If you're looking for a few great fitness/nutrition books that I highly recommend, then look no further! The following list are books that I've enjoyed, and suggest to all of my own clients. While no book is a substitution for individualized, personalized, one on one personal training/program design, they sure can be a great supplement! The following books would be an excellent addition to any ones library.
Five Tibetan Rites - Peter Kelder
This is a very old book written in the 30's by Peter Kelder. Kelder claimed to have come across a group of monks who had discovered a "fountain of youth". They taught Kelder five basic exercises that were to be performed daily to improve your health and combat the damaging effects of daily life. The movements greatly resemble many found in Yoga and basic martial arts calisthenics. The "Five Rites" could be used as your morning routine. You can easily find some variation online for free. You can also find YouTube videos detailing "The Five Rites".
The Armour Of War (E-Book) - By. Tom Furman
Tom Furman has been involved in health and fitness for longer than some of you have been born. The guy is a "no bull shit" kind of guy who stands by no set dogmas and only uses what works. It's not hard to see why I enjoy his work! "The Armour Of War" is Tom's ebook on bodyweight training. It outlines a basic bodyweight program that can be done anywhere at any time and it's almost painfully direct. It's only $10 at his website www.TomFurman.com, pick it up and enjoy.
Becoming A Supple Leopard - By. Kelly Starrett
Kelly Starrett is CrossFit's resident mobility guru and runs www.MobilityWod.com . The book "Becoming A Supple Leopard" is loaded with more information than most people can handle on the subject of posture, mobility, and movement. It's good stuff, but comes with a price tag of around $70. Think of this a reference text that can be uses over and over again.
Building The Gymnastic Body - By. Coach Sommer
Gymnastics strength training for adults has been gaining popularity in the past few years, mostly because of Coach Summer. This was Coach's first book, it's large, and loaded with progressions helping guide you towards your goal of performing some advanced feats of gymnastics strength. While gymnastics strength training isn't for everyone, if it does interest you then this would be a great book to start with. There's one problem however ... the book is out of print and they no longer sell it from their website www.GymnasticBodies.com. You can find old copies on Ebay or Amazon, it would be worth picking up if you're interested in gymnastics strength training.
The Primal Blue Print - By. Mark Sisson
Mark Sisson is a former competitive long distance runner who regularly suffered from chronic illness and injuries. He changed his life by following what he calls "The Primal Blue Print", which is a series of life style laws based around a modified "paleo" diet and natural human movement/exercise. This book is a great place to start for anyone looking to make big changes to their fitness and nutrition without all the confusion. It's clean, simple, and easy to read. You can pick it up at their website www.MarkDailyApple.com
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