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10 Essential Strength Books: Part 8 – Never Let Go

As good as it gets

As good as it gets

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Dan John is one of my greatest mentors.  There is nobody I know of who is more charismatic, knowledgeable, or generous.  The brief hours I’ve spent with him have been rewarding beyond measure.

Without rehashing all of the reasons, I will simply point to:

Never Let Go Does Three Important Things For Me

1. It makes me laugh until I’m gagging

2. It makes me want to put it down to go lift and work

3. After that, it makes me want to be a better man

I can’t talk elegant or pretty about this book, but I’ll say this:  Never Let Go is that rare thing–a book that people claim has changed their lives…but you can actually see their lives changing as they live its lessons.

I see it every day in my own life.

PS: Never Let Go isn’t just for weightlifters, meatheads, bodybuilders, powerlifters, or other assorted loonies.  It’s got something for everyone.  Do yourself a favor and find a way to read it, whether you ever pick up a weight or not.

And if they don’t have it at your library…find a new library.

This is Part 8 in a series.  Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.


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  • Gordie Rogers September 10, 2009, 4:29 am

    Thanks for recommending this Josh. As a fitness book, I also recommend “Combat Condtioning” by Matt Furey. It’s about doing bodyweight exercises without any equipment.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 10, 2009, 7:17 am

      Gordie, I’ve been a Furey fan for a while. If you liked Combat Conditioning, you’d like The Naked Warrior by Pavel.

  • Dean September 10, 2009, 6:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE the Dan John book. Not only is there tons of useful information, it’s just downright hilarious.

  • Casey September 10, 2009, 7:14 am

    Dan really is someone everyone could use as a mentor, and not just for weightlifting and physical fitness. I’ve only gotten to interact with him over email, but even then he just gives off this aura.

    I got him to do a small interview for my site, if anyone is interested, here is the link:

  • Gordie Rogers September 10, 2009, 9:42 am

    Thanks for that Josh. I’ll look at it.

  • Leah September 10, 2009, 10:56 am

    Wow– well, you know how to pique a girl’s interest! I’m going to check this baby out!

    • Josh Hanagarne September 10, 2009, 12:58 pm

      Leah, you won’t be sorry. And you’ll definitely learn a few things about men:)

  • Casey September 10, 2009, 2:33 pm

    I’m assuming your library has it right Josh?

    • Josh Hanagarne September 10, 2009, 3:03 pm

      Casey, they do, but only because my personal copy is sitting on my desk. They don’t know they have it.

  • lori September 10, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Oooh, oooh, another great read for me to snatch up!
    Thanks, Josh!
    (This was funny, “And if they don’t have it at your library…find a new library.” Can I send you after them? Kind of like a World’s Strongest Librarian hit man [tag line: Ensuring the world is stocked with all the best books.])