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THE Complete Keys to Progress Paperback – December 1, 1993
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McCallum wrote the individual chapters of this book as articles for Bob Hoffman's publication "Strength & Health" (So that's were Joe Weider got the name for his magazine "Muscle & Fitness"), and he of course had to shill for Hoffman's products. Some of his science is dated, and he oftentimes recommends too many sets and reps, but his principals are sound.
The articles read like short stories, and the reader comes to genuinely like the characters who people McCallum's stories.
Is it dated? One of the other reviewers has said that McCallum was ahead of his time, and I think it would be as appropriate to say that there has been very little progress in lifting theory since McCallum's time. Sure, we know a bit more about nutrition, and we know a bit more about safe and effective exercise technique, but the fundamentals--and I think most of the details--remain the same. What makes this book a gem is not, however, any proprietary insight that McCallum had, but his ability to push the fundamentals, to motivate, and to present things in perspective. Even if one knew all the facts, McCallum's writing would still be useful for tying them together in a meaningful and productive way.
I'm sorry that I put off getting this book for so long. Had this book been one of the first I had read, my training would have benefitted greatly.
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Wish I knew about his articles in 1968 when I was a 98 pound weakling! The advice still rings true for a sixty year old dedicated weightlifter!Published 5 months ago by Howie
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My favourite book on training. Well written, funny, and the advice is still good, even after all these years.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
John mccallum is the Socrates of weight lifting. He's one of the first and certainly one of the best coaches there ever was.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This series started out as entertainment for me. When I actually applied the principles, my gains shot up dramatically. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Harry Amick