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    Hey there everyone well I would like to firstly say that it has been an honour to be able to answer your questions over the last wee while and I would like to thank all those who posted questions or responses and also the thank Steve Thompson the founder of Get Strength and his web site for giving me complete editorial control over what I write and how I express my philosophies, the errors are entirely mine and should not reflect back on anyone else. I am taking a sabbatical from all writing for a wee while, primarily since I feel that it is time to allow others to air there philosophies and ideas and also I feel I need time away to reflect and see what ideas I can come up with next, I want to spend time playing with our tendo unit at canterbury and see how we can get the best out of it and start researching varying speeds of the bar for what we are trying to achieve in our training, I want to dip into the archives and re-read some of the classics that influenced me so much growing up and still today, some of these in no order of importance, which I recommend whole heartedly to you all to read are:

    Peary and Mabel Rader’s original Iron Man magazine before John Balik took over, the authors are too many to list here but they are gold nuggets each and every copy you can get your hands on, I wish some one would release them as a series of book compilations of each year

    Anything by Bill Starr,especially the classic The Strongest Shall Survive

    Bill Hinbern’s classic collection of old time strong man courses and literature go to

    I want to go over with a fine tooth comb all the editions of Milo, from the only magazine that comes close to the old Iron Man magazine, and go through the list of books on the web site to see what new ideas are out there

    of course I will stay up to date all the great authors at waterbury, cosgrove, poliquin, thibaudeau and the rest as well as and re-read all of Louie Simmons’ material and the Russian manuals,and supertraining and any other of a dozen fine books in my library that have gathered dust such as Zatsiorsky’s fine book

    I especially want to re-read all that Professor Rob Newton and Dan Baker has written on the development of power

    and I want to spend time with a beautiful woman, Donna, learn a bit more about wine and sake and of course do a wee bit of tasting, get myself in better physical,mental and spritual shape and I want to help guide the Sanyo rugby team to the Triple Crown of Japanese Rugby and prepare my physical preparation plans for the the 2010 Super Rugby season.

    To all of you good luck, tjhis is not goodbye but simply a break in transmission, stay well, train smart, enjoy every minute, cheers, ashley jones


    Thanks heaps Ash, for all your help and ideas. You’re a legend


    Thanks sincerely for everything you’ve contributed to the site and for answering my questions over the last year or so.

    I start my first strength & conditioning job on Tuesday and I know it would have been a much more daunting task without all the knowledge and resources you have provided here.

    All the best in Japan, already looking forward to your new ideas.



    Cheers Tom, all the very best in your career enjoy every moment of it and thank you for your kind words, best wishes, ashley


    Thanks Prop continue to go well and making progress, all the very best with reaching your goals in this great sport, ash


    Hi Ash, On behalf of Getstrength Platinum I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help and guide others. You have been an inspiration to me and the Getstrength readers over the years. Your answers were out of this world, you always went over and beyond the call of duty to help.

    I completely understand your need for a break. We look forward to your return.

    Steve Thompson


    I just wanted to add my thanks to your contribution on the site. I have learned a lot in these past couple of years, I appreciate that you took the time to reply to each question. Thanks again.



    Thanks for the insights and encouragement that I’ve been on the right track.

    I’ve just rolled out a simple 5×5 programme a la “The Strongest Shall Survive” with my Amateur club….I can’t wait to see the improvement in the ones who’ve embraced it over those who thought they knew better.

    I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

    All the best.

    Yed Bawon

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