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Product Details

  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Ontarget Pubns (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931046387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931046381
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Dan John consistently writes stories that are easy to read.
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One of the best books I have ever read on not only training, but on living & learning.
Henry Kravchenko
So do yourself a favor....buy this book, read it and re-read it again.
Mike Perry

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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Shafley on June 23, 2010
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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 By Mr. Larry D. Farrell on October 28, 2009
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jarett Hulse on February 4, 2010
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I've read hundreds of exercise/weightlifting books. Not only is this book a joy to read, it has some of the best and most useful information on lifting available. Defintely in the top 10, of the best books on lifting ever written!
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Gagne on June 17, 2011
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This is a motivational type book that is a very easy read, where the author spends a lot of time bringing his experience in to the book through anecdotal stories. The philosophy in it is roughly, work your ass off at difficult heavy whole body tasks and you will get strong.

If you are looking for motivation, are not interested in technical detail, and enjoy reading stories from someone's life, this would be a good read. However, this book could be condensed considerably since it is very repetitive particularly in the wording. Also, its a book full of articles he has previously written, so the book lacks a bit of consistency and sometimes contradicts itself.

If you are looking for a book to improve you technical knowledge of the strength training in a concise way, this is not your book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lost Gaijin on April 9, 2012
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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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