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December 17, 2009



A very reasonable assessment. The "British-ism" "bloody" (in the sense of, say, "damn") also appears in the book. Perhaps John Du Cane's (editorial) hand showing!

I thought the progressions were very well-thought out and give one realistic hopes of achieving at least the higher (if not possibly the highest) levels of difficulty presented in the book. The systematic and precise setting of progression standards to attain before moving on to the next level of difficulty, is IMO, one of the best features of the book. I have only just started to work through the exercises, so it's too early to say whether the progression benchmarks are valid for me, let alone in general.

The author should have been more explicit about training volumes. To me it makes sense to do all the very easy progressions, except possibly the handstand ones, 5 days a week and thereafter to reduce volumes to a greater or lesser extent when the more difficult levels are reached.

The injuries from pull-ups/chin-ups referred to in the post above (ref. to #4), might simply be due to overdoing things or not progressing slowly enough.

Wade's point about not pursuing numbers for the sake of numbers in weight-training was a good one. His parable about the two approaches to training should have been placed near the beginning of the book!

My book reached me in about 5 days and I'm in a different continent from DragonDoor!


After reading the book I concur with much of what has been said above. The marketing was totally over-the-top, but I'm afraid this is the kind of hype that's required given the vast amount of competition on the internet today. It's probably unfair to tar the book because of the advertising. My favorite training book of all time is Bill Starr's football book. It's a total classic, but if it was advertised by Dragon Door it'd be subject to the same nutty overhype. It wouldn't effect the book though, would it?

Regarding the identity of the author, I think I'd be surprised if the book WASN'T ghostwritten, at least in some portions. But then, this actually makes sense; I'd be pretty shocked if some grungy old long-term prisoner could write a book as entertaining and eloquent as this one.

Whover produced the bulk of the text, there's no arguing that the exercise theory inside was developed by a very, very highly experienced athlete. It's unbelievably sophisticated. Everone online seems to be raving about the progressions, but this was not my favorite part. I preferred the idea of the Big Six. Given the fact that there are so many body wieght exercises out there, channeling all the best ones into four pattern (or "movement-types" as he calls them) is nothing short of sheer genius.

It's worth pointing out that even the people who have really criticized this book have still said that it's worth the money, which is the first time I've heard this about Dragon Door products which tend to be radically overpriced.


Could this be Charles Brons (a Brit) who is still in prison ? considering the fact that there are quite a lot of UK'ish Enginlish terms in the book. Besides Bronson has written a book earlier on Body weight exercising called Solitary Fitness

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