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01-10-2007, 10:17 PM
OK, I'm looking to do some reading on anything remotely training oriented. Wanna give me some book recommendations? I'm a training neophyte, so I'm looking to lay some foundation here. The books I already have on the list are Starting Strength, Paleo Diet, Body Ecology Diet.


Mike ODonnell
01-11-2007, 04:58 AM
Get a copy of Robbs brain...it has everything you will ever want to know...and things you don't want to know about.

Seriously...it all depends on your training focus. For instance are you going to want to gain lbs or train for sports? So many books out there. The 3 you have on the list are probably the best for overall health, strength and nutrition. Until you have read those, I really wouldn't worry about what to get next. Too many books will just make it more complicated than it needs to be....but once you have that solid foundation I like the "Eat, Move and Be Healthy" book by Chek (most of it is really nutritional), "Functional Training for Sports" by Boyle for things to add in for sports training, and pretty much any information is on the internet for free if you want to do some digging around sites and their forums/message boards (like this one, CF, T-nation, etc....have to go through alot of BS stuff but there are good articles out there....just find good authors and follow their stuff, like Poliquin, Cosgrove, Pavel T, etc...) Or just keep asking questions on forums that have access to top notch guys (plug for PM) who have already read every book there is and can simplify it down to a one or two word answer....like if you want to grow, then you squat-eat-sleep. See....easy reading!

Or do what most do, go the Barnes and Noble, get a coffee and read all their books for free for a couple hours, google at the women and use lame pick up lines in the travel book section....it's bound to turn out to be a good day somehow.

Scott Kustes
01-11-2007, 04:59 AM
CrossFit Journal (https://store.crossfit.com/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?usr=51F7597282&rnd=5388033&rrc=N&affl=&cip=
Performance Menu (http://www.performancemenu.com/subscribe/index.php)

Best $55/year you'll spend.

Allen Yeh
01-11-2007, 05:32 AM
So many good books around and so little money to spend...woe is me!

I echo Scott's recommendations, the back issues are well worth the 5 dollars.

Rip just came out with another book which I've heard good.

To add onto what Mike said, any book in which Alwyn Cosgrove is a co-author is worth the money. The Core Performance book by Mark Verstengen is a good read for all the dynamic warmup stuff, pre-hab, and recovery stuff.

Yuen Sohn
01-11-2007, 08:21 AM
You can't go wrong with the writings of Dan John...


Neal Winkler
01-11-2007, 08:52 AM
I think both of Rippetoe's books, "Starting Strength" and "Practical Periodization" are classics.

"Ultimate Back Health and Performance" by Stuart Mcgill is the best book on core training.

For nutrtion, SKIP "THE PALEO DIET"! Get "Protein Power Lifeplan" by Michael and Mary Eades.

The other nutrion book you must read is "The Great Cholesterol Con" second edition, by Anthony Colpo.

Know these 5 books like the back of your hand and you'll be smart cookie.

Steve Shafley
01-11-2007, 09:16 AM
Wow. Neal and I agree SPOT ON.


When you order the Rippetoe books, see if you can get a deal on Bill Starr's "The Strongest Shall Survive" and "Defying Gravity"

"Defying Gravity" is probably the greatest book ever written about the psychology of lifting competition, and has some great advice on peaking.

Mike ODonnell
01-11-2007, 09:30 AM
Another book that is crucial: You own training journal...so you have your workouts planned, nutrition mapped out and make progress.

Yael Grauer
01-11-2007, 09:45 AM
Robb's going to tell you to read Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival.

I really like Nourishing Traditions: The Book That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, mostly because the recipes rock, but not all of them are Paleo.

Ross Enamait's books (Never Gymless, Infinite Intensity) have a ton of cool exercises to mix things up. Variety, baby.

And you should read Sandman #50. ;)

01-11-2007, 10:39 AM

Why do you prefer Protein Power over Paleo?

Is it the saturated fat thing?

Everyone else:

Thak you for the great suggestions! Now to find the money for the books in my couch cushions!

Scott Kustes
01-11-2007, 10:40 AM
Another vote for Lights Out (see signature) and Protein Power Lifeplan. I like Paleo too except for the saturated fat thing.

Neal Winkler
01-11-2007, 10:57 AM
PPLP goes over more things, it's much more comprehensive.

Steve Shafley
01-11-2007, 11:27 AM
Accessibility, too.

Mike ODonnell
01-11-2007, 11:55 AM
Is Dan Duchanie's Body Opus in anyone's top 10?

Steve Shafley
01-11-2007, 12:38 PM
I liked Dan's stuff, and for the time, it was groundbreaking. IMHO, Lyle McDonald took it to the next level with his Ultimate Diet 2.0 book

Jeremy Jones
01-11-2007, 04:53 PM
I just want to say that Billy's avatar is awesome.


And that reading every one of Dan John's Get UP!s is a great idea.

Frank Needham
01-11-2007, 05:25 PM
Billy, you needn't spend a fortune on books though the recommendations given by others here are very good. I once asked a question on another board about Exercise Physiology and someone came back with this link:
All of it, without exception, is of the finest kind. In the pages of the link there are further links to all manner of author's articles like Pendlay, Rippetoe, Kilgore, Lou Simmons, Dave Tate, etc, etc....
This link alone will keep you busy for hours of reading:
I've just not found any better source of (weight) training on the net! For a beginner you just can't possibly go wrong with this stuff.

Neal Winkler
01-11-2007, 05:40 PM
WOW... THAT is a find...

01-11-2007, 09:36 PM

Those are some SWEET links!!


I love throwing out simple questions and getting such helpful answers!! Group hug! (Or high fives all around for the less touchy-feely members)
(Or eye contact for the germophobes)
(Or complete avoidance for the agorophobes)

01-12-2007, 01:08 PM
...and now it's my turn to give back. Check this story out. We can all be geniuses like Matt Damon in "Goodwill Hunting" (Favorite line: "Hey Carmine, remember me from 2nd grade? Will Hunting?")

Robert McBee
01-12-2007, 05:44 PM
I get grief everytime I recommend this because of the bosu ball on the cover but "Functional Training for Sports" by Mike Boyle, yes Mike Boyle, has a variety of solid stuff in it.

Anything by Ross Enamait.
Another bump for "Protein Power Lifeplan" by the Eades'
Art DeVaney's Blog.

and above all of course "THE PeformanceMenu!" or as Samuel L. Jackson would say it "The MutherF@#$%$#@ PerformanceMenu"

Scott Kustes
01-13-2007, 12:10 PM
and above all of course "THE PeformanceMenu!" or as Samuel L. Jackson would say it "The MutherF@#$%$#@ PerformanceMenu"
"It'll get you drunk! You'll be f*ckin fat chicks in no time! You might even fight a n---- or two! Mmmm mmmm b!tch!" (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7295945778197571358)

Mike ODonnell
01-13-2007, 05:08 PM
Forgot "The Inflammation Zone" (good insight into inflammation and how to change it around)

Yael Grauer
01-14-2007, 04:11 PM
This is great! I'm definitely gonna check out some of the classes once I get my remedial math back in order.

Check out this awesome syllabus that my alma mater put out on their site!!! I thought it'd be really cool to start a local book discussion group based on the class... http://www.shimer.edu/aboutshimercollege/upload/FamousTrials.pdf

I miss college. :(