I just finished reading a great book and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some entertaining stories, a ton of solid training tips and some great insight from a man who has many years under the bar. The book is called “Never Let Go” by Dan John, who is a highly respected strength and conditioning coach with over 30 years experience in lifting, throwing and dragging very heavy objects!
Dan John started writing articles for T-Nation magazine, a fantastic strength and conditioning resource website. After a few years he decided to put all the articles together and publish a book. The stories are all very personal and range from his life experiences, to different training programs, to funny observations he's made over the years. He is a very honest writer and completely opens up about his life and the successes and failures he’s had on his strength and conditioning journey.
I really like that Dan John talks like a normal human being and never tries to sound smarter than he needs to. I also really like the message of his book. Nothing comes easy. In life or in the gym. If you want real, long lasting results in the gym you have to work hard and lift heavy! If you want to become successful in life, you need to work hard and stay focused on your goals!
I’ve read almost all of Dan John’s articles and have enjoyed every single one of them. I especially like the articles that include training programs. I’d like to share one of my favourite's that left me sore for a few days!
The Litvinov Workout:
Front Squats (bodyweight or higher) x 5-8 reps immediately followed by a 200M run. Take a few minutes rest between each set. Repeat 3-5 times.
My buddy Jordy and I are gong to try this workout with a sled drag this Summer. It’s called "Litvisleds" and apparently makes the workout so much harder! I’m excited to try it out and I’ll be sure to post to comments after to let you know how it goes!