Mean Ol Mr. Gravity
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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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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 is often laugh out loud funny.