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Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning [Kindle Edition]

Dan John , Dave Draper , Pavel Tsatsouline
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Coach Dan John breaks down the most complicated concepts of strength training and high-performance athletics in his personal, no-nonsense, thought-provoking and motivating style. Workout routines, Olympic lifting guidance, Highland Games, track and field and Strongman events are all covered, in addition to weight training philosophy for the general public. You'll learn...How to get stronger, faster and leaner; Simple steps to great conditioning; What it takes to compete at high-level athletics; Dan John's top training tips; Effective workouts to carry you through your training seasons; Variations of the classic 5x5 workout; Sample kettlebell and barbell workout combinations; Outdoor cardiovascular training options for athletes; And much more...

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Coach Dan John is one of the premier instructors in the world of movement, strength and athleticism. His lectures on athletic training have revolutionized the thinking of thousands, and his new text, Never Let Go, will set the standard in safer, smarter, more productive training methods. --Dr. Mark Cheng, L.Ac., Ph.D., RKC Team Leader, Contributing Editor - Black Belt Magazine

If mastery takes 10,000 hours, Dan John has mastered the art of teaching and coaching many times over. He renders the complicated simple, and the simple clear. The hours I have spent learning from him changed my life. --Mark Twight, Gym Jones

About the Author

Dan John is a strength coach and a track and field coach, a coach of the annual John Powell Discus Camp, a competitive Master's throwing athlete and Highland Games competitor, and an RKC kettlebell instructor. He's a writer who covers all aspects of weightlifting, athletic training and throwing, is a contributor to several online and print magazines, and is the editor of Get Up! newsletter for weightlifting, throwing sports and Highland Games competitors. Coach John is an accomplished lecturer of the weight training sports, and commands a large following among competitive athletes and fitness enthusiasts worldwide. Dan has a reputation for advocating adherence to basic weight training principles, such as focus on form and nutrition. His popularity is due in part to his simple and effective approach to the basicsA" of weight training.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: On Target Publications (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051GOM66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff From Dan! 25 July 2009
By S. Cork
I loved this book - it's like having Dan along side you talking through his vast experience in the world of training and lifting.

This is a pleasure - i've been following Dan's advice and enjoying his writing since some of the early internet forums, so to have so much wit and wisdom at your fingertips is wonderful.

This is not a 'how to manual' in terms of technical instruction. As the title suggests, it's more the philosophy behind it. That said it contains lots of ideas and programmes you can do along with the why's behind them.

My impression is that we don't have such a culture of lifting and therefore don't have easy access to great coaches in the UK. Therefore Dan's words are probably even more essential this side of the pond.

Get the book! (Got mine through Dave Draper's site) It will teach you lots, make you laugh, and add another layer to your understanding, appreciation and importantly application to training.

Thanks Coach!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring 22 Oct. 2009
If you know Coach Dan John at all, then you will know that what he writes is worth reading. You might have seen the online download "From The Ground Up". This book, derived largely from his posts on Tnation and so on, is a compendium packed full of no-nonsense information. It is very well-written, every section has something you can implement, and his focus on old-fashioned hard work is just what we need as an antidote to much of modern so-called fitness writing. But more than this, the lessons in the book are I feel universal, and the subtitle is not at all pompous or pretentious. The lessons contained in this volume are applicable to so much of life. I had a copy rushed to me from the US, and cannot recommend it too highly. As a companion to Marty Gallagher's "Purposeful Primitive" and the books by Pavel Tsatsouline, this book is in good company. Add in Frank Forencich's "Play as if your life depends on it" and I think you are set. Together, they are all you really need to get informed, get motivated, and get stuck in. As for this book, it's probably a shame that a lot of people looking into training works will pass it by, settling instead for a generic weight training guide that will just be more of the same old nonsense that keeps getting recycled. Buy this one instead and find out about all the new old school stuff that works!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book and worth reading 11 Oct. 2012
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Good book and pretty informative, albeit I could not get anything revolutionary out of it as far as my workouts are concerned; I've read the author's articles before (T-Nation) and that might be the reason for it. It still managed to give food for thought though - therefore I gave it four stars. The author has a witty sense of humor and it makes the reading more enjoyable compared to some other training books.

For someone looking new ideas for their training regimen this is the book to look for, if you can get a good deal for it (I paid a little too much).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, training like it should be 3 Nov. 2010
If your stuck with machines, like biceps and chest pumps buy this book. This will change your life to the better, you will get stronger, faster and learn a lot more about traning and training ideas. The book is also very well written, easy and fun to read.

A must have for people who trains and for trainers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Dec. 2012
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Dan's style of writing is humourous but at the same time very informative. He gives some great ideas for workouts, reiterates the principles that underpin a successful and long lifting career through emphasising nutrition, rest and solid consistent training.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 20 Sept. 2010
By Warren
If you have any interest in exercise, fat loss, strength training or athletic performance at any level, you ought to read this. Dan's teachings are worth a lot more than the cover price, and this book has paid for itself many times over in my household.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time 30 July 2013
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Dan John is a man who is well respected in the field of weight lifting and body building. I have read lots on the topic of weightlifting and conditioning and John is often referenced. I was excited to get to grips with the methods of a man who has been alluded to in so much of what I draw influence from. I was disappointed.

The book itself is a collection of articles written for numerous publications. This means it has coherence and the structure of the Minotaur's lair. John repeats himself numerous times. You could eliminate around a quarter of the book just by editing out repetition. There is no direction to his book so instead of having a breakdown into the different areas, for example, philosophy, training principles, training practices and examples of his programs the reader is left with a spluttering, incoherent book. I am not sure what the point of the book was.

My second complaint with this book is that John clearly suppresses both his ability to write and his knowledge. I do not know if this is for fear of alienating his audience, but I do know that it leaves the impression that he does not have much to say. The problem is that this is obviously the opposite of the reality. The man makes subtle references to the classics, he alludes to programs he uses for college athletes but this is all skimmed over. He never gets to grips with what I wanted. The most testing thing about this book is that the style is so appallingly folksy and macho so as to be annoying. The great books in this field do not sink into this quagmire. Unfortunately Dan is knee deep.

My third and most important criticism is that this book has little to offer apart from telling you what you already know, again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insights,
Excellent insights, easy to pick up and put down. Loved it. Very good for anyone involved in coaching. Highly recommended
Published 1 month ago by B WOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for both beginners and the more advanced.
I don't remember when I last enjoyed reading a book so much; and I read a lot! I also never laugh out loud and the book had me doing that. Read more
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As always, Dan is inspiring, motivating, educational and humorous! A must read.
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Hilarious, insightful, brilliant. Best training book ever.
So many books in this field are dull and dry. This was a joy to read.
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Published 8 months ago by Rae McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interesting read
Great perspective on training. A motivational read. Some good general lessons on how to improve and ideas on training/exercises that you may not have done before. Read more
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