Overcoming Gravity By Steven Low – Book Review:
A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength by Steven Low is a book that helped me a lot and thought me a lot of things.
Since I started working out only with my body-weight, I used the same weight lifting principles I used when I was training only with weights.
And I had great success, but later I’ve met some people who train every day, pushing and pulling workouts(and sometimes twice or thrice a day), and I started training like them, but the thing that I forget was that they were 17 year-olds.
So I started searching, reading and asking people about it(mainly people whom I am following on Instagram).
I figured that I have to work on my posture, joint mobility and to make a program that will help me reach my goals and also I really wanted to find a way to feel better after my workout.
Because I was training 30+ sets and the next day I was feeling like shit, but I still had the willpower to train, but it wasn’t very productive.
I bought the book, I’ve read it and I started working out fewer sets, but I got more results from that.
Steve Low’s advice was to work out 3 times a week. Full body workout. And doing just that is more than enough to see the results that you wanted.
I’m working out once every two days, which is 7 times per 2 weeks.
And I’m having great results by that, if you see regress in your strength, re-read the notes that you wrote on Overcoming gravity and find out what you are doing wrong.
A little something about the author
Steven Low, author of Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength is a former competitive gymnast who, in recent years, has been heavily involved in the gymnastics performance troupe, Gymkana.
He has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland College Park, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore.
He has also spent thousands of hours independently researching the scientific foundations of health, fitness and nutrition and is able to provide many insights into practical care for injuries.
His training is varied and intense with a focus on gymnastics, parkour, rock climbing, and sprinting.
He currently resides in his home state of Maryland(Eat. Move. Improve.).
Pros and cons
And here is a comment by Paul “Coach” Wade, best-selling Dragon Door author of Convict Conditioning and Convict Conditioning 2:
“I’ll say it straight: Overcoming Gravity is the best book money can buy on gymnastics and bodyweight strength–period! This book reads like what it is–an absolute labor of love, an all-encompassing masterpiece written by a bona fide genius in the field. This book wasn’t written to make a ton of money. There is so much advanced training information in this huge volume that it could have easily been watered-down and split into ten books…maybe more. Overcoming Gravity has the power to change the way you train–not just for a handful of workouts, but for an entire lifetime. Buy this book!”
Simply said the book is 500+ pages pure value, and yes the information may be overwhelming at the beginning but you will get used to it.
You will learn a lot about training even if you don’t like to do body-weight strength training.
The book will teach you how to train right, but also will teach you how to lower the risk of injuries by prehabilitation of your joints.
Everybody knows what that means, more training, fewer rest days.
Also, if you have any questions to the author you can ask him on Reddit/overcominggravity.
The only con is that it is 500+ pages long, but at the end is worth it, so I guess this is a pro.
The author does not talk much about leg exercises.
You can add some plyometrics and pistol squats to your workout routine.
Later you can add some advance exercises like quad raise(dead man raise) and glute-ham raise.
One of the best things about it is that no matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced trainee you will learn a ton of valuable information.
You will learn how to make your own workouts, by learning how your body reacts to strength training, and after that you will do it yourself.
Don’t need to buy your workouts from someone or from some website.
You will do it and you will learn to listen to your body, and how your body reacts to the workout.
In conclusion, as I said before I will probably reread the book, several times, I have a problem with remembering stuff.
Because it is a great book about body-weight training, it is a must have for everybody who wants to reach his/her goals, not just repeat the same boring exercises, over and over again.
The Price is 44.47$, the price is from Amazon, you can order one here.
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