- 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: #257,086 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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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.
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.
What is the purpose of the product?
How well does it achieve it?
Additionally who is it aimed at? (This book is for those with some experience to bodyweight training- if you can't do a pushup, bridge, burpee, or out of shape- you may want to start with Mark Lauren's YAYOG first.)
The purpose of Overcoming gravity is to inform the reader of HOW to create their own bodyweight routine.
How well does it do this- probably as well as possible based upon upper body and gymnastics based training in a progressive and systematic manner. The only criticism is a lack of information on leg training- however leg training is straightforward and with little more than the internet one can obtain the progressions and pointers. There is also some information a few suggestions on leg training in the book and the multiplicity of information on programming design is the real strength of the resource. (no pun intended...)