Dan John reviews Movement

“I can’t think of a single time in my career where I felt as intimidated as I feel trying to review Gray Cook’s Movement. As a 118-pound Middle Linebacker, I fear no one. As an undersized thrower, I stepped in the ring anywhere. I once dived in an area where a Tiger Shark had a small human snack days before I hopped in the ocean.

Dan John, US Master's Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Dan John, US Master's Outdoor Track and Field Championships

“Reviewing Cook’s ‘Opus’ puts me into my little corner. Honestly, there is one single page, Self-Limiting Exercises, that will make you want to stop what you are doing and reconsider everything you have done in your training career. Oh, yeah, the FMS stuff, the screens and the corrections and the next level of corrections and then the explanations about the corrections…what can I say?

“Here is what I can say: Cook’s book stands alone. It is a one stop ‘testament’ to movement. His explanation of designing training upon the foundation of proper movement (versus how I train myself!) literally made me stand up and walk around for a few minutes. It is staggering to attempt to corral this work into a few pithy phrases. The charts, the graphs, and the tables that walk you through your discoveries is a GPS system for human movement.

“It stands alone. I don’t know how else to say it. I’ve had hands-on work by Gray and I had no idea what to do or where to go after those few minutes. This book literally is a trip through his brain and he gives you the tools to walk with his experience and diagnose (in my case, self-diagnose) issues related to human movement.

“Do I recommend it? Are you serious? If you are serious, at any level of sport or movement, you need this book. And, yes, for the record, my review pales at best in comparison to this monumental work.”

Dan John
Author of Never Let Go

Movement: Book Review Comments

“Once a decade a book comes out that you will keep reading, rereading, and crowding with notes until it falls apart. Then you buy a new copy and enthusiastically start over. In the 1990s it was Verkhoshansky and Siff’s Supertraining. In the 2000s McGill’s Ultimate Back. Enter the 2010s and Gray Cook’s Movement. It is a game changer.” ~ Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Enter the Kettlebell!

“Gray has the ability and charisma to reach any audience. Another of those WhizKid PTs, Gray has singlehandedly changed coaches in every professional sport. Because of Gray, the Functional Movement Screen is now the gold standard screening tool in our industry.”  ~Michael Boyle, author of Advances in Functional Training

“Gray Cook has changed things. You might not know it, but things are different now. I’ve been in sport since LBJ was in office and I have been wondering something for a long time: What’s wrong? Yep, that’s it. Why does this hurt when I do that? How come I can’t just do X? Gray has the answer in his new book, Movement. Right from the start, he tells me what I have been doing wrong for way too long: First move well, and then move often.  His performance pyramid alone is worth the time and energy to read the book. But, my favorite part of the text is Self Limiting Activities. It’s not a cure all section, but, for me, it was a blueprint to think about exercise in a whole new light: something that actually moves while working on the quality of movement. If you understand what I wrote, bless you. Otherwise, read the section!

“I keep expanding my “Must Have” Library. Tommy Kono’s book? Check. Keys to Progress? Check. Boyle’s Advances in Functional Training? Check. Cerutty on Training? Check. Power to the People and Return of the Kettlebell? Check and Check. Check out Cook’s new book. Push your bookends out a little wider. It’s a keeper.” ~ Dan John, author of Never Let Go

“Exercise and rehabilitation time is valuable—too valuable not to use a system. Gray Cook’s Movement uses a systematic approach to exercise and rehabilitation built on the fundamentals of authentic human movement.” ~ Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

“Gray’s premise is beautiful in its simplicity: Training movement can fix muscles, but training muscles rarely fixes movement. Since all of sport is movement, his 80/20 approach is then astounding in its effectiveness. For the time invested, the FMS and its cousins are the best tools I’ve seen for producing bullet-proof athletes and pain-free non-athletes in record time.” ~ Tim Ferriss, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek

“I was skeptical when Gray and Lee first took me through the screening process. But by bringing out my weak spots, this honest evaluation told them exactly what I needed to work on. They taught me to think of my body in a different way, proving trainers and therapists don’t need fancy equipment to do a good evaluation.” ~ Michelle Wie, Professional Golfer

“We have integrated many of Gray Cook’s movement principles and corrective strategies into our programs to help accomplish our mission of preserving and maintaining the Commander’s combat power. The FMS screening and assessment tols are very useful in establishing the baseline for our performance training system.” ~ Mike Strock, US NAVY, Human Performance Consultant

“I use the Functional Movement Screen in my work with training professional football players, and you can use it for your work with hearty athletes, personal training clients and rehabilitation patients as well. It’s that versatile, that effective and that appealing… Everything we do at the Indianapolis Colts is built on a Functional Movement Screen base—it’s the foundation of our program.” ~ Jon Torine, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Indianapolis Colts