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Dan John Can You Go? Assessments & Program Design Book

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In his book Can You Go, Dan John outlines the simple assessment tools he uses with athletes and ordinary people. His quick, straightforward assessment method will help you identify what your clients are lacking and what they should focus on in their training.


Product Description

Training Program Assessments and Program Design for the Active Athlete and Everybody Else

by Dan John

Foreword by Chad Harbach

Training program assessments are a powerful tool that not only help coaches and trainers identify what their clients need, but also help clients realize it for themselves.

Assessments allow you to SHOW, not just tell, your clients what they lack, what they should be working on and that the things they’ve been doing in the past haven’t been working.

Assessments help get buy-in of YOU as the coach and trainer.

And when that happens, your clients will start to trust and listen to what YOU tell them, and start ignoring all the confusing fitness ideas floating around the periphery.

In his book Can You Go, Dan John lays out a straightforward Training Program Assessments method gleaned from over thirty years experience coaching and training.

Using his 1-2-3-4 Assessment, he’ll show you what your clients need to do. And with his Five Tools of Fitness and Nutrition, he’ll then show you what they need to do next.

Wondering if your client should focus more on mobility? Great, Dan will show you how to find out and design a workout program.

Wondering if your client should focus more on strength? Great, Dan will show you how to find that out, too.

Wondering if your client should focus more on improving body composition? Yep, he’s got that covered.

Whether you train competitive athletes trying to break into a higher level in the sport they play…

Or average Joes and Janes who just want to look better, feel better and enjoy their favorite activities for as long as possible…

…Dan will give you the assessments you need to create the right programs for them.

You’ll never be left confused about how you should train your clients and most importantly, you’ll be able to help your clients cut through all the confusion and realize for themselves how they should be training.

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If you’re looking for a straightforward method of assessing clients from all walks of life—from the beginner just looking to lose weight to the competitive athlete—check out Dan John’s book, Can You Go.

Inside you’ll learn how Dan John Workout Programming helps his clients realize what they REALLY need in their training. You’ll be able to easily figure out what your clients need right now and what they should be doing next to move them toward their fitness and performance goals as quickly as possible.

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Chapter List


Foreword: Chad Harbach

Chapter 1: Assessing the Question, What Do YOU Want?

Chapter 2: Constant Assessment

Chapter 3: The 1-2-3-4 Assessment

Chapter 4: Grade the Mirror: Assessing the Program

Chapter 5: The General Application of the 1-2-3-4 Assessment

Chapter 6: The Five Tools

Chapter 7: The Fifth Tool…For Most of Us

Chapter 8: Enough is Enough and The Goldilock’s Effect

Chapter 9: Coaching 101

Chapter 10: The Coach’s Ten Commandments for Keeping the Goal the Goal

Chapter 11: The Big Picture of Training Systems

Chapter 12: In Conclusion

Appendix 1: Suggestions for Further Reading and Review

Appendix 2: Programming for Everybody Else (Ones through Sevens), and the Active Athlete

Appendix 3: Classic Conditioning in X Moves: A Monthly Training Program in Ten Movements

Appendix 4: The Basic Weekly Training Template: Basic Training for the Seasoned Trainee

Appendix 5: Hypertrophy and Mobility Complex

Appendix 6: Climb Every Mountain!: Six Weeks of Prep for the Tallest Mountain on a Continent

Appendix 7: Training the College Thrower



Can You Go Index Pages

Chapter One book excerpt

Who Benefits?

Trainers and strength coaches to learn Dan John’s workout programming ideas

7 reviews for Dan John Can You Go? Assessments & Program Design Book

  1. 5 out of 5


    Dan John’s ‘Can You Go’ is a must read for trainers, athletes and just about anyone trying to get into shape. Whether giving a client an assessment, assessing yourself, or developing your own training techniques this book will educate and invigorate you for the process. Though there is plenty of science, referenced research, even Venn Diagrams, it is an easy read full of laugh out loud quips, humorous anecdotes, and personal experiences that give the material a playful richness you would never expect.

    If you have read anything else by Dan or watched his videos you will recognize his signature verve, his unique ability to convey information in a way that is accessible and enjoyable.

  2. 5 out of 5


    As a trainer and coach, I have had the opportunity to take numerous courses,certifications etc. But I find I always come back to Dan John..Why? because he has the unique knack of making what people need to do simple…..not necessarily easy.. he cuts through the crap! This book is highly entertaining, and good solid lessons in there. BUY IT! and BTW the major reason I listen to him? Something I heard him say…”If you don’t have a list of your ten favourite books of all time by the time you are thirty..something is wrong..”

  3. 5 out of 5


    As both a coach and a coach educator I can safely say that this book covers most of what the client/athlete needs and what the coach needs to do. Excellent resource.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Dan has a knack for cutting through the clutter and reminding the reader what is important when it comes to their health and fitness. A must read for every training professional.

  5. 5 out of 5


    I listen to this audio book when I find that I’ve strayed too far into the theory and the academics of strength and fitness. This is the back to reality path for me. In it he helps his reader/listener clear cut down to what really matters: where are you now, what is needed, and how much is enough? Note that I’m not in the fitness industry and would not really even call myself an athlete. I just aspire to keep this 40-something-ish body strong and pliable enough to still be pushing, pulling, and lifting heavy things for another few decades. Dan’s spirit motivates me to stay the course.

  6. 5 out of 5


    A wonderful book on fitness. Full of simple important but often neglected notions. If it is important do it every day. Which reminds me, I have to read the book again.

  7. 5 out of 5


    An excellent resource for coaches, trainers and fitness enthusiasts. This can be the one book to answer 99% of your training questions. Dan John’s writing is fun to read and brilliant in its simplicity.

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The print book is 6×9, 256 pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-1931046749

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