Never Let Go: A Must Read

Posted on by Ben Bruno

I hope everyone had a good week. After two weeks of almost constant rain, the sun finally came out here, so things are looking up. We have a long weekend too, so that should be nice.

I’m in the process of putting together another list of Good Reads but I just wanted to take a second to bring some attention to an awesome book I just finished reading yesterday by Dan John because it is worthy of special mention.

Because he really has two first names, I’ve never known quite how to refer to him. Coach John gives the impression that his name is John (at least to me), and I don’t feel like I know him well enough to be on a first name basis. For the purposes of this post, I’ll just call him Coach (this will make sense after you’ve read the book).


So, the book. It’s called Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning, and it’s awesome. I had the pleasure of seeing Coach speak in person when he came to present to our staff, and I had read a lot of his stuff, so I thought I had a pretty good grasp on his ideas, but this book opened my eyes to a lot more. Coach is full of wisdom; not knowledge (though he has that too), but wisdom. To me, there’s a difference. Wisdom certainly involves knowledge, and you need to know your stuff, but perhaps more importantly, it involves lots and lots of experience. When I have a question, I’m going to guy with wisdom over the guy with just pure knowledge any day of the week.

I have always felt lucky to work for Mike Boyle because he has wisdom. When he answers a question, he is drawing on years and years of personal experience. Dan John is the same way. These guys have been coaching for longer than I’ve been alive. Lucky for us, they are willing to share it.

Never Let Go is chalk full of Dan’s (ok I guess now I feel comfortable using his first name) experiences as an athlete and as a coach. It’s different from a lot of other fitness books I’ve read because it doesn’t just give a program to follow. He does that a little bit, but that’s the part of the book I was drawn to. I’m reminded of that famous cliché:

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.

Dan teaches you how to fish in this book. He teaches you how to think for yourself, which I think is much more valuable in the long run. It’s also just flat-out fun to read, which is nice. He has a great way with words and is quite funny. I read the entire thing is two sittings because I could not put it down.

It’s funny, whenever I used to hear the phrase “never let go,” my mind would jump to the cheesy ending scene of the Titanic. Now I’m pretty sure it will jump to Dan John.

The book is not expensive at all either. You can buy it HERE, or it also just came on the Kindle if you’re into that sort of thing (which I’m not…yet anyway) and you can buy that HERE. You certainly won’t regret it.

  • IronBear138

    Thanks for the review, Ben.