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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 ›
The good: lots of useful information. I must say that I didn't learn a huge amount, but that's mostly because I have already read a whole lot on strength training and bodyweight exercises. I found the chapters on programming useful (Chapters 8 and 9), the progression charts useful, and most of the exercise descriptions in the appendix. For these, it is arguably worth purchasing.
The bad: horribly written and edited. If you are someone that is bothered or distracted by poor writing, this book will drive you nuts. Sentence structures are horrible, the writing is meandering, and there are embarrassing amounts of grammatical errors. It reads like a first version of a manuscript. I don't understand why the author (or an editor) didn't do a one time read-through and fix these errors.
At first glance, it appears encyclopedic in size, but upon reading it you see it is just poorly edited and could easily be half the length.
So, to sum, the author clearly has some valuable information to give the readers. If this was a $4.99 Kindle ebook, I'd be more wiling to overlook the shortcomings. But for nearly $50, I expect a book to be edited and (mostly) error-free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely wonderful! Referred here by Maddelisk, and definitely proud to have gotten this book. Best calisthenics book I've found yet.Published 3 months ago by Andrew Tawfeek
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 3 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago by Nicholas Driscoll
Overcoming Gracity provides a comprehensive guide to bodyweight training through a system based on gymnastics. Read morePublished 8 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 8 months ago by Jørgen Øvrebø