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Old 10-08-2010, 11:58 AM   #1
Nicholas Wyss
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I am wondering what a few of the books everyone here has read that they would recommend to others. These can be about training/nutrition/recovery etc. Anything that you found very informative, well-written, or that you felt helped improve your approach to fitness and health. Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #2
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Mind Gym, Primal Blueprint, Paleo Solution, Olympic Weightlifting, Born to Run, Total Immersion (best swimming book ever), Starting Strength, and Practical Programming.

Mind Gym is more about competing than training, but I think that it has carried over into my training and helped me to perform better.
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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If you haven't read all the stuff in this list it's a good place to start:


Different stuff for a variety of topics
Posts NOT intended as professional medical, training or nutrition advice.
Site // Bodyweight Strength Training Article // Overcoming Gravity Bodyweight Book
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:10 PM   #4
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Don't bother with any of that shit unless you enjoy it, because if you don't, you are going to miss a significant amount of subtlety present in the whole topic.

My recommendation is to stick with good old fashioned entertaining fiction. Something that makes you snicker out loud, or you think is bad ass. Try to get involved with some kind of lifting team (either PL or OL) and do what your coach tells you for a few years. That'll get you further ahead than 99% of people online.

Now, if this is a genuine interest, sure pick up some of that shit. I can really recommend very little on Steve Low's list, as much of that is worthless bullshit. I mean, come on, Steven..."The Poliquin Principles" "Good Calories, Bad Calories" (Or How I Learned to Cherry Pick Research and Ignore What I Didn't Like). Don't toe that line.

Rippetoe's "Starting Strength" is solid, as long as you ignore that low bar stuff. His "Practical Programming" isn't something I'd recommend. On the other hand, Bill Starr's "The Strongest Shall Survive", which is the spiritual forefather of Rip's material is something I could recommend wholeheartedly.

Also, the Zatsiorsky book. Everett's book is good on Olympic Weightlifting. The "Trigger Point Workbook" can also be valuable, as can some general tome on flexibility...I like "Stretch to Win" by the Frederick's myself.

I liked "Born to Run" but it's a piece of sensational non-fiction. Tread warily. Total Immersion does seem to be the go-to text on swimming.
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Old 10-09-2010, 03:28 AM   #5
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the BEST DEAL on stretching is from Kit Laughlin Stretching and flexibility,

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Old 10-09-2010, 05:13 AM   #6
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What don't you like about "Practical Programming?" I'm just curious.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
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It's pedantic and condescending.

That was the first edition. I got very little out of it. I haven't seen the later editions.

Almost all of it was rehashing topics I'd learned about well over twenty years ago.
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