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Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength Paperback – November 12, 2011
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THE GOOD: packed with quality information, everything you need to understand the ins and outs of "bodyweight" workouts, or what used to be called gymnastics.
THE NOT SO GOOD: This book is in bad need of an editor. There is far too much redundant information and all of it could be compressed and better organized visually so that the book could be both lighter and more useful as a quick reference as well as a tome. I hope if Mr. Low releases a new edition, that he's able to afford a professional editor to hammer this book into an easier-to-digest format. I believe if it were better organized and better formatted, that this book would grow its readership. And it definitely deserves readers.
The book discusses in-depth the:
- Biology behind improving your strength or aerobic capabilities.
- How to develop the right kinds of goals that you can actually work toward.
- The progressions for bodyweight training in a format that's similar to videogames like Diablo or WoW.
- How to determine the number of sets and reps you need to do.
- How often you need to workout.
- Notes the times you should actually skip a workout.
In the past, I would workout without seeing improvements. Now with this book, I have seen objective improvements in my strength and capabilities, to the point where it is actually fun to "level up" and see what I can do next.
The last page is a nice, one-page summary of creating a workout plan.
This is *THE* workout book I have always needed and wished to have, and highly recommend it to anybody that wants to develop a workout plan (even if it's just pumping iron vs bodyweight). It is like having a personal trainer, without forking out a huge sum of money, but getting better advice.
Also the author of this book is still very active in helping and supporting those who need it. I submitted a routine for critique on his reddit page and he responded to me in less than 24hrs with great advice and how to change and alter the routine.
My ending thoughts on this is, I am damn impressed by this book.
This book also focuses more on the higher-end skills, so you aren't wasting time skimming past pages about how to do a pull-up or some other basic movement. It also is very focused on explaining the progression and discusses the relative skills or strength you should have at each level, so you can have a general idea of how far away you are from being able to do some skill.
the tips that it also provides is very helpful when it comes to training for specific skills
If it had a higher budget it would be a much more visually pleasing textbook but it does the trick.
i would highly recommend this regardless of if your really into gymnastics or not.
i am a MMA fighter and this book has helped improve my guard defense, attacks, and escapes, you just need to figure out how to apply it in the right context, so dont just buy this in hopes to INSTANTLY improve your skills. There are small things that get you thinking and its up to you how to apply it, I bought this textbook with a concept of how I intended to apply this to my MMA game before I even bought it, after purchasing, I discovered more tricks to improve my game.
my only issues are as mentioned before, I wished that there was a sightly higher budget on the production of the book because as it is a very good read, visually, there is much to be desired.
in addition, I wish there was less on the systematic development on the training and more information on improving the skills themselves, I already have an education in exercise program design... and that subject consumes MUCH of the textbook and then there is a nice thick pinch of information on tips to improve your skills and how to progress from beginner to advanced positions.