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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: On Target Publications (1 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931046387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931046381
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Cork on 25 July 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By M. GEORGE on 22 Oct. 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Kemper on 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 By Pete on 7 Dec. 2010
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A great book, well worth the money for anyone with even a passing interest in lifting heavy things, getting bigger, stronger, fitter, losing weight. With some good advice, lessons you don't have to learn yourself as Dan John has been there and done it already (the good, the bad and the ugly) and lots of good ideas for different training programmes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joh_marius on 3 Nov. 2010
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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 By Happy lifter on 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 By Amazon Customer on 2 May 2012
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Very inspirational book with loads of common sense ideas to becoming an alpha male. Easy read throughout, I enjoyed it a great deal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warren on 20 Sept. 2010
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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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