06 Dec 5 Reasons Why You Absolutely Must Read The New Book “Intervention” by Dan John
I would even go so far as to call this book the MOST IMPORTANT fitness book you may ever read.
The book is “Intervention” by one of the most respected strength coaches and a true fitness guru in today’s world, coach Dan John.
What can you say about Dan?
He’s a man that truly “gives back” to the fitness community in so many ways. (*Check out the podcast, Episode 19 to hear exactly what I mean.)
He’s a man of character and there are few people like Dan John in the entire fitness industry, that’s for sure.
Not only is he wicked smart, but he’s a truly great person.
Dan is someone that has great experience, knowledge, and wisdom.
He’s easy to talk to and treats everyone with total respect.
You can’t always say that about some people that become true experts and pioneers in their craft.
I could go on and on about how great Dan is and tell you all about his extensive background.
But if you don’t know who he is, get the book and you will definitely appreciate how truly awesome he is in what he does.
Let me tell you, I got the book the day it came out.
Not the digital version, but the real book.
I read it in a day. Yep, one day.
I started reading it and immersed myself in it during a flight. (A flight, by the way, is the perfect time to completely throw yourself into a great book!)
One plane flight is usually one book read, that’s the way I look at it.
Anyway, this is a truly amazing book and I’ll share with you 5 of the top reasons this should be mandatory reading for everyone that wants to get better and get what they want. (Oh, you have to know what you actually want to get it, just a thought.)
REASON #1: IF YOU TRULY WANT RESULTS, YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE 10 QUESTIONS.
The 10 questions is one of the most important lessons in the intervention system. Yes, intervention is a system. And, if you follow the system, you’ll do very well.
Let’s take a look at the 1st question. What’s your goal?
This is kind of an important question right? I know this sounds pretty basic, but you really have to be clear on where you’re going.
Most people don’t know exactly what they want.
I mean, what are you really training for? Do you really know?
The book talks about going from Point A (where you are) to Point B (where you want to get to).
And, not just a general sense. Sure, we all want to get leaner, fitter, and stronger.
We all want to look better, feel better, and perform better. Now, how are you going to measure that with clarity?
That’s the point. You’ve got to know your clear outcome and assess along the way.
Simple, but often taken for granted.
The 10 questions are a system that will guide you to your Point B.
Be able to answer them. This is very important.
REASON #2: YOU MUST UNDERSTAND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN MOVEMENT.
This is really key. Do you know what human movements are fundamental?
Do you have a solid baseline with these movements?
There are 5 principles in intervention, which I’ll discuss in a minute.
One of the principles is that “fundamental human movement is fundamental.”
How profound is that? Really think about this and understand it before progressing into higher level activities, exercises, or lifts.
If you don’t have your fundamentals down, if you don’t have the foundation of movement, you could be setting yourself up for trouble by way of injury or lack of appropriate progression.
I’m a big believer in fundamentals before everything else (I’ve said this many times), so I was ecstatic to see that Dan addressed this in the book.
Understand what the 5 fundamental movements are and seek mastery in them.
This will pay off massively.
REASON #3: IF YOU APPLY THE 5 PRINCIPLES, YOU WILL DO WELL.
Now, onto the 5 principles.
The 5 principles of intervention are:
- Strength training for lean body mass and joint mobility trump everything else.
- Fundamental human movements are…fundamental.
- Standard gaps must be constantly assessed.
- The notion of a ‘park bench’ workout and ‘bus bench’ workout must be applied throughout the training lifetime.
- Constantly strive for mastery and grace.
These are powerful principles.
You may not know what they all mean right now, but they are things that not only should be applied, but MUST be applied to continually make progress to get you to your Point B.
To maximize your training and performance, these principles are essential.
Read them, understand them, and implement them.
REASON #4: YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SORT THROUGH THE CLUTTER IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY AND DISCOVER WHAT REALLY WORKS.
With all of the fitness fads, fluff, and nonsense out there, this book cuts through the clutter and is the definitive manual for results, in my opinion.
Dan is a great writer. He has a marvelous way of shooting straight from the hip and helping you understand what is really important.
Stories, tips, ideas, and very valuable, useful information is peppered throughout the book.
The sequences and exercise progressions are really awesome.
There are no “false promises” here.
Only systems, ideas, principles, and experience about what works.
Things that are general philosophies to specific examples, such as the revealing importance of loaded carries and the “batwing” exercise.
Again, there’s zero fluff here. Only useful training guidelines and progressions, if you apply them.
REASON #5: YOU’LL ALWAYS GET PROGRAMMING IDEAS TO APPLY TO YOUR GOALS.
One thing you get with any Dan John book is new program ideas.
One of Dan’s great quotes, is “simple but not easy.” The programs in the book are all simple.
None of them are easy. None.
Who says you have to do all this “stuff” to get great results?
Think of the 80/20 in your training, meaning that 80% of your results comes from 20% of what you do.
Why not just focus on the most effective 20%?
This book is not about programming, it’s about training philosophy and a proven system for what works.
But, you’ll get programming ideas, as an added bonus.
For more programs, see Dan’s other great books Never Let Go and Mass Made Simple.
Here’s what I recommend.
- Get the book.
- Read it cover to cover.
- On a 1 page summary sheet, write out the 10 questions and 5 principles and constantly refer to them.
- Go back and re-read the book and pull out the big takeaways specifically for you.
- Implement the system.
Anyway, this is what I’m doing.
Implement the system and live the philosophy.
To get the book, click here. (NOTE: This is not an affiliate link and I have no affiliation with this whatsoever, I just believe this is an awesome book that should be shared and I’d love to help get in it as many people’s hands as possible).
I sincerely hope you get it, understand it, and implement it.
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