Sometimes I am asked about recommended books for trainers or for interested folks who just would like to learn more about training or nutrition....as a self-confessed bibllioholic I buy at least one or two a week, not always about fitness, but also about business and personal development. Recently I have even lapsed into buying fiction!
So, for those of you who are interested in widening the scope of your library, I have listed below some top 5's of books that are certainly worth thinking about investing in if you are interested in widening your knowledge and learning some new stuff!
My Top 5 Training Books...
O.k, this isn't an easy category to pick, but my top 5 are based on a desert island philosophy (assuming that island also had a gym of sorts). So, they all offer the maximum of useful and usable information with the minimum of fluff or filler.
1. Science and Practice of Strength Training - Zatsiorsky
2. Optimal Muscle Training - Kinakin (if you could only buy one, this would be an excellent choice).
3. Poliquin Principles - Poliquin
4. SuperTraining - Siff (I couldn't in all honesty bring myself to leave this one out, despite its complexity)
5. Stretch to Win - Fredericks (there are a couple of books on flexibility I really like, but this is probably my favourite).
Nearly rans included Low Back Disorders by McGill and Fleck and Kraemer's original text (not their latest one which was a real disappointment).
My Top 5 Nutrition Books
1. Staying Healthy Through Nutrition - Haas (This book has so much information in, it is always a great initial reference)
2. Diet Delusion - Taubes (brilliantly researched and evocative book)
3. Digestive Wellness - Lipski (a fantastic guide to the first part of the digestive chain)
4. 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth - Bowden (I recommend this for all my clients, it is a brilliant reference. Those of you who like it would do well to check out his book on 'Living the Low Carb Life'. He is a superb author and writes better than most I have read.)
5. The Cortisol Connection - Talbot
There are umpteen more books I own and think are great for learning about nutrition. I make no secret that I am a fan of both the Atkins approach and that of Michael Eades too, although I haven't included any specific 'diet' books in this list. 'Why Zebra's don't have ulcers' is a fantastic book as well and another that I highly recommend along with Dr James Wilson's book on Adrenal Fatigue.
Lastly, my Top 5 for Business and Personal Development
1. Good to Great - Collins (BUY THIS BOOK!!!)
2. The E-Myth Revisited - Gerber
3. What Clients Love - Beckwith
4. The Four Hour Work Week - Ferriss
5. Blue Ocean Strategy - Chan Kim
Now, what are you waiting for? Get yourself onto Amazon and away you go!!!