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Mean Ol Mr. Gravity
Price: $21.95
  • Average Rating 4.44/5 Stars.
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(4.44 out of 5 with 9 votes)
Product Description:
Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity: Conversations on Strength Training

Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity is a compilation of Q&A posts from Mark Rippetoe's StrengthMill forum. Edited for brevity, efficiency, clarity, accuracy, and taste (in a loose sense, sorry), MOMG adds to the information available in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training and Practical Programming for Strength Training by tailoring it to the individual through his responses to questions posed by actual humans regarding their own training. It preserves the coarseness, humor, and candor that have become Rip's trademark style.

 


A Question.

Goombahboy: Hey Rip, why would you make a book out of a bunch of posts that are already available on the web? What could you possibly have been thinking?

Mark Rippetoe: An excellent question. I have no idea, other than the fact that a book like this makes an excellent bathroom companion.  The reading-kind of companion. Information and humor in small, easily managed chunks. Conveniently digestible pieces, as it were. Well, you know what I mean.

Bozo1988: Yeah, what were you thinking?  I mean, I know there's a lot of information here, I know that all of the really stupid stuff that would waste my time while reading it online has been removed, and that the videos posted on the board don't load very fast in a book format anyway, but why a book?

Mark Rippetoe: Look, just read the damn thing, okay? You'll be fine.

 


Better than a preview:  see Mark Rippetoe’s Q&A on the Starting Strength Forums.


Product Details:
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: The Aasgaard Company; December 2009
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9825227-1-4
Product Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"


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An enjoyable, informative read
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Richard Tamesis (WA) - December 7th 2010
This is a book just brimming with pearls of wisdom about strength training from Mark Rippetoe and full of wit. I just wish there was a Kindle version of this so that I can carry it around when I travel.
Classic Rippetoe
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D. Maxwell (Phoenix, AZ) - September 5th 2010
Funny and informative, classic writing by a true iconoclast. More people in this world should be subjected to Rippetoe's frank style.
Read and Lift!
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R. Wanamaker (Williamsburg, VA) - September 5th 2010
I purchased this book only because his other three were so good. however, i have found this book readily stands on its own as a source of strength information. his gruff coversational style and humor come through in spades. but, the INFORMATION is there in spades also.

Rippetoe groups the information in separate catagories which concentrates like information. those groups make it easier to use the info. if fitness and strength are a priority for you, BUY this book, you won't be s [...read more]
Great Stuff
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M. Lentzer (Fremont, CA) - September 5th 2010
While Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity (MOMG) is not essential like Starting Strength (SS) and Practical Programming (PP), it is still really good. It fills in the little gaps and cracks that the other books might have missed. If you read those books and have a question then chances are that it has been answered in MOMG.

If you already have SS and PP and want more of Rip's wisdom then this is the next book to buy. You'll also get a good dose of Rip's "earthy" sense of humor, which i [...read more]
Good for little tips on strength training,
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S. Soh "ayyx" (Singapore) - September 5th 2010
This book is good to have if you have rip's other 3 books. It provides a lot of small little tips here and there, and some humor too.

However, if you do not have his 3 other books, ''starting strength'', ''practical programming'' and ''Strong enough?''. I recommend you buy, read and understand those books first, in that order. Those are the very basic and most important stuff about strength training you need to know before you try to absorb little tips in this book.
Funny Stuff
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K. Fairchild (Iowa) - September 5th 2010
This book has all kinds of useful tidbits and builds upon the information currently in Mr. Rippetoe's other books. However, this book has had me laughing hard every time I read it. If you don't learn anything from it, you'll at least find something to give you a good belly laugh.

If you are a fan of Mr. Rippetoe's humor, this book won't let you down. If you are a fan of his brand of knowledge, this book won't let you down. If you are craving a drier, more information-based text li [...read more]
Classic Rippetoe
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M. Barry (Australia) - September 5th 2010
This book is another classic by Mark Rippetoe. He seems to have made a career out of one approach to weight lifting, spruiking it as a life force. As it happens, I agree with much of what he writes, am amused by his style etc. I am also aware that it is his way or the highway. Mind you, judging by some of the contributions made by readers of his website, I can understand his frustration, which he vents freely.

A good laugh, combined with much good advice.

Just remem [...read more]
Great companion to Starting Strength
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C.m. Hickman (IL) - September 5th 2010
If you are implementing Starting Strength, this is a fantastic and extremely necessary companion for you. While the forum on the website is helpful, your question has probably already been asked and answered and it's probably in this book. There's no need to find it and bookmark it, or print it out, it's all right here.

As for the writing style....Mark is not one of those fluffy "motivational" personal trainers. He has a strong, biting, sarcastic wit about him and it tr [...read more]
Good Information,
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Milkfan (IL) - September 5th 2010
This book has taken content from Mark Rippetoe's forum and organized it around various subjects (injury, sports-specific training, etc.)

Starting Strength and Practical Programming are excellent books if you are looking for specific training advice and information, and Strong Enough? is a wonderful collection of his essays on the topic of strength training. He is smart and articulate and funny - a combination rarely found in any author, much less one who writes on the subject of w [...read more]