This is a book that is sharp, clear, new information about how to make a bigger impact on the people you personal train or coach. It’s hard to adequately describe how much clearer and more intelligent than what you normally can find in the health and fitness space.
It starts with the 1-2-3-4 assessment, which is the simplest and easiest to use assessment I’ve ever seen in 11 years of being a personal trainer.
From there, it walks you through how to divide people up by their needs in three areas: Strength, mobility, and body composition. Depending on your clients needs in those three areas, you classify them into one of seven categories.
The Venn Diagram of the seven categories is worth the whole price of the book. As a personal trainer, it’s an amazing way to see, immediately, what you need to put into each person's individual program.
From there, you get five tools to impact your client’s results, from workout to food to mindset to community. You get an amazing discussion on how much (volume, intensity, hard workouts) you should have your client do, and how to know what’s enough. The parts about how to stick to your program for decades is worth it's weight in gold.
You get to see two programs outlined in entirety: “Classic Conditioning in 10 Moves” and an advanced program for throwers. These programs take it out theory and you get to see all the points applied. Besides those two complete programs, there are other workout programs sprinkled throughout the book to highlight certain points or focus on what you’d do with a specific athlete. There is a lot of “do this.”
The two amazing things you get in this book:
1) The Can You Go system is brilliantly and simply outlined
2.) Anecdotes and stories connect the dots in a way that’s amazingly fun to read, and illustrate the decades and decades of experience upon which the system was built
I would recommend this book for anyone who coaches or personal trains.
And if you’re a regular workout guy or girl, or an aging athlete, that at any point ends up “being your own coach”, then this book is even more important, because you get to download this coaching system into your head and run yourself through it. Highly recommended.
Full disclosure: Dan quotes me a few times in the book, which totally biases me. I read all Dan’s books, which also biases me. And Dan and I wrote that other book together, which also biases me. Also, I’m sure he’s sending me a review copy of this book (which would also bias me), but I *couldn’t wait* and bought it myself in Kindle and Audible the day it popped up on Amazon. It was money well spent, and I’d definitely recommend anyone who’s serious about his or her fitness to read Can You Go.