Mean Ol Mr. Gravity
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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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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 translates into his writing, even more clearly than in "Strong Enough?" I imagine some people will be turned off by that, but it's their loss.

This book has a very specific purpose and it does very well at that. If you need it, get it. If you're looking for a more generalized text, get Starting Strength or The Strongest Shall Survive (or both).