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Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity Paperback – December 7, 2009
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The problem with this book is that it is difficult to read for the same reasons it is difficult to read Internet forums - the writing is often poor (by those asking the questions) and the content is frequently redundant. This book could have been much, much better had it been written solely by Mr. Rippetoe. Still, if you are a fan (as I am) you will want to buy this book. It is frequently funny and very informative.
If you are a fan of Mr. Rippetoe's humor, this book won't let you down. If you are a fan of his brand of knowledge, this book won't let you down. If you are craving a drier, more information-based text like in SS:BBT, this is probably not your book, but you'd still learn something anyway.
starting strength DVD is "the holy grail" of lifting technique....don't know him, but love his work
However, if you do not have his 3 other books, ''starting strength'', ''practical programming'' and ''Strong enough?''. I recommend you buy, read and understand those books first, in that order. Those are the very basic and most important stuff about strength training you need to know before you try to absorb little tips in this book.
I bought the kindle version and some of the formatting isn't perfect, but it doesn't detract from the insightful and entertaining (if you're into lifting) content.
One may not always agree with Rip -- for example, he seems to have an irrational aversion to bare feet -- but his decades of experience as a coach and lifter shine through in every punchy retort. And he never claims to be an omniscient authority, always aware of the limits of his own knowledge and encouraging his interlocutors to think for themselves.
Finally, considering that people more often need reminding than instruction, you are likely to find things you already "know" packaged in a way that makes you consider them more thoughtfully. For example, it was only after reading this book that I finally started using a belt after five years of lifting. I am particularly dense but that alone made this book worth the read for me.
If you are implementing Starting Strength, this is a fantastic and extremely necessary companion for you. While the forum on the website is helpful, your question has probably already been asked and answered and it's probably in this book. There's no need to find it and bookmark it, or print it out, it's all right here.
As for the writing style....Mark is not one of those fluffy "motivational" personal trainers. He has a strong, biting, sarcastic wit about him and it translates into his writing, even more clearly than in "Strong Enough?" I imagine some people will be turned off by that, but it's their loss. Speaking of that book, with the existence of Mean 'Ol Mr. Gravity, Strong Enough is now pretty much unnecessary beyond being a fan of Mark, if your goal is to gain strength training knowledge.
This book has a very specific purpose and it does very well at that. If you need it, get it. If you're looking for a more generalized text, get Starting Strength or The Strongest Shall Survive (or both).
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Entertaining read for those already versed in strength sports and powerlifting. Not going to be the end all, but definitely enjoyable to read every year or so.Published 23 days ago by Kevin M Bania
For a book whose topic could be dry and boring, this book is anything but. Great knowledge in these pages and I laughed out loud a few times while reading.Published 6 months ago by Mike N
Classic Rip, to the point, nothing unnecessary and with his classic delivery.Published 6 months ago by USNMustang
I enjoyed this book, I do appreciate Coach Rippetoe's perspective, and if nothing else, it's worth the price for the occasional zingers you can use on your workout partners in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by don
As always, an excellent read from Ripp. This is a collection of forum posts though, so those looking for more of a guidebook should check out Starting Strength or Practical... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles F