- Biomedical Engineer: Johns Hopkins University
- RKC Russian Kettlebell Club: Strength & Conditioning
- FMS Level II: Functional Movement Screen
- 3DMAPS: 3 Dimensional Movements Analysis and Performance System
- Muscle Energy Techniques: Rehabilitation and Mobility
- Mobility|WOD Movement and Mobility Specialist: Movement and Mechanics
- Y-Balance: Examination of Movement Patterns and Imbalances
- TRX Suspension Training: Core and Bodyweight
- CrossFit Level 1: Weight loss and Metabolic Training
- CrossFit Powerlifting: Strength Training
- CrossFit Gymnastics: Bodyweight and Mobility
- Precision Nutrition: Nutrition Coaching
- Trigger Point Therapy Manual
- Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga
- CrossFit Scaling Course
- CrossFit Spot the Flaw
- Kit Laughlin Vimeo Series
- NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)
- The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell. Rating 9/10
- The New Rules for Lifting by Lou Schuler. Rating 8/10
- P90x Videos Series by Beachbody and Tony Horton. Rating 8/10
- Bring It! by Tony Horton. Rating 6/10
- Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews. Not Rated Yet
- The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rating 4/10
- Delavier’s Sculpting Anatomy for Women: Shaping your core, butt, and legs by Frederic Delavier. Rating 3/10
- Bodybuilding Anatomy-2nd Edition by Nicholas Evans. Rating 2/10
- Keys to the Universe by Bill Pearl. Rating 1/10.
- Better than Steroids by Warren Willey. Not Rated Yet
Bodyweight & Gymnastics
- The IMPACT! Body Plan by Todd Durkin. Rating 9/10
- Men’s Health Your Body is Your Barbell by BJ Gaddor. Rating 8/10
- Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras. Rating 6/10
- Insanity Video Series by Beachbody and Sean T. Rating 6/10
- Bodyweight Strength Training by Jay Cardiello. Rating 3/10
- Free+Style: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements by Carl Paoli. Not Rated Yet.
- Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Training by Ashley Kalym. Not Rated Yet.
- The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline. Not Rated Yet.
- The Big Book of Clubbell Training by Scott Sonnon. Rating 9/10
CrossFit & General Physical Preparedness
- By the Numbers by Sean Manseau. Rating 10/10.
- First: What it Takes to Win by Rich Froning. Not Rated Yet.
- Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C Hertz. Not Rated Yet.
- Kettlebell Rx by Jeff Martone. Rating 9/10.
- Enter The Kettlebell! Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen by Pavel Tsatsouline. Rating 6/10.
- RKC Book of Strength and Conditioning by Geoff Neupert. Rating 3/10.
- Kettlebell Simple & Sinister by Pavel Tsatsouline. Not Rated Yet.
Mobility, Stability, & Stretching
- Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition by Kelly Starrett. Rating 10/10
- Stretching & Flexibility, 2nd Edition by Kit Laughlin. Rating 10/10
- Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies by Gray Cook. Rating 6/10
- Stretching: 30th Anniversary Edition by Bob Anderson. Rating 5/10.
- Real Movement: Perspective on Integrated Motion & Motor Control by Adam Wolf. Not Rated Yet
- The Science of Flexibility – 3rd Edition by Michael Alter. Not Rated Yet
- Muscle Mechanics – 2nd Edition by Everett Aaberg. Not Rated Yet
- Relax into Stretch by Pavel Tsatsouline. Not Rated Yet
- The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body by Robert Donald Cooley. Not Rated Yet
- Stretching Scientifically: A Guide to Flexibility Training by Thomas Kurz. Not Rated Yet
- Gourmet Nutrition: The Cookbook for the Fit Food Lover by John Berardi. Rating 10/10
- Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig. Rating 8/10
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference by Phyllis Balch. Rating 8/10
- The Shredded Chef: 120 Recipes for Building Muscle by Michael Matthews. Not Yet Rated
- Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett. Rating 10/10
- Strength Training Anatomy Workout II by Frederic Delavier. Rating 4/10
- Ignite the Fire: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career by Jonathan Goodman. Not Yet Rated
- Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In by Brett Bartholomew. Not Yet Rated
- Attention and Motor Skill Learning by Gabriele Wulf. Not Yet Rated
- Muscle Energy Techniques by John Gibbons. Rating 9/10
- The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Third Edition by Clair Davies. Rating 8/10
- The Vital Psoas Muscle by Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones. Not Yet Rated
- Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain by Donna Finando. Not Yet Rated
- Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 3e by Thomas Myers. Not Yet Rated
- Muscle Energy Techniques: 4e by Chaitow. Not Rated Yet
- Therapeutic Exercise for Lumbopelvic Stabilization: A Motor Control Approach… Low Back Pain, 2e by Richardson. Not Yet Rated
- The Athlete’s Shoulder, 2e by Andrews. Not Yet Rated
Power Lifting Books
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition by Mark Rippetoe. Rating 10/10
- Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe. Rating 7/10
- 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System by Jim Wendler. Rating 5/10
Running and Endurance Training
- Power Speed Endurance by Brian MacKenzie. Not Yet Rated.
- Unbreakable Runner by TJ Murphy. Not Yet Rated.
- Ready to Run by Kelly Starret. Not Yet Rated.
Strength Training Books
- Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier. Rating: 10/10
- Designing Resistance Training Programs, 4th Edition by Steven Fleck. Rating: 7/10
- Advances in Functional Training by Michael Boyle. Rating: 1/10
- Science and Practice of Strength Training, 2nd Edition by Vladimir Zatsiorsky. Not Rated Yet
- The Purposeful Primitive: Using the Primordial Laws of Fitness to Trigger … Physical Change by Marty Gallagher. Not Rated Yet
TRX Suspension Training
- Suspended Bodyweight Training: Workout Programs for Total-Body Fitness by Kenneth Leung. Rating 5/10
- Complete Guide to TRX Suspension Training by Jay Dawes. Rating 3/10
- Yoga Anatomy, 2d by Leslie Kaminoff. Rating 7/10
- The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown. Not Yet Rated
- 2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses by Daniel Lacerda. Not Yet Rated
- The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar. Not Yet Rated
- Light on Yoga: The Bible of Modern Yoga by B. K. S. Iyengar. Not Yet Rated
- Anatomy for Yoga: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action by Leigh Brandon. Not Yet Rated
- The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind by Richard Freeman. Not Yet Rated
- Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson. Not Yet Rated
- Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens. Not Yet Rated
- Hatha Yoga Illustrated by Martin Kirk. Not Yet Rated
- The Complete Guide to Yoga Inversions: Learn How to Invert, Float, and Fly with Inversions and Arm Balances by Jennifer DeCurtins. Not Yet Rated
- The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Ray Long. Not Yet Rated
- The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II by Ray Long. Not Yet Rated
- Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses by Ray Long. Not Yet Rated
- Yoga Mat Companion 2: Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends by Ray Long. Not Yet Rated
- Yoga Mat Companion 3: Anatomy for Backbends and Twists by Ray Long. Not Yet Rated
All books are read twice cover to cover. I space the readings at least 6 months apart. I’ve found that I learn a great deal more reading a book twice because I understand it’s organization better. I’m also able to understand some of the more subtle points the author is trying to make.
Ratings are based on the following criteria:
- Cost of book: more expensive books should be better. If they aren’t, I lower the rating.
- Clarity of illustrations: good illustrations make reading the book easier.
- Redundancy: I hate when books waste my time by repeating the same principles over and over.
- Organization: Organization of material is very important for learning new concepts.
- Worksheets, Charts, Bonus Videos, etc.: Did the author include quality bonus materials
- Best of Breed: Did this book really discuss new research and information. Does it do something better than other books.
- Not Yet Rated. If I haven’t read the book twice, you’ll see it’s rated as not yet rated.
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