smiling and enthusiastic about his passions. He's genuine.

I've known Dan for a while now. We met online in 1999 or 2000, and corresponded frequently, in email and on assorted message boards and in the occasional phone call. In 2007 I finally got to meet him, twice, both out in Utah and at Denison University in Ohio. I consider him a friend, and knowing him has much enriched my life.

I held off writing this bit until I'd gone through his book a few times. It's hard not saying what other folks have said: Dan's down-to-earth voice and advice cuts through noise and is pure signal, Dan's a humble genius. Dan's a coach's coach. Dan's gently scathing humor draws our attention to the realities of life and lifting and competition.

I can't match the eloquent and descriptive phrases such luminaries like Pavel Tsatsouline and Dave Draper and others have used to describe Dan's contribution to the written word of the Iron Game. I can only say that it's good. It's excellent. It's humbling to me personally. Explaining why is difficult, if not impossible.

If you buy one book about training, hell, if you buy one book about life, this year, or this even decade, make it Dan's book. You might not 'get it' yet. That's OK. You will.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding October 28, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Superb information presented in a clear, highly readable style. He provides an unbiased look at everything from weight training to goal setting. The author is refreshingly self effacing. The book is written as a series of semi-connected essays (originally written as individual articles) and there's not a clunker in the bunch. He's given me a ton of new ideas for my own training. Great stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible April 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tend to like "old school" lifting: basic movements, heavy weights, and low reps (usually), so I bought this book with some trepidation. My opinion, not sure what I used to form this opinion, was that Coach John was going to be some "new age" reverse lateral T-raises on a Swiss ball kind of guy. He does seem to do a lot of experimenting with his training, but it always seems that his core workout beliefs are that you need to squat heavy and you need to put heavy weight over your head.

The book is a collection of articles he has written, so the chapters can be read non-sequentially without hurting your understanding of the book. Each chapter covers a different topic (there is some overlap). Located in the articles are some workout plans, ideas, and exercises, but the book does not outline one singular plan. To do so would seem to go against the point of the book. Coach John has a clear and easy to follow writing style, and he can get a few laughs too.

I think this book is good for a fitness enthusiast, coach, or an athlete. I would say that if you are completely new to lifting or looking for a more clearly defined lifting program check out Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength which is geared towards the novice or rank beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dan John is a genius!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ddercola
I have been reading Dan John's articles and quotes in other books for the last several months. This is the first book that is solely his work. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get up and go
This is the book that got me back on the right road. I am doing stuff and lifting at 40 like I did when I was 18. My mobility and creativity are rejuvinated. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Over Complicate It
One of the top 5 fitness books I've ever read, and I've read a hundreds. The beauty of this book lies in it's simplicity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Cut back on time spent trying to figure things out on your own and live through other his mistakes and experiences. Best book ever.
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for your fitness collection
Every athlete should read this book. The information on weightlifting is great. The advice on coaching is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bart R Gronionger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much more about life than about lifting. Pure gold.
Published 1 month ago by Alvaro Atienza
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK!!!
Dan John is an amazing man, father, teacher & coach. This book outlines many of these stories. What separates Dan from everyone else in the industry is two things. 1. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan Leary
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Dan has a way of writing and speaking that leaves you captivated and motivated. This really is a must-read for every coach, trainer, and parent- and anyone who is looking for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melissa Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a fantastic resource that looks at human development in all domains. Dan John offers a very easy to read and digest book that allows a person to use fitness and goal... Read more
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More About the Author

Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record.

Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also a religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems.

His books on weightlifting include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline, as well as the short piece, From Dad to Grad. He also has six popular workshop dvds, and recorded his book Intervention as an audiobook.

He writes regularly on his site, danjohn.net, and is at work on his fifth book, scheduled for publication in 2014.

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