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Old 05-14-2007, 09:17 AM   #1
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Do you have a top five list of health and fitness books?
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:27 AM   #2
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Don't think I could narrow it down to five. Check out Eric Cressey's resource list, it's phenomenal. http://www.ericcressey.com/recommendedresources.html

Here' 5 really good ones:

Starting Strength (Ripp & Kilgore)
Practical Programming (Rip & Kilgore)
No Bull Speed Manual or Vertical Jump Development Bible (Kelly Baggett)
Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance (Stuart McGill)
Sport Mechanics for Coaches (Gerald Carr)
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:00 AM   #3
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I hadn't seen Cressey's list... thanks for posting that, Neal. Lot's of good stuff there.

To some extent, my recommendations would depend on the audience. Having said that, here are five titles I don't think anyone can go wrong with.
  • How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy (Paul Chek)
  • The Body Ecology Diet (Donna Gates)
  • Play As Your Life Depends On It (Frank Forencich)
  • Starting Strength (Mark Rippetoe)
  • The New Rules of Lifting (Cosgrove & Schuler)

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:34 AM   #4
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Fitness Without Exercise by Stamford and Shimer

I sent this book to Dan John years ago, and forgot what he said about it, but, even though it's bit dated and it's not paleo, there are some good, common sense things in this book about keeping active to stay fit and healthy. It's really a spiritual precursor to Forencich's material, and it's all about eating a nutrient dense, calorie sparse diet, and keeping busy with chores and other interesting physical activities.

Very low key, and it really didn't get too much respect. I see copies of it for sale for basically $0.01 + shipping.

It's worth a look if you see it at the library.

All the other books I'd recommend are bound to be recommended by someone else.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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Good stuff. I really like Protein Power Life-plan and Lights Out. Broken record on that stuff. Enter the Zone, natural hormonal Enhancement is REALLY good if you get in and read it seriously. Can I throw all of cordains research articles into my 5th choice?
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:25 PM   #6
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great ones above...so not going to repeat...from a health pov I liked:
Never be Sick Again
UltraPrevention
Inflammation Nation

for exercises I keep it so basic to only compound movements...so Rip's book is tops and X-Fit's and Core Performance's Exercise demo webpages (with vids) are excellent resources. Boyle's book is good if you are into sports training....but the net has so much info out there about all this nowadays...

If the Pmenu ever put a book together I am sure it would cover all the topics one would ever need....my guess is that an IF based book would be a big hit....
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....my guess is that an IF based book would be a big hit....
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yeah but first to have the webpage and E-book wins.....
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:27 PM   #9
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great ones above...so not going to repeat...from a health pov I liked:
Never be Sick Again
UltraPrevention
Inflammation Nation
Right now, I am reading UltraMetabolism by Mark Hyman, one of the authors of UltraPrevention. It has some good info on weight loss and generally solid dietary principles
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