Book Review: Deep Water
I was very impressed with the newly published book Deep Water by internationally recognized strength athlete Jon Andersen and strength coach Josha Faye. The book begins with the telling of Jon’s childhood story. In fairly graphic detail, the text highlights Jon’s battles with childhood obesity, severe bullying, and self-doubt, but the light at the end of the tunnel became clear the day a P.E. teacher introduced Jon to the weight room. It might sound like a typical background for any bodybuilder, but believe me, Jon Andersen is no typical man. Jon’s traumatic past lays the groundwork for the motivation behind the Deep Water training protocols. I’ve read a lot books about weight training, but not many have equaled the intensity of Deep Water.
In the book, the term Deep Water is used as a metaphor to liken Jon (and any disciple of this method) to a great white shark. The great white shark is an adaptive creature who is strong, powerful, always in motion, and never at rest. After working through the Deep Water program, you’ll feel as if you’re never at rest, but always in a state of recovery.
The Deep Water training protocols are truly brutal, but despite the tough agenda, the reader is challenged and encouraged to take up the new program. The book includes six week training programs for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels; it also provides the reader with a corresponding diet and target lifts for a person’s weight class. In fact, I’ve actually started the program myself, and I have to say, the way I feel after a workout is more like the way I felt in basic training during my Army days. Maybe that’s the point. Basic training was a transformative process that not only changed you physically, but also mentally and emotionally. It seems like the intent of the Deep Water method is to transform a person in each of these ways as well. Ultimately, Deep Water encourages the reader to examine their own attitudes about excellence and achieving their fullest potential.
Technically, the book is nearly flawless. The writing style is extremely impressive, and the layout is highly refined. This eBook weighs in at 114 pages, and it is delivered to the buyer as a PDF; this is one I’d definitely print off if only for the diet and training programs. Alternatively, it can be downloaded as a PDF to your Kindle, and it reads well on that device (Google: saving/viewing a PDF on Kindle).
I usually like to compare the cost of a book to the cost of one session with a personal trainer, and although Andersen and Faye’s offering is a bit pricier than many of the other books in this genre, I must say the book is well worth the $47 price (and it’s still less than one personal training session).
As the book states, Deep Water is not for everyone, but I encourage anyone on a quest for the next challenge to read this book, follow the protocols, and discover their fullest human potential.
You can order the book here: Deep Water by Jon Andersen and Jasha Faye
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