Our Bets Fitness Books – whether you need advice or inspiration, you’ll find both here.
Table of Contents
The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
Ferriss applies his efficient, first principles mindset to the world of health and fitness, testing strategies on himself and providing clear instructions for following in his footsteps.
If you want a no fuss guide to achieving various fitness goals, this is a good place to start.
The World’s Fittest Book by Ross Edgeley
Similar to The 4 Hour Body but illustrated with more personal anecdotes and weighted more towards performance, Edgeley has culled wisdom from high performers around the world during a 10-year ‘Fitness Pilgrimage’ and collated it here.
Edgeley recently swam around Great Britain for charity so shares our taste for acahieving the impossible.
The book will give you a broad understanding of fitness from a fitness adventurer and sports science graduate while also providing workouts with every chapter.
Dr Dan Cleather challenges us to expect more from our training and to work smarter not harder. He describes how to avoid common training mistakes and lives by his philosophy of “If you cannot explain things simply you don’t understand them well enough”.
A great guide to training in general.
Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance by Christopher McDougall
This is the story of Churchill’s ‘dirty tricksters’, a crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete.
The book combines history and contemporary science to describe how the tricksters tapped into an ancient style of fitness to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance.
Not only a great story, this book demonstrates the value of combining timeless wisdom with modern performance techniques to become heroically fit.
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
Nothing less than a strength training bible.
Incredible detail and practical was to apply the principles for anyone beginning or levelling up their strength training.
Focussed on basic barbell exercises and including detailed guides to the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.
If you want to know more about strength training, this is one of the best places to start.
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Self-proclaimed ‘Bible of Bodybuilding’, there are few better qualified than Arnie himself tomake this claim.
This is a comprehensive guide to lifting weights and bodybuilding from one of the best to ever do it.
Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Dr Kelly Starrett
Dr. Kelly Starrett teaches you how to hack your own movement, allowing you to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat stiffness and achy joints, and prevent and rehabilitate injuries all by yourself using his guide.
No matter how athletic you are, this book will help you achieve your athletic potential.
Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler
Jesse Itzler felt himself drifting so went to live with David Goggins to push himself out of his complacency.
Although he gets (much) fitter, Itzler learns a lot more about himself and has more fun than he thought.
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