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The best strength and conditioning resources to help you see gains

The best strength and conditioning resources to help you see gains

Whether you are an athlete or amateur lifter trying to build muscle and transform your body or a strength and conditioning coach trying to further your career, we have the best strength and conditioning titles to help you achieve your goals. Further your training with the help of one of our top strength and conditioning books of 2022.

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The number one strength training resource

Strength Training Anatomy, Fourth Edition  - The fourth edition of Strength Training Anatomy offers the most compelling artwork ever applied to a strength training resource. Packed with over 700 anatomical illustrations of muscles from each major muscle group, this edition features over 60 additional pages and 231 exercises.

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Proven programs and exercises to improve young athletes’ performance

Training and Conditioning Young Athletes  - Training and Conditioning Young Athletes, Second Edition, is the authoritative guide for maximizing athletic development through proven programming and more than 200 of the most effective exercises to increase strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, and endurance.

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Design resistance training programs for soccer athletes

Strength Training for Soccer  - Strength Training for Soccer will help you create a soccer-specific resistance training program to help athletes at each position—goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards—develop strength and power that will prepare them for the demands of a game.

Strength Zone Training

Maximize strength through the true full range of motion

Strength Zone Training - Strength Zone Training redefines full range of motion training. Its workout programs eliminate redundant exercises you don’t need and include the missing exercises you need to do to maximize strength. It is a blueprint for building muscle with a purpose.

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Increase lower body size, strength, and power

Lower Body Training  - Get the help you need to achieve a strong lower body with Lower Body Training . Offering a comprehensive guide, Lower Body Training contains the most up-to-date, scientifically proven strategies for increasing lower body size, strength, and power.

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Proven exercises to strengthen the body and prevent sport injuries

Sport Injury Prevention Anatomy  - Sport Injury Prevention Anatomy provides an in-depth look at common athletic injuries and the best exercises and training protocols to reduce their occurrence. With the latest research, expert analysis, detailed anatomical illustrations, and programming advice, it is the definitive guide for understanding and preventing sport injuries.

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The most comprehensive personal training resource available

NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training  - NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Third Edition, is the definitive resource for personal trainers, health and fitness instructors, and other fitness professionals. It is also the primary preparation source for those taking the NSCA-CPT exam.

The M.A.X. Muscle Plan 2.0

Understand the science of building muscle

The M.A.X. Muscle Plan, 2.0, Second Edition - Leading fitness expert Brad Schoenfeld shows how to complete a total-body transformation with six months of targeted, periodized routines. The M.A.X. Muscle Plan 2.0 presents scientifically proven plans to help you increase lean body mass, build muscle, and achieve your best body ever.

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The definitive resource for developing speed

The Anatomy of Speed  - In The Anatomy of Speed renowned expert Bill Parisi breaks down the various components of speed development, delving deep into the physiological mechanisms of speed and offering guidance for effective training and program design.

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Train to improve functional performance in sport and everyday life

Functional Training Anatomy  - Functional Training Anatomy covers all aspects of how to build a purposeful, effective, and efficient training program that develops the power, strength, stability, and functional mobility needed to support the body’s demands in athletic performance and daily living.

High-Performance Training for Sports

Develop the complete athlete with a total-training guide

High-Performance Training for Sports -  High-Performance Training for Sports, Second Edition, presents effective athlete conditioning protocols and programs from the most respected international strength and conditioning specialists and sport physiotherapists.


NSCA's Essentials of Sport Science

Understand the role of the sport scientist

NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science -  NSCA’s Essentials of Sport Science provides the most contemporary and comprehensive overview of the field of sport science and the role of the sport scientist. It is a primary preparation resource for the Certified Performance and Sport Scientist (CPSS) certification exam.

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Proven periodization programs for 30 sports

Periodization of Strength Training for Sports -  Periodization of Strength Training for Sports demonstrates how to use periodized workouts to peak at optimal times by manipulating strength training variables through six training phases—anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to specific strength, maintenance, and peaking.

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New Books on Better Workouts That Include Brain as Well as Body

Trick your brain into a better workout with books focusing on mind-body connection.

Many new fitness books look at ways for the body to address anxiety and depression as a mental-health crisis emerged alongside the pandemic.

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That is one taste of the unconventional advice in the year’s new fitness books, which zero in on the brain’s role in exercise and ways that movement can improve cognitive function and mental health. Several books explore not only how movement affects the brain, but also how the brain affects movement, offering ideas about mindfulness during workouts or tricks to short-circuit the brain’s barriers to exercise. (The Gatorade swish, one book theorizes, misleads the brain into thinking the system is getting a jolt of energy from a sugary beverage, even if it isn’t.)

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The 6 Best Fitness Books for Beginners

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Starting to exercise after a long break, or maybe for the first time ever, is one of the best ways to immediately improve your well-being. Need proof? Fidelity Investments asked 9,000 people to tell them how different life events impacted them over the last year, and found that beginning to exercise regularly had the second greatest positive impact on their well-being, behind paying off their debt.


And you know all about the other benefits that come with hitting the gym : It boosts your mood, improves longevity and heart health, reduces your risk of chronic diseases, and helps with weight management.

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But signing up for a gym membership is only the beginning of this challenging (and exciting) journey. Next, it's up to you to decide how to move forward. Do you want to learn how to weight train? Are you more comfortable working out from home? Will you focus on burning fat or gaining muscle?

To make things easier, we asked a few top trainers to recommend their favorite fitness books for beginners. Whatever your goals are, you'll find the information you need to get lean, shredded or simply happier in the pages of one of these books.

1. "Cross-Training for Dummies," by Tony Ryan and Martica Heaner

Beverly Hills-based trainer and author of " G-Force : The Ultimate Guide to Your Best Body Ever," Gunnar Peterson has sculpted some of the most memorable bodies in professional sports and Hollywood, including Jennifer Lopez, Sylvester Stallone and the Kardashians.

As a coach who emphasizes functional strength training, Peterson tells LIVESTRONG.COM that one of his favorite fitness books is " Cross-Training for Dummies " by Tony Ryan and Martica Heaner.

Cross-training involves incorporating a variety of exercises into your fitness program to balance your body, whether that means pairing cycling with pilates, running with yoga or weight-lifting with Tai Chi. With "Cross-Training for Dummies," you can assess your fitness level to avoid plateaus, set personalized goals and learn how to integrate new workouts into your routine.

Read more: Gunnar Peterson's 8 Ways to Dominate Your New Year's Fitness Goals

2. "Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance," by Kelly Starrett

Trainer to massive stars like Ryan Gosling, Mandy Moore and Christina Aguilera, Ashley Borden recommends that beginners check out " Becoming a Supple Leopard ," by Dr. Kelly Starrett.

With hundreds of photos that demonstrate exactly how to perform popular exercises and correct common errors, Dr. Starrett's book teaches you how to improve your mobility, reduce muscle pain and boost recovery all while protecting your joints and spine.

"I love Supple Leopard for how to troubleshoot your own body with mobility and deep muscle release with step by step how-tos," Borden, who herself co-authored a book titled " Your Perfect Fit ," tells LIVESTRONG.COM.

3. "Lift to Get Lean," by Holly Perkins

The secret's out: Strength-training doesn't make women bulky, it helps them tone their bodies, sculpt curves and torch calories. In " Lift to Get Lean ," certified strength and conditioning specialist Holly Perkins offers four 90-day training programs that wll tone your arms and legs and build sexy curves.

"Strength training is absolutely critical for optimal health, and I wrote this book for women to feel confident and empowered in the gym," Perkins tells LIVESTRONG.COM.

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4. "Strong: Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat," by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove

If scrolling through dozens of videos on Instagram to find a strength-training routine isn't for you, check out " Strong : Nine Workout Programs for Women to Burn Fat" by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove.

"Schuler and Cosgrove are the sanest, most balanced voices in the field," Los Angeles-based fitness coach and co-author of " The Exercise Cure : A Doctor's All-Natural, No-Pill Prescription for Better Health and Longer Life" Andrew Heffernan tells LIVESTRONG.COM.

"Schuler has written dozens of fitness books and has a humorous, easy style that's completely disarming. Cosgrove, who runs one of the most successful gyms in the world in Santa Clarita, CA, writes programming that is solid — challenging and effective, but not all-consuming."

In "Strong," Schuler and Cosgrove present research in an accessible style and detail over 100 exercises. "The sections on eating are equally sane and balanced," Heffernan says. "In a sea of image-focused, celebrity-driven fitness information, their work stands out."

5. "Bigger Leaner Stronger," by Michael Matthews

This best-selling book is a guide for men of any age on how to build muscle and shed fat without spending hours at the gym or going on a crash diet. In " Bigger Leaner Stronger ," Michael Matthews, creator of Muscle for Life , takes a scientific approach toward muscle gain, debunking myths about fitness and advocating for heavy lifting and flexible dieting. Its companion, " Thinner Leaner Stronger ," is a guide for women on how to sculpt lean muscle and lose fat without feeling exhausted or deprived.

6. "The 4-Hour Body," by Timothy Ferriss

If you have a passion for efficiency that translates into everything from the way you sleep to the way you work out, " The 4-Hour Body " might be the book for you. New York Times bestselling author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" Timothy Ferriss used himself as a guinea pig to find the best ways to get immediate results. Though Ferriss' approach may not be for everyone, especially if you're just getting started, it's a thought-provoking read on how a few small changes can produce big results.

Ready to become a fitness expert? It's time to grab a beverage, take a seat and immerse yourself in these reads. We hope you enjoy!

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The 10 Best Weightlifting Books

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Alena Hall is a writer specializing in health, wellness, and fitness. Alena worked as a fitness trainer for two years. She also has experience in private yoga training.

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall for Men: " Bigger Leaner Stronger "

"With practical information and motivation, this book aspires to live up to its title, giving you the know-how to become bigger, leaner, and stronger."

Best Overall for Women: " Lift Like a Girl "

"This book provides a refreshing and empowering mindset for women interested in exercise, nutrition, and a healthier body image."

Best for Bodyweight Workouts: " Overcoming Gravity "

"Learn how to use your body weight to get all of the gains you want with this comprehensive guide with workout routines."

Best for Beginners: " Bodybuilding for Beginners "

"This book has information on exercises that target every major muscle group and other essentials that you need to get started."

Best Advanced: " Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy "

"Considered as one of the most comprehensive resources, this book walks you through how to design effective training programs."

Best for Competitive Weightlifting: " 10/20/Life "

"Learn what you need to fuel your body for optimal lifting performance, how to gain a mental edge over your competition and more."

Best With Workout Plan: " FULL POWER Powerlifting Program "

"This clear-cut 16-week workout plan strives to increase your maximum strength and is good for both adults and teens."

Best for Workout Methodology: " Practical Programming for Strength Training "

"Understand how your weightlifting routine affects your body and what you can do to lift weights effectively."

Best for Seniors: " Stay Fit for Life "

"Learn how to maintain your mobility and strength as you age with workouts designed to target specific goals and fitness levels."

Best Cookbook for Weightlifters: " The Bodybuilder's Kitchen "

"Nurture your body between workouts with this cookbook that provides healthy and delicious meal options that keep your body fueled."

Lifting weights is one of the best exercise training methods for building and maintaining muscle , which is key for getting stronger, boosting metabolism, reducing fat accumulation, and improving health. Lifting weights can also help prevent diabetes, improve cardiovascular health, and improve bone development which is especially important as you get older. It can also reduce lower back pain and alleviate discomfort associated with fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Reading a detailed book by a trusted author can help anyone learn how weightlifting impacts the human body and why, how to perform the most effective weightlifting exercises correctly and safely, how to progress your training regimen based on your specific goals, how to support those goals with other lifestyle factors like nutrition, and more. When reviewing weightlifting books for our list, we considered the authors credentials and expertise, the niche and training style the book supports, and the duration and depth of the training plans.

We also had a registered dietitian nutritionist from our Review Board review this article for accuracy surrounding what to look for in weightlifting books, their benefits, and whether they can take the place of personal trainers.

Here, the best weightlifting books on the market, whether you're a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between.

  • What to Look For

Best Overall for Men

Bigger leaner stronger: the simple science of building the ultimate male body.

Our best overall pick, "Bigger Leaner Stronger", is practical, easy to read, and motivating to put into practice. International bestseller Michael Matthews does an excellent job of combing through both legitimate research and trendy fitness myths to provide you with the weightlifting and nutrition know-how you need to become—you guessed it—bigger, leaner, and stronger.

Rave reviews abound for this book, sharing how it helped thousands of readers transform their lives and feel empowered to adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Price at time of publication: $40

Best Overall for Women

Lift like a girl: be more, not less.

So much of the female fitness industry focuses on shrinking in size and remedying “problem areas,” breaking women down and burning them out more than building them up. Nia Shanks does the exact opposite, providing a refreshing and empowering mindset for women interested in exercise, nutrition, and a healthier body image .

Other fitness professionals tout her workout programs as reasonable, sustainable, and highly effective. She is an evidence-based practitioner who takes a no-nonsense approach to health while also being your biggest coach and advocate along your fitness journey.

Price at time of publication: $18

Best for Bodyweight Workouts

Overcoming gravity: a systematic approach to gymnastics and bodyweight strength.

Not all weightlifting requires serious amounts of heavy gym equipment. In fact, one of the best tools you always have at your disposal is your own body, and this book from Steven Low shows you exactly how to use it to get all the gains you want. The comprehensive guide helps walk you through the process of creating smart, strength-oriented bodyweight workout routines. This can be especially useful to people who want to save some extra money by avoiding gym memberships and gym equipment.

It includes everything from health and injury management information to factors that contribute to a successful routine to actual program implementation. It also makes it easy to navigate from beginner to immediate to advanced plans.

Price at time of publication: $50

Best for Beginners

Bodybuilding for beginners: a 12-week program to build muscle and burn fat.

If you’re just getting started with a weightlifting practice , it’s all too easy to let feelings of intimidation get the best of you. So, start where you are with Kyle Hunt and his book. Even if you’ve never set foot in a gym before, you can start gaining serious muscle mass in no time.

This book equips you with essential bodybuilding information, detailed explanations of 55 powerful exercises that target every major muscle group in your body, and more. And if you’re really just looking for the “tell me what to do” guide, Hunt gives you 84 days' worth of unique bodybuilding routines to keep you pushing toward your goal.

Price at time of publication: $17

Best Advanced

Science and development of muscle hypertrophy.

Even the weightlifting aficionado can stand to learn a thing or two about their favorite training style. Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert on muscle hypertrophy , and his book is considered one of the most comprehensive resources on the subject in the world.

Strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers , sports scientists, researchers, and exercise science instructors swear by this book, which walks you through how the body changes structurally and hormonally when exposed to stress, how to design the most effective training programs, and nutritional guidelines for optimal muscle growth.

Price at time of publication: $69

Best for Competitive Weightlifting

10/20/life second edition: the professional's guide to building strength has gotten even bigger and better.

Ready to take your weightlifting career to the next level? Consider this philosophy from Brian Carroll, a world-class powerlifter with more than two decades of elite lifting under his belt. His book suggests that training methodically for 10 and 20 weeks at a time is critical for a lifetime of positive momentum—both in and outside of the gym.

He delves deeply into what is required to gain a mental edge over your competition, how to fuel your body for optimal lifting performance , the best ways to design your combination days, and more. If you prefer simple and straightforward communications, this no-frills book is worth perusing.

Price at time of publication: $30

Best With Workout Plan

Full power powerlifting program.

If you’re looking for a weightlifting book that’s keenly focused on providing you with a clear-cut workout plan , consider this option from competitive powerlifter and former personal trainer Ryan J. Mathias. He guarantees that you can increase your maximum strength with his 16-week program that prioritizes squats, bench presses, and deadlifts.

Even better, the program is suitable for both men and women, and even teens can use it safely. Mathias and his team personally use the program to prep for their powerlifting meets—proof that it really does work when put into practice!

Price at time of publication: $15

Best for Exercise Methodology

Practical programming for strength training.

In order to lift weights effectively, you must understand how your body works, why certain training protocols produce certain results, and how to use those factors to your advantage to earn the results you want. This book, the most comprehensive book on the theory and practice of programming for strength training , helps you do just that.

The authors provide an analysis of the human body’s response to exercise as it moves through a varied training history. Employing human physiology, sports psychology, and common sense, it’s a must-read if you really want to understand how your weightlifting routine is working within your body.

Price at time of publication: $25

Best for Seniors

Stay fit for life: more than 60 exercises to restore your strength and future-proof your body.

Aging doesn’t have to keep you from an active, healthy lifestyle. This book from Joshua Kozak reveals the many ways you can use functional training principles to not only lift weights but also to maintain your mobility and strength for years to come.

It includes more than 60 compound exercises with step-by-step instructions, 20 prescriptive workout routines designed to target specific goals, and three four-week fitness programs designed to match every fitness level. It even includes modifications for every exercise to make it easier or more challenging depending on your needs.

Price at time of publication: $20

Best Cookbook for Weightlifters

The bodybuilder's kitchen.

You can’t just build muscle in the gym—you have to nurture it in the kitchen as well. This cookbook from Erin Stern will help ensure that you never run out of healthy, delicious, and artfully-planned meal options to keep your body fueled and ready for your next weightlifting session.

What’s more, the book helps you craft customized bodybuilding meal plans that will support the specific goals you’re working to achieve by providing specific nutrients at precise time intervals. The best part? Readers say that the recipes are easy to follow, quick to cook, and never boring to eat.

What to Look for in a Weightlifting Book

Weightlifting is about motivation and dedication. You should look for a book that will work alongside your brain, not against it. Think about how you would approach weightlifting. Some people want to push themselves as hard as possible, while others prefer to build confidence and take things more slowly. Certain training regimes are more intense than others.

Also, some books are very analytical and informative, while others just tell you what you need to do. Find a book with the right approach for you by looking at the intensity of the workouts and the language the book uses. If you're still unsure about the best approach for you, consult with a personal trainer or exercise specialist.

Most weightlifting books have a niche: age group, sex, experience level, and so on. Think about whether you would prefer a generalized training program, or maybe one more suited to you. A book that caters to a certain population will have different workouts and explanations than one for a general audience, providing a better and more personalized experience.

Your body requires nutrients to function properly, and many weightlifting books include recipes. Depending on your dietary restrictions and preferences, most of these recipes can be modified to suit your needs.

Think about whether you would like to try a new diet or some supplementary nutrition. If so, you may want to seek out a book with recipes. There are even books completely dedicated to recipes, intended to help support your body for a better weightlifting experience.

If you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, or diabetes, or if you need detailed nutrition advice, a personal trainer may not be your best bet. Seek a registered dietitian (look for the RD or RDN credential next to their name). Nutrition is complex and is not within the scope of practice of most personal trainers, even those with certain nutrition certifications.

There is a large variety in weightlifting regimes. Some are repetitive, and others are more diversified. Some programs are intended to last only a few weeks, while others are lifelong practices. What type of training are you looking for? You might want a program with a definite end date. Or, you might prefer advice on developing a routine that you will use every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Weightlifting books can help you study the details of weightlifting, including proper form, safety, and how weightlifting affects your body. A book might help you mix up your strength training workouts for more variety or learn what it would take to reach a new goal.

Weightlifting books are generalized and cannot take the place of a personal trainer. But they can help supplement what you learn from a trainer.

Proper form and safety is standard. Advice, however, is about what works for you. You will only know by trying. With experience, you will learn what motivates you and how best to progress.

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100 Best Exercise Books of All Time

We've researched and ranked the best exercise books in the world, based on recommendations from world experts, sales data, and millions of reader ratings. Learn more

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A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

Phil Knight | 5.00

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Bill Gates This memoir, by the co-founder of Nike, is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like: messy, precarious, and riddled with mistakes. I’ve met Knight a few times over the years. He’s super nice, but he’s also quiet and difficult to get to know. Here Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do. I don’t think Knight sets out to teach the reader... (Source)

Warren Buffett The best book I read last year. Phil is... a gifted storyteller. (Source)

Andre Agassi I've known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn't really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I've worn the gear with pride, but I didn't realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary - this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all... (Source)

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Born to Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Christopher McDougall | 4.94

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Ed Stafford An honour to be asked to do an impromptu little talk tonight after #christophermcdougall. Great to see the big man in the flesh in the UK. #BornToRun was a book that definitely changed the path of my life. #legend @vivobarefoot #barefootrunning https://t.co/3QgVKZ0OQ4 (Source)

Turia Pitt If [people are] interested in running, I give them [this book]. (Source)

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Starting Strength

Basic Barbell Training

Mark Rippetoe | 4.77

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The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

John Tatey John J. Ratey | 4.75

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The 4-Hour Body

An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

Timothy Ferriss | 4.58

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Jon Favreau I’ve given [this book] to people. (Source)

Bryan Callen I probably have recommended The Art of Learning and The 4-Hour Body, I'm not kidding, more than any other books. (Source)

Marin Gerov Talking of Tim Ferriss, his series (The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef) have been extremely good resources for improving work, health, and learning. (Source)

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Becoming a Supple Leopard

Kelly Starrett | 4.57

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Bigger Leaner Stronger

The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

Michael Matthews | 4.56

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The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises

Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!

Adam Campbell and Editors of Women's Health Maga | 4.56

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Strength Training Anatomy

Frederic Delavier | 4.55

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Convict Conditioning

How to Bust Free of All Weakness Using the lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength

Paul Wade | 4.46

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You Are Your Own Gym

The Bible Of Bodyweight Exercises For Men And Women

Mark Lauren, Joshua Clark | 4.44

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami | 4.43

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Brian Koppelman The single best distillation of the kind of focus, commitment, and sense of mission it takes to become a great artist. (Source)

Anant Jain On the non-business side of things, “What I Talk about When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami is my recent favorite. I’m a long distance runner and I was extremely delighted to find out that one of the top fiction writers in the world draws a huge chunk of his inspiration from long distance running. In this book, Murakami beautifully connects running to writing, which are two skills close... (Source)

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The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can

Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer

Gretchen Reynolds | 4.42

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Dr. Martin Gibala Provided a really good example or set a bar for us in terms of trying to structure 'The One Minute Workout.' (Source)

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Practical Programming for Strength Training

Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore | 4.39

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The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised

Arnold Schwarzenegger | 4.38

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Body by Science

A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week

John Little | 4.35

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb I feel guilty for not having posted a review earlier: I owe a lot to this book. I figured out the value of intensity training and maximizing recovery. I use the ideas but with minor modifications (my own personal workout is entirely based on free weights and barbells, but I incur --and accept --a risk of injury). I have been applying the ideas for more than three years. Just get over the... (Source)

Rob Leathern @MikeIsaac Get this book. 12 mins a week... love it; it’s not the end-all but I’ve found these approaches better than regular gym https://t.co/s8KRF8luKs (Source)

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From Head to Toe Padded Board Book

Eric Carle | 4.35

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The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength

Jim Wendle | 4.34

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Mark Bell Did a great job of presenting a condensed, simplified, but effective method for getting stronger. (Source)

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The Primal Blueprint

Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy

Mark Sisson | 4.34

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Gary Taubes Mark Sisson has got 10 basic ideas, including everything from avoiding the poisons in your diet to getting enough sunlight and play. (Source)

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Eat and Run

My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

Scott Jurek | 4.32

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Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy

Bret Contreras | 4.31

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Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda | 4.30

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Steve Jobs One book in particular stayed with Jobs his entire life, and Isaacson noted that it was the only book Jobs had downloaded on his iPad 2: “Autobiography of a Yogi,” “the guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager,” Isaacson writes, “then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since.” (Source)

Marc Benioff If you haven't read it, and if you want to understand Steve Jobs, it's a goood idea to dip into [this book]. (Source)

Dominic Steil [One of the books that had the biggest impact on .] (Source)

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Ultramarathon Man

Confessions of an All-Night Runner

Dean Karnazes | 4.29

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Bob Anderson | 4.29

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Thinner Leaner Stronger

The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body

Michael Matthews | 4.27

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The New Rules of Lifting for Women

Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe, Alwyn Cosgrove | 4.27

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Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Alex Hutchinson, Malcolm Gladwell | 4.24

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Malcolm Gladwell This book is AMAZING! (Source)

Bear Grylls If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson’s Endure. (Source)

Adam Grant Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits. (Source)

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The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises

Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!

Adam Campbell and Editors of Men's Health Magazi | 4.24

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Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise

Alex Hutchinson | 4.23

Dr. Martin Gibala I think there’s a gift there in terms of boiling this complex science down into compelling narratives that people can read and understand. (Source)

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Body For Life

12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength

Bill Phillips, Michael D'Orso | 4.23

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Kettlebell Simple & Sinister

Revised and Updated Edition

Pavel Tsatsouline | 4.22

This is Kettlebell Simple & Sinister: Revised & Updated Edition or simply S&S 2.0.

Learn how to use the extreme hand-held gym from the man who started the kettlebell revolution.

Simple & Sinister will physically prepare you for almost...

Simple & Sinister will physically prepare you for almost anything life could throw at you, from carrying a piano upstairs or holding your own in a street fight. Simple & Sinister will forge a fighter's physique because the form must follow the function. - Simple & Sinister will give you the strength, the stamina, and the suppleness to play any sport recreationally and play it well. - If you are a serious athlete, Simple & Sinister will serve as a perfect foundation for your sport-specific training. - If you are a serious lifter, Simple & Sinister will build your strength, rather than interfere with it.

Simple & Sinister will achieve all of the above while leaving you plenty of time and energy to do your duty, your job, practice your sport, and have a life.

Russian kettlebell power to you!

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Drop Dead Healthy

One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

A. J. Jacobs | 4.21

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Living with a SEAL

31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

Jesse Itzler | 4.19

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Marc Andreessen What's it like to train with a Navy SEAL in winter in New York for a whole month? Featuring the truly remarkable American hero David Goggins. (Source)

Cory Booker If you are a workout guy, it reminds you of things you already know. That you can push your body and yourself far further than you think. (Source)

Chris Goward In the non-business category recently, I found Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler to be both entertaining and inspiring. It summarizes a month he spent with the former Navy Seal, David Goggins, living in his home. (Source)

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100 No-Equipment Workouts Vol. 1

Fitness Routines You Can Do Anywhere, Any Time

Neila Rey | 4.18

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The Champion's Mind

How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

Jim Afremow, Jim Craig | 4.18

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Bill Cole He talks about greatness, and how to learn it from other people: to look around your sport world, the coaches and athletes at every level, Olympic, pro, national, local, and notice what you like or admire in those people. He says, if you can notice some of these elements, that must mean you have some of those elements in yourself, that you could develop. That’s a big message he sends. (Source)

Katrín Davíðsdóttir It got me focusing on giving my absolute best in any given situation without the pressure of constantly stacking myself up to others. (Source)

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Light on Yoga

B. K. S. Iyengar and Yehudi Menuhin | 4.17

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Yoga Anatomy

Your Illustrated Guide to Postures, Movements, and Breathing Techniques

Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews | 4.17

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The Paleo Solution

The Original Human Diet

Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain | 4.17

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Rick Rubin I continue to give it to friends because it really helped me know what was healthy to eat and how our bodies process different foods. (Source)

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The Simple Six

The Easy Way to Get in Shape and Stay in Shape for the Rest of your Life

Clinton Dobbins | 4.17

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The Naked Warrior

Master the Secrets of the Super-Strong - Using Bodyweight Exercises Only

Pavel Tsatsouline | 4.17

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Overcoming Gravity

A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength

Steven Low, Valentin Uzunov | 4.16

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The Pilates Body

The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body- Without Machines

Brooke Siler | 4.16

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A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer | 4.16

In ChiRunning, Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well-known walking and running coaches, provide powerful insight that transforms running from a high-injury sport to a body-friendly, injury-free fitness phenomenon. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles, an approach found in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and T'ai Chi.

ChiRunning enables you to develop a personalized exercise...

ChiRunning enables you to develop a personalized exercise program by blending running with the powerful mind-body principles of T’ai Chi:

1. Get aligned. Develop great posture and reduce your potential for injury while running, and make knee pain and shin splints a thing of the past.

2. Engage your core. Shift the workload from your leg muscles to your core muscles, for efficiency and speed.

3. Add relaxation to your running. Learn to focus your mind and relax your body to increase speed and distance.   

4. Make it a Mindful Practice. Maintain high performance and make running a mindful, enjoyable life-long practice.

5. It's easy to learn. Transform your running with the 10-step ChiRunning training program.

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Complete Calisthenics - The Ultimate Guide To Bodyweight Exercise

Ashley Kalym, Chris Frosin, Mike Seymour | 4.16

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The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II

Building Strength and Power with Free Weights and Machines

Frederic Delavier, Michael Gundill | 4.16

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Good Night Yoga

A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story

Mariam Gates | 4.16

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You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses

Taeeun Yoo | 4.15

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The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman | 4.14

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Every Body Yoga

Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

Jessamyn Stanley | 4.13

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Delavier's Stretching Anatomy

Frederic Delavier, Jean-Pierre Clemenceau, Michael Gundill | 4.13

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The Art of Learning

A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

Josh Waitzkin | 4.12

Joan Boixados Recover soon from your mistakes. (Source)

Erik Rostad For career books, I'll focus on more overarching themes. You can get books on particular skills you need for a given job, but these books will help having the right mindset for a career and how work should fit into the greater story of your life. For learning new skills: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin. (Source)

Chris Oliver The Art of Learning as well is phenomenal. You're always learning new things in programming and startups so being good at learning is a crucial skill to have. (Source)

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Breathe Like a Bear

30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere

Kira Willey and Anni Betts | 4.12

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The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training

Bret Contreras | 4.12

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Why We Get Fat

And What to Do About It

Gary Taubes | 4.11

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Dr. Monali Y. Desai I get most of my information about nutrition from medical studies. I haven’t read any books about nutrition that I agree with 100%. These are a few nutrition related books that I’ve read recently that I thought were interesting: Eat to Live (Joel Fuhrman), Why We Get Fat (Gary Taubes), and The 4-Hour Body (Tim Ferris). (Source)

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The Education of a Bodybuilder

Arnold Schwarzenegger | 4.10

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Runner's World Run Less, Run Faster

Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program

Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, et al. | 4.10

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The Strength Training Anatomy Workout

Frederic Delavier, Michael Gundill | 4.09

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Anatomy of Exercise

A Trainer's Inside Guide to Your Workout

Pat Manocchia | 4.09

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Running Like a Girl

out of 5 stars54 | 4.09

Running Like a Girl ...

Running Like a Girl tells the story of how Alexandra gets beyond the brutal part, makes running a part of her life, and reaps the rewards: not just the obvious things, like weight loss, health, and glowing skin, but self-confidence and immeasurable daily pleasure, along with a new closeness to her father—a marathon runner—and her brother, with whom she ultimately runs her first marathon.

But before that, she has to figure out the logistics of running: the intimidating questions from a young and arrogant sales assistant when she goes to buy her first running shoes, where to get decent bras for the larger bust, how not to freeze or get sunstroke, and what (and when) to eat before a run. She’s figured out what’s important (pockets) and what isn’t (appearance), and more.

For any woman who has ever run, wanted to run, tried to run, or failed to run (even if just around the block), Heminsley’s funny, warm, and motivational personal journey from nonathlete extraordinaire to someone who has completed five marathons is inspiring, entertaining, prac­tical, and fun.

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Finding Ultra

Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Rich Roll | 4.09

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Strong Curves

A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body

Bret Contreras MS CSCS, Kellie Davis | 4.09

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Convict Conditioning 2

Advanced Prison Training Tactics for Muscle Gain, Fat Loss, and Bulletproof Joints

Paul Wad | 4.09

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Ready to Run

Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally

Kelly Starrett | 4.08

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The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer

David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener, Tanjala Kole | 4.08

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An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

Gary Mack, David Casstevens, Alex Rodriguez | 4.08

Drawing on his work with some of the top teams in professional sports, noted sport psychology consultant Gary Mack shares with you the same techniques and exercises he uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." These 40 accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes will help you gain the "head edge" over the competition.

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Michael Gervais One of the books I often give away is Mind Gym by Gary Mack. It’s a very mechanical, easy, lots-of-white-space-on-the-page book. And it’s one of my favourites, a very applied synopsis of mental skills from a sport and performance psychology standpoint. (Source)

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sri Swami Satchidananda | 4.08

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The Heart of Yoga

Developing a Personal Practice

T. K. V. Desikachar | 4.07

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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance

Jeff S. Volek and Stephen D. Phinney | 4.07

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Daniel's Running Formula

Jack Tupper Daniels | 4.07

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Lore of Running

Timothy Noakes | 4.06

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Inner Engineering

A Yogi's Guide to Joy

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev | 4.06

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The Oxygen Advantage

Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques to Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter

Patrick McKeown | 4.04

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David Allen I had no idea how critical it is to do nasal breathing instead of mouth breathing. It is amazing stuff. (Source)

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Enter the Kettlebell!

Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen

Pavel Tsatsouline | 4.04

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The Yamas Niyamas

Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice

Deborah Adele | 4.04

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Intervention, Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer

Dan John, Thomas Plummer | 4.04

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The Roll Model

A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body

Jill Miller, Kelly Starrett | 4.04

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Stretching to Stay Young

Simple Workouts to Keep You Flexible, Energized, and Pain Free

Jessica Matthews | 4.03

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Beyond Training

Mastering Endurance, Health Life

Ben Greenfield | 4.03

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A Revolutionary Method For Stopping Chronic Pain

Pete Egoscue | 4.03

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Ten Golden Exercises

(As chosen by a 20 year Physical Therapist)

Daniel Philpot | 4.02

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The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

A Myth-Busting Fitness Plan for Men and Women Who Want a Strong Core and a Pain- Free Back

Lou Schuler, Alwyn Cosgrove | 4.02

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The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi | 4.02

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Ryan Holiday Widely held as a classic, this book is much more than a manifesto and manual on swordsmanship and martial arts. It’s about the mindset, the discipline, and the perception necessary to win in life or death situations. As a swordsman, Musashi fought mostly by himself, for himself. His wisdom, therefore, is mostly internal. He tells you how to out-think and out-move your enemies. He tells you how to... (Source)

Zach Even Esh Love this book & should have re-read long ago. . It only takes a page or 2 to change your life IF YOU FOLLOW THROUGH. . #musashi #samurai #undergroundstrengthgym #undergroundstrengthcoach #undergroundstrengthbook… https://t.co/zL8zxUwCJG (Source)

Stephane Grand I do not believe there are business and non-business books. Business is life, you do business like the man or woman you excavate from the person you are told you are. Hence, the most potent business books are not about business, in my opinion. What makes a great business book is that it is a book that helps you find a better version of yourself. Therefore, I would say that my favorite business... (Source)

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Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes

Shalane Flanagan | 4.02

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Let Your Mind Run

A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton | 4.02

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Spunky Little Monkey

Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Brian Won | 4.02

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The Ultimate Mind & Body Challenge

Tim S. Grover | 4.01

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Ryan Switzer Never forget my FR year at Carolina, @CoachFedora handed me the book “Relentless” by Tim Grover. Inside look on the mindset that drove Dwade, MJ, KOBE. Gave me an idea of what it was going to take to live my dream. Relentless became my favorite word. My passion. My everything. (Source)

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Discipline Equals Freedom

Field Manual

Jocko Willink | 4.01

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Timothy Ferriss Trust me, it’s fantastic. (Source)

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Encyclopedia of Exercise Anatomy

Hollis Liebman | 4.01

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Listening to My Body

Gabi Garcia | 4.01

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Yoga for Everyone

50 Poses for Every Type of Body

Dianne Bondy | 4.01

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A Life Without Limits

A World Champion's Journey

Chrissie Wellington | 4.01

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Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging

Ben Greenfield | 4.01

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Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds | 4.01

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Doreen Cronin, Scott Menchin | 4.01

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Real Food for Pregnancy

Lily Nichols | 4.00

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The RBG Workout

A Supremely Good Exercise Program

Bryant Johnson | 4.00

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Train Like a Mother

How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity

Sarah Bowen Shea, Dimity McDowell | 4.00

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Tactical Barbell II


K. Blac | 4.00

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The New Rules of Lifting

Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle

Lou Schuler, Alwyn Cosgrove | 4.00

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The Wahls Protocol

A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles

Terry Wahls M.D. | 4.00

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13 Best Stretching Books You Should Read

Stretching books for beginners, secrets of stretching the ultimate book about stretching and flexibility, best stretching book for flexibility, best stretching book for lower back pain, best stretching books for yoga, best stretching books for runners, best stretching books for seniors/older adults, how to choose the right stretching book, faqs on stretching.

Knowledge is power, and by learning the most updated and accurate facts about stretching techniques and exercises , you will ensure the best possible results from your stretching routine .

Here you can see the best stretching books for:

  • flexibility
  • lower back pain/sciatica
  • older adults and seniors

best stretching books

Stretching for Beginners: Improve Flexibility and Relieve Aches and Pains

This book is great for beginners because it contains easy-to-follow stretching guides adapted for people without any experience with stretching exercises.

You will learn how to practice stretching exercises in a safe way , as well as how to breathe properly during stretching exercises.

Containing 75 basic stretching exercises and 25 stretching routines, this book will help you start your first stretching session even today!

Here is the example of one page.

stretching book for beginners

Neck stretching exercises

  • Step-by-step Stretching Guides 
  • Most Hidden Facts on Stretching and Flexibility
  • Advanced Stretching Techniques For Athletes
  • Stretching for Better Posture
  • Stretching Routine for Upper & Lower Body
  • Science And Stretching 
  • Most Common Questions About Stretching Answered by Physiotherapists

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Stretching from A to Z .

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Secrets Of Stretching: The Ultimate Book About Stretching And Flexibility

The stretching book for beginners: simple stretching exercises for men and women.

Here is another book I find useful when you don’t have previous experience with stretching training.

You will learn more about how flexibility can help you improve your body function and avoid injuries. This book is created by physical therapist Chris Rawson, so you can expect to learn from true experts in this field.

What’s inside this book:

  • 100 step-by-step stretching exercises
  • GIFs for every stretch
  • Stretching exercises for common muscle and joint injuries
  • How to use a foam roller

Better Stretching: 9 Minutes a Day to Greater Flexibility

Joe Yoon, the creator of Better Stretching, will give you the perfect formula for improving your flexibility and mobility in only 9 minutes of stretching per day.

This book includes more than 100 pictures of stretching exercises, as well as three 30-day stretching programs.

As Joe says, this book will help both beginners and advanced athletes, in improving flexibility and enhancing sports performance. Besides stretching exercises, you will learn also self-massage techniques that will relieve tension in your muscles.

  • Published March 3, 2020

Built From Broken

Built from Broken is an advanced stretching book that will help you get back on the right track. Reduce your muscle pain, and recover from previous injuries by following this training strategy explained in this book.

Focusing on joint health, sports nutrition and corrective exercises, you will learn everything you need to ‘reprogram’ your body and get the best results.

Built from Broken include:

  • Part I – explaining why your joints are hurting
  • Part II – a step-by-step guide for pain relief, including stretching exercises

Altogether, this book has 348 pages of pure knowledge. That’s why this is one of the best stretching books.

Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Yoga

Everything you need to start doing Yoga right away. This book include:

  • How to achieve each pose (asana)
  • Warm-up routine for Yoga
  • Daily Yoga challenges

Learn how to practice Yoga safely, after reading 160 pages of this book.

Yoga: The Top 100 Best Yoga Poses

A comprehensive book on yoga explaining the impact yoga has on our mind and body. In addition to proper breathing and stretching exercises, as well as yoga poses, you will learn how to create an environment adapted to better yoga practice.

You will learn how to create the ideal yoga routine depending on your goals.

You will find the 100 best yoga poses of all time in the book.

  • Published May 23, 2017

Anatomy and 100 Stretching Exercises for Runners

Easy-to-digest book material about running and stretching. I recommend this book to casual runners who want to learn more about stretching, anatomy and muscle function.

In this book you will find:

  • Exercise illustration with primarly and secondary muscles presented
  • Exercise program accordigly to your fitness level

The Runner’s Expert Guide to Stretching

An advanced book on stretching and running, written by physical therapist Paul Hobrough. This book contains everything an everyday runner needs to know.

That includes:

  • How to find a weakness that is holding you back from running even faster
  • Stretching exercises by body segment
  • A detailed strength and conditioning program to improve racing ability

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Build Your Running Body

A complete book about running everyone should read, no matter if you are a casual runner or marathon expert.

This book is the best book regarding stretching and running . Now I will explain why.

In addition to the many exercises ( 393 exercise pictures ) in the book, you will also learn a lot about running.

The book contains interviews with world-famous runners, athletic trainers and other influential people in this field.

You will also learn more about barefoot running , the advantages and disadvantages of stretching , as well as how to choose the right running shoes.

In a word, you will get priceless knowledge that will raise your level of training drastically.

More about this book:

  • Written by Pete Magill, 61-year-old master runner and coach

Stretching Exercises for Seniors

It’s never too late to start an active life through stretching exercises!

This book contains everything you need to get started with your stretching routine . Originally intended for people over 60, I recommend this book to anyone who has noticed that the body no longer functions as it used to.

Here you will learn exercises that will help you do your daily household tasks more easily, reduce muscle tension and be more active in your everyday life.

Stretching Exercises for Seniors 60+: Gentle And Effective Illustrated Stretching Routines

This book contains many illustrations of exercises, so you will easily learn how to do stretching exercises without injuring yourself. The effect of these exercises is to:

  • Reduce joint stiffness
  • Relieve chronic pain
  • Improve flexibility

Stretching to Stay Young

This book is actually a guide that helps you create an individual plan and program of stretching exercises in accordance with your lifestyle and needs.

Contains illustrations of stretching exercises that show how to get the body into the stretching position for the best possible effect.

Regardless of your activity and age, these exercises will help you feel younger and more agile.

When it comes to selecting the ideal stretching book, it’s not just about picking the one with the most attractive cover or the most reviews. It’s about finding a resource that aligns with your goals, experience level, and specific needs. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Author’s Credentials : Ensure the author has a background in physical therapy, sports science, or a related field. Their expertise will ensure the techniques and advice given are both safe and effective.
  • Target Audience : Some books are tailored for beginners, while others cater to athletes or specific age groups. Make sure the book you choose aligns with your experience level and goals.
  • Depth of Content : Look for books that offer more than just basic stretches. Comprehensive guides will delve into the science behind stretching, different techniques, and even provide routines for specific needs or sports.
  • Illustrations and Clarity : A good stretching book should have clear illustrations or photographs to demonstrate each stretch. This ensures you can replicate the stretch accurately and safely.
  • Reviews and Recommendations : Check out reader reviews and see if the book has been recommended by reputable institutions or professionals in the field.

Q: How often should I stretch? A: For general flexibility and well-being, aim to stretch at least 3 times a week. If you’re an athlete or rehabilitating an injury, you might need to stretch more frequently.

Q: Should I stretch before or after my workout? A: It’s recommended to do dynamic stretches before a workout to prepare your muscles and static stretches post-workout for recovery and flexibility.

Q: Why do I feel sore after stretching? A: Mild soreness is normal, especially if you’re new to stretching or pushing your limits. However, sharp or persistent pain could indicate an injury and should be addressed by a professional.

Q: Can stretching help with back pain? A: Yes, stretching can alleviate back pain, especially stretches that target the lower back, hips, and hamstrings. However, it’s essential to ensure you’re doing the right stretches and techniques.

Q: Is it okay to stretch every day? A: Yes, daily stretching can be beneficial, especially if you’re looking to improve flexibility or are involved in activities that strain specific muscle groups.

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