In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Mortimer J. Adler
Here are just a few books that have been immensely helpful and informative, inspiring, mindblowing, eye opening, relatable and transormative on my own journey through fitness, coaching and life. I am not including all of the books, because I simply have hundreds upon hundreds. I will be editing this list periodically as I read new books or as I old ones I’ve already read occur to me. I separate all the books into three very broad categories here: ‘Fitness and Training’, ‘Nutrition’ and ‘Life’.
The books in each category are not in any particular order (yet), though I did put some of the best Kettlebell books close to the top. I endeavour to write a mini description for each book, however if you clock on it, it’ll take you to the site with a full description.
Fitness and Training
Books on Kettlebell Training by Taco Fleur – amazing kettlebell technique books, best I have found. Taco likes taking his kettlebells around the world and has a very informative and fun YouTube channel as well.
‘Enter the Kettlebell’ by Pavel – kettlebell history and basics
‘Simple and Sinister’ by Pavel – programme minimum for kettlebell training
Kettlebell Conditioning System by Steve Maxwell – a book of a great variety of kettlebell techniques and workouts. Not for beginners however and must be used with a coach’s supervision.
Athletic Body in Balance by Gray Cook – a mist read for all coaches, this is the basis for the Functional Movement test
Master the Kettlebell by Max Shank – a good book of basic kettlebell techniques and workouts with nice photos and explanations.
‘The Naked Warrior’ by Pavel – bodyweight training basics
Overcoming Gravity by Steven Low – my favourite book on gymnastics of all time
‘Stretching your Boundaries’ by Al Kavadlo – great book on functional flexibility
‘The Edge of Strength’ by Scott Iardella – great book that outlines strength training principles and provides a very useful framework of progression.
‘Can You Go?’ by Dan John – great book on basic fitness assessments, plus it’s Dan John, he cuts through bullshit like hot knife through butter. All his books are good for clarifying your thinking and curing the gimmick fever.
‘The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge’ by Dan John – a book on the three basic kettlebell exercises, how to teach them, how to do them well.
‘The New Rules of Lifting’ by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove – a great non-technical book for everyday exercise enthusiast who wants to train in the gym but wants to do it better. The women’s version, the 40+ and other sequels are very nice too.
Your Body is your Barbell by BJGaddour – A book on bodyweight training that offers interesting progressions
The P:E Diet by Ted Naiman and William Shewfelt
The Craving Mind by Dr Judson Brewer
Beautiful Practice by Frank Forencich
Harden Up by Felix Economakis
Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Herrari
Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Heidt
The Coddling of American Mind by Jonathan Heidt and Greg Lukianoff
In The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell
The Right Side of History by Ben Shapiro