- Paperback: 542 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 39662nd edition (November 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467933120
- ISBN-13: 978-1467933124
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength Paperback – November 12, 2011
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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. There is physiology, injury prevention, injury rehab, skill development, program design, nutrition, lifestyle, and so much more. This book is probably the best book on fitness and health that I have read in the past year, maybe even longer. Definitely something you'll want to add to your collection.
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. 3.5 catchy book laid out very well though not very extensive or sensible. 6 exercise progressions, one progression is far too easy and another one is only hypothetical, 4 are about unilateral development (one arm or one leg).
Never gymless by Ross Enamait. 7.0 it delivers what promises, doesn't leave you with a single excuse not to pursue a superior conditioning. Best book for an all around bodyweight fitness plan (very underground and tough). Warmly suggested.
Building the gymnastic bodies by Christopher Sommer. 5.0 One of those books that intrigues you but doesn't want to teach you. It purposefully leaves you baffled and unable to progress efficiently as you have to wait for future releases, attend very expensive top secret seminars or spend countless hours on the forum to get a grasp of only what people are allowed to disclose under the author supervision. Maybe in ten years when all his material will be eventually released and you'll have spent quite a fortune collecting it you may end up with the kind of understanding that Overcoming gravity is trying to pass you.
Overall, the book is a little hard to get through at first because you need to skip around and read through a bunch of sections to get going with the routines, but once you do... let me tell you.. it clicks instantly and you realize how amazing the book really is. The progressions alone with detailed how-tos is worth the cost alone. I have been recommending this to everyone I know that is involved in any sort of training because you would be at a serious disadvantage to not have this in your arsenal.
I know others have mentioned this, but Steven does an amazing job replying to everyone on the Reddit forum r/overcominggravity which is almost unheard of from authors and authorities on diet/exercise and shows how dedicated he is to the people that own his book. All in all 5 out 5 stars and I can't wait for the second version to come out.