Top positive review
Informative and very enjoyable!
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
All four books in the Aasgaard ouevre (the others being Starting Strength, Practical Programming, Strong Enough?, in that order of priority) are required reading for srs lifters. Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity may be the most entertaining of all, slathered generously in Rippetoe's famously dry sense of humor. But it is no less informative, demonstrating the thought processes of a veteran coach as he analyzes dozens of unique training scenarios and demolishes fallacies both understandable (concern about excessive weight gain) and bizarre (concern that milk may cause baldness).
One may not always agree with Rip -- for example, he seems to have an irrational aversion to bare feet -- but his decades of experience as a coach and lifter shine through in every punchy retort. And he never claims to be an omniscient authority, always aware of the limits of his own knowledge and encouraging his interlocutors to think for themselves.
Finally, considering that people more often need reminding than instruction, you are likely to find things you already "know" packaged in a way that makes you consider them more thoughtfully. For example, it was only after reading this book that I finally started using a belt after five years of lifting. I am particularly dense but that alone made this book worth the read for me.