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Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength Paperback – November 12, 2011
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Though, bare in mind it's not everything bodyweight, it focuses solely on upper body strength development in a gymnast's way, it's not a gymnastic skills manual (no cartwheels, swings, shoulder inlocates and the likes) it's not about conditioning, it's not about GPP (general physical preparedness), it's not about plyometrics or anything else. Now, don't get me wrong, this book is for EVERYONE, it teaches you how to develop ridiculous amounts of strength, all the way to iron cross, planche and more. You decide how far to go in your journey, it provides you the knowledge for such amazing goals.
The fact the author has personally answered all questions on [...] forum shows you how he keeps his feet on the ground. There's no hype. He doesn't try to sell you anything, he's just so passionate about the subject to feel the urge to share it.
I'd rate the book 9.5 out of 10 just because being self edited and published leaves some room for improvements, in particular for the visual appealing and layout. I'm pretty sure it will easily become a best seller in the hands of a publisher like Human Kinetics.
As others have said before me you will end up comparing his work with the few other books available on bodyweigth training.
The following rating is based on the fact that Overcoming Gravity has set the standard.
Naked warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline. 2.0 don't even bother with this one, more hype than contents. 2 exercise progressions in it. (one arm push-up and one leg squat)
Convict conditioning by Paul Wade. 3.Read more ›
Overall, it is a plethora of information, almost too much information to retain from a single reading. But that shouldn't stop you from using it as a reference tool. If you're debating between buying Overcoming Gravity and Building the Gymnastic Body, Overcoming Gravity is the definite winner. It is more in depth, more complete, and easier to follow as well as actually implement. I started playing around with the various progressions the first day the book arrived. My brother started following the planche progressions the week after Christmas, and he's already close to holding a straddle planche in less than 2 months. If you purchased Building the Gymnastic Body and felt you were left hanging by the lack of programming discussion, this is your solution as well.
Steven Low does an excellent job of thoroughly covering programming to the point where you can build your own routine without requiring the assistance of a coach. The book covers so much ground it's remarkable.Read more ›
Over the years, I've read a lot of exercise literature and I have lifted a lot of weights. I study the human body too, so I'm well above averagely interested in how the body responds to training.
This book is literally a groundbreaker and it will become a classic. It opened my eyes to new concepts and I would compare the impact it's had on me to that of great books like Starting Strength and Stretching Scientifically. The theory is laid out in a way that is more accessible than in both of these other two books, but a lot of the concepts presented here are "newer" in a sense. They have been around for a long time, but it's likely that many people have never heard of them. So if you are interested in the theory, it's an interesting read for sure. Since Steven is a physiotherapy student in addition to being a former gymnast, there is a lot of focus on injury pre-/rehabilitation as well. And that's a welcome resource to have, since this type of training is very hard on the body if done excessively. The author is not very conservative either, and is constantly keeping up to date on research and developments in this field of science. So it's quite cutting edge and not very dogmatic.
About the book itself, I would say that the layout and wrapping is quite simplistic. There are quite a few typos here and there. I wouldn't get caught up in that, this is the first edition and it is not a coffeetable book. What it is, is a tome of knowledge that contains everything you need to know to get into serious bodyweight training in addition to the basic concepts of training that can be applied to weightlifting as well. When I say tome, I mean that it is over 500 pages and quite sizeable.Read more ›
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It's the best calisthenics or ring exercise book out there that also helps you organize your own workout routines, which was a bonus. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Arbi
Great progressions would have liked them to be more organized though. They give a lot of ideas and ways to get to your desored goalsPublished 1 month ago by Erick
Amazing book. Exactly what I was looking for. I was teaching myself many of the gymnastic positions and progressions and this was a goldmine of information. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
Overcoming Gracity provides a comprehensive guide to bodyweight training through a system based on gymnastics. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andy
Brilliant book - and I have no doubt whatsoever that the gentleman who wrote it knows his Gymnastics. The only thing I miss is references. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jørgen Øvrebø
So poorly written it is unreadable at times. I thought I received a draft copy it is so bad. Did no one bother to edit it? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rick Worthington
Have been using this book almost everyday, author breaks down everything from skill progression charts, constructing/modifying routines, as well as rehabilitation/injury... Read morePublished 6 months ago by domenic merlos
Great great book outstanding info very descriptive as it say a systematic approach perfect for those like me who are coming in late into the gymnastics game !Published 8 months ago by Rubens