Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning Kindle Edition
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This book is essentially a collection of essays on many aspects of training and dieting. The essays aren't organized in any meaningful way, and there was a bit of repetition, but I didn't mind that because I learned something new in almost every one. The writing tone is very conversational--you feel like you're hanging out with a buddy who doesn't take himself too seriously. The essays in this book have a bit of something for everyone: there's advice on strength training, fat loss, nutrition, cardio, inspiration, feeling balanced and fulfilled in life, and more.
That being said, this book isn't for newbies as Mr. John assumes that you're familiar with many different types of lifts, and he doesn't provide a structured workout program to follow. If you're new to working out, I recommend you read Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Lean Muscle Series), which has a program I'm currently following and making great gains with.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the entire book and nothing was good or bad, I didn't take anything away from it.Published 1 month ago by Bri Guy
Easily one of my favorite books about lifting, coaching, and life. Dan John talks the talk, walks the walk, and has probably forgotten more about good training than most of us will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Medium Strong
Great book as always, very easy to read and pickup where you left off. Dan John wins it again, I'm sure I got a lot from this book and I'm sure I missed a lot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nathan
Excellent book. Entertaining and has more usable information that can be used.Published 3 months ago by DefenseGuy
Funny and poignant. Recommended for anyone interested in fitness or a general life philosophy. A cornerstone for a personnel library on fitness.Published 3 months ago by christopher haskell
Fun read. Good guidelines and approach to life and fitness.Published 3 months ago by William F Humphry
My goal in weightlifting is to improve my athleticism in Taekwondo (WTF), as well as any other sport that I dabble in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Georgi Kazandzhiev