Here is where you’ll find any products that I feel will either help the fitness enthusiast better educate themselves on training and nutrition, or help the fitness professional get better at their craft.
These are books I’ve either read, am reading, or have come highly recommended from reputable people and are therefore on my to-read list.
I’ll endeavour to update this page regularly as I come across more great resources.
Personal trainer and strength coach recommended reading
Assessment, rehab and generally more technical material, yet with applications for the personal trainer or strength coach
Training books for the end-user e.g. ready to use programs
Miscellaneous. Other recommended reading that may have applications to training, health, business and/or life. Or, just books that I’ve found interesting or entertaining. In fact, it’s probably going to be more the latter: just books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. So, it’ll be a bit of a lucky dip for most.
Now, those are all books that I could get an Amazon badge for to make my site look nice and pretty.
However, there are several other excellent resources that are not available on Amazon that also well worth a look, in particular, several eBooks.
As I’ve mentioned previously eBooks are sometimes frowned upon by other bookworms who question their legitimacy. However, eBooks are able to be released almost instantly, which circumvents publishing delays and thus eBooks are often the most up to date forms of print media.
First, I’d be remiss not to give a mention to the late Dr. Mel Siff’s training tome Supertraining.
It’s a beast of book, and will likely take you months or even years to work through. But as far as I know, it is the single most comprehensive resource on training ever created, and is a landmark text that all fitness professionals should at least be aware of.
These nutrition books:
And these intermittent fasting specific protocols:
For a program for the end-user to follow, I’m a big fan of Precision Nutrition’s work, and highly recommend their coaching programs.
On understanding research and following the body of evidence:
On injury treatment and prevention, Paul Ingraham’s site is essentially a series of online eBooks. It’s an amazing resource:
And for unbiased and evidence-based information on health and performance supplements, there is simply no better resource than the outstanding Examine.com, and I highly recommend their reference guide for the fitness or health professional or serious health & fitness enthusiast, or their stack guides for the layperson wanting a simple filter of the worthwhile from the junk: