Pavel & Dan John’s book is a “gold mine” of relevant coaching/training pearls.
For instance, the clear overview of the Russian approach to training, honed over the last half century, is presented brilliantly by Pavel. His emphasis on training appropriate movement efficiencies reminds me of my first readings of Janda & Lewit in the early 1980′s. The same points are being made about the weakness of most so called “fitness” regimes which groove inappropriate movement patterns in the pursuit of aesthetic goals instead of real strength (emphasized here) or motor control (Prague school rehab emphasis).
I am convinced by the author’s arguments that a strong base of GPP is absolutely essential for an athlete to develop power in their chosen sport. Dan John’s description of the 4 Quadrant training approach is also highly thought provoking. Describing the difference between a cross fitter & the extremely narrow focus of those most elite athletes imbibing the “rare air” of the pinnacle of their sport is worth every penny.
There is so much in this book that I will keep it close at hand for many years to come. Not on the shelf, but on my desk. Further proof that we are bridging the gap from rehab to training.