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Dan John
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Book Description

1 Jun 2009
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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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: On Target Publications (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931046387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931046381
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,104 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

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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book and worth reading 11 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 Powerful 2 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gold 31 Jan 2012
I just wish I had this book 20 years ago, amazing content, the only exercise book I reread on a regular basis, and I still learn new things from it. If you want to learn how to train yourself and others, just get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 7 Dec 2010
By Pete
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
The examples from his life experiences along with the program's makes this this a great read for fitness enthusiasts. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mr. S. R. Uddin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
Dan John once again shows why he is so well-respected in the Strength world and provides laods of great training protocols, anecdotes and brilliant advice on both how and why you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you lift- Read this
This is a great readable Book, not the usual american tripe, but real world lifting advice, and very well written without over emphasizing this Mans real Depth of Knowledge and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jayk
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it twice it is so helpful
I have read this book twice, emailed Dan with a question to which he promptly replied.

It does sometimes assume you have a good understanding of the subject so beginners... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing I ever read
My wife bought me this book last Christmas. I finished reading it before I went back to work after Christmas - and that included us having a baby. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan John is one of my Heros
I've wanted this book for years and was Not dissapointed.

John succeeds in condensing the decades worth of fitness and training knowledge into this brilliant book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cathal Louis Dolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
I have been training for over 15 years now. For me, this is the most enjoyable weight training book I have read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sasco
1.0 out of 5 stars have not read it
have not read book so cannot comment downloaded it by accident,its not my type of read so unfair to comment
Published 7 months ago by les chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Dan Jon cuts through the BS and tells it how it is. Great life lessons and some great lifting lessons!
Published 7 months ago by Chris Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars happy days
What a great book. I used to do weights in my teens and early twenties, Now 42, I recently got some Olympic weights (my old plastic and cement ones were beat! Read more
Published 7 months ago by M Hanley
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