‘Never Let Go’ by Dan John
A Book Review by Nichole DeHart
I absolutely love to read. I love reading autobiographies, motivational books, non-fiction and anything of the like. A few people have recommended the book Never Let Go by Dan John. I have always had a pile of ‘must read’ books so, unfortunately, Never Let Go was shoved to the bottom of the pile. I recently picked it up to skim thru it for some training ideas and was captivated by the witty writing and down to earth story telling. I decided it had to be my next ‘must read’ book!
I am so thankful that I started reading this book because it has had a profound impact on the way I train, the way I train my clients and my outlook on coaching. Let me give you a break down of the book and who Dan John is.
Dan John is a world-renowned strength and conditioning coach. He is well known for his take on strength and conditioning programs and the high caliber athletes he has produced. He is also an accomplished athlete himself. He is an All-American Discus Thrower, has competed at the highest levels in Olympic Weightlifting, the Highland Games and holds American Records in the Weight Pentathlon. Yep, I would say he is a pretty solid coach and athlete.
Amid all that time spent coaching and training, he has also developed incredible writing skills. He wrote Never Let Go in 2009 and penned some of his most memorable coaching experiences. His book is broken down into 42 small chapters that chronicle life lessons learned by his years of coaching. He writes with a subtle humor and ease so that the football player, stay at home mom or the budding strength coach can all relate to him.
The chapters have a wide variety of topics, which I really enjoy. One chapter could be about the hardest, most heinous workout designed to challenge the best of the best (just google The Litvinov Workout) and the next chapter could be about the unexpected events life throws you and how to be adaptable. You will be introduced to different methods of strength and conditioning and will pick up a few extra ideas for coaching athletes (or ways to torture, ehhh strengthen, your friends in your garage gym). There is a gamut of lessons learned through out the book. As a reader, you actually feel like you are learning these lessons alongside Dan John because he writes with such an exposed perspective.
The man carries a tremendous amount of wisdom. Thankfully, he is well written and allows us to take a brief look into his mind in Never Let Go. I recommend this book to everyone! By the time you finish the book, you will feel motivated, have a better understanding of why you should front squat all the time (always front squat, always) and have a more focused vision of your goals.
Enjoy the read!