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on 15 January 2012
+It contains a great deal of relevant information regarding strength training in general.

-The majority of the programs and training concepts have been covered elsewhere (ie; Never Let Go, Power to the People) or are freely available on the internet (eg; free articles from the author's websites, free articles found on DragonDoor/T-Nation/etc). The only unique content is the quadrants system which is just a rough guide of an athlete's needs based on how advanced/specialised they are however it is relatively intuitive. For example, an elite level boxer needs to spend the majority of their time boxing ("Skills pay the bills") with only a couple of weekly strength sessions focusing on the big compound movements. On the other hand a novice can afford to strength train more frequently and with a greater variety of exercises.

-The book is fluffed out with countless photograph sized pictures of Dan and Pavel, random pictures of DragonDoor affiliated coaches and athletes, testimonials, lengthy quotes that should have been summarised and referenced, forewords and prefaces full of hyperbole and self promotion, etc. The majority of the topics covered are not difficult to understand and they do not need "expanding upon" further or the associated junk.

-Chaotic writing style. At the start of the book Dan explains how he and Pavel thought that it would be a good idea to write the book in a 'conversation type format'. The result is a book that has dual personalities. It struck me as a very lazy writing style and more time should have been spent summarising these excerpts to better include them in the main body of text.

-Poor formatting. In the first couple of chapters there are references to diagrams and graphs in the text which are not present in the Kindle book format. Elsewhere writeups of workouts are almost unreadable because they've been condensed into columns only a couple of characters wide. When you are paying almost £20 for a digital book you expect better.

-Odd structure. To give you an example, in between talking about different training quadrants there is a random 'hotel workout' of handstands, wall walks and pistols written by an obscure DragonDoor affiliated coach (and an accompanying mugshot).

-Conflicting information. For example, early in the book Dan and Pavel create a fairly damning argument against steady state cardio however in a later chapter it is recommended, albeit a variation thereof advocated by another random athlete.

I had bought the book under the premise that the book covered original material (something which Dan John claimed on the IronGarm forum), unfortunately this was not the case. As Dan John said himself, "everything old is new again" but sadly I did not take that to mean that he and Pavel would simply recycle their previous work. While Dan and Pavel claimed to be concerned with clarity and being concise the reality was that the book was cobbled together by two different people and the most basic of training programs and concepts became bloated with unnecessary content. Given Dan's reputation, the price and his claims leading up to its release I expected a hell of a lot better.
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