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13/09/2019: Book Review: Nile Wilson- Raising the Bar

Nile Wilson: Raising the Bar
How Gymnastics can Change your Life

I first heard about Nile Wilson at the 2016 Olympics, where he won a bronze medal. I eventually stumbled onto his YouTube channel and even tried his training programmes from BodyBible. When I saw his book, I thought it would be interesting to read, I would find out more about the Olympian and as his videos are interesting thought it would be worth a read.

When I saw the book, it was exactly how I thought it would be, the cover shows him at a competition and the blurb showed his positivity and passion for gymnastics that has always been apparent.

The first half of the book is him explaining how gymnastics has impacted him and changed his life, how it has affected his behaviour and mindset and what he feels he has learnt from it.

He also explains how he feels gymnastics and the positive mindset it needs can help everyone in their day to day lives, whether they are athletes or not. All things he has put online before and explained in interviews, but it was interesting reading it as it was slightly more in depth than I have previously seen from him.

The second half of the book is a 21-day challenge, that is meant to teach you how to do a handstand by the end of the challenge. The weeks are explained clearly, the exercises are shown well and overall the layout of the challenge works well.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, however, I was surprised how little of it was about his gymnastics career and his life. Most of the book is taken up by the 21-day challenge, which made it a very short read.

If getting into gymnastics or learning how to do a handstand is something you would benefit from then the book is worthwhile. However, if you are looking to learn about Nile Wilson specifically, you may be better off watching his YouTube channel.

Reviewed by Chloe Banham on behalf of For the Love of Books

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